A mental health professional can be an excellent therapist or evaluator, but if he or she sends a poorly written report to a court, third party payer, probation officer, attorney, or third party payer, the implications can be substantial. In forensic cases, a report or evaluator can be disqualified as an expert due to errors, omissions, and/or inappropriate commentary. For this reason, it's not enough to be a good clinician--you have to also know how to write a quality report. Didn't get thorough training on report-writing in grad school? Don't remember it because it was so long ago? Not feeling secure about your report-writing, or maybe just looking for some reassurance that you're already doing a great job with your reports? This webinar was designed to help you learn to write a report in such a way that your target audience will understand you, ensure appropriate content, train you to avoid sentences that may be deemed offensive or inappropriate, and learn to use good English, syntax, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
Participants will become mindful of avoiding unprofessional words and sentence structure
- Identify strategies to be more mindful of avoiding unprofessional words and sentence structure.
- Review vocabulary utilized in professional reports.
- Identify how to keep reports succinct, consistent, and structured.
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 2 hours 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 # 20-693714 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
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