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How to Conduct a Comprehensive Mental Status Examination

  • 01 Mar 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online (GotoWebinar)


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The purpose of the MSE is to obtain a comprehensive cross-sectional description of the patient's mental state, which, when combined with the biographical and historical information of the psychiatric history, allows the clinician to make an accurate diagnosis and formulation, which are required for coherent treatment.  Many mental health professionals are under-trained on how to conduct--as well as how to report--a MSE.  In fact, the MSE section of the forensic mental health evaluation report is one of the most commonly rejected section in NBFE's oral examination.  If you're not 100% confident that you can conduct and report a quality MSE, then this webinar is for you! 

Learning Objectives

  1. Distinguish between some commonly confused terms, such as   affect v. mood,  insight v. judgment, hallucinations v. delusions.
  2. Describe intelligently the presentation of a patient with psychiatric symptoms. 
  3. Review examples of language and terminology when writing the MSE.
  4. Identify appropriate screening tools to assist with the MSE.
  5. Learn to write normal (negative) and abnormal (positive) MSEs.

About the Presenters

Norman Hoffman, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC, LMFT, CCMHC, CFMHE, CFBA, CCCE

Dr. Norman E. Hoffman – a highly regarded psychotherapist, president of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. a nonprofit public charity, and a board-certified mental health counselor Dr. Hoffman is in full-time private practice in Ormond Beach, Florida, both as a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor.

Dr. Hoffman began his work with the Devereux Foundation in 1963, specializing as a music therapist for children. In 1969, he then completed a one-year clinical internship at the Menninger Memorial Hospital in Kansas. That experience led to his first book, Hear the Music! A New Approach to Mental Health. His work in the field of organic brain damage led to The Hoffman Organicity Test.

From the time of his work at the Hazleton/Nanticoke MH/MR Center in Pennsylvania, in 1976, Dr. Hoffman assisted in the development, training and of child custody evaluations between the mental health center and the Luzerne/Wyoming County Circuit Court. He is an expert witness in the field of forensic mental health evaluations, child custody disputes, and competency assessments throughout the United States. Dr. Norm is a qualified and approved Parenting Coordinator as well as a former Florida Family Law Supreme Court Mediator.

Continuing Education Information

The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. 

This workshop has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-642801 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

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