Nervous About Testifying in Court?
Want to Step Up Your Game?
This Training is for YOU!
In partnership with the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA), the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE) announces our exclusive Expert Witness Academy training workshop at NBFE Headquarters in Ormond Beach, Florida or online via live webinar broadcast for clinicians who can't attend in person. NBFE is the only forensic certification organization officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
Forensic mental health evaluation is a meaningful, impactful, lucrative, and rewarding specialization in the mental health professions, but so many mental health professionals feel intimidated by the prospect of testifying in court as an expert witness. Reading books and watching lectures may help a little, but nothing prepares a clinician more for court than experience. That's where this training comes in!
The morning segment will take place at NBFE's headquarters, where a multimedia presentation will be used to help prepare attendees for the courtroom. The afternoon segment will take place at the nearby Volusia County Courtroom, where attendees will take turns role-playing with an actual judge and actual attorney, answering difficult and challenging questions on the stand!
What could better prepare you for taking the stand? Our guess...nothing!
Goals of the Academy:
- Prepare adequately for courtroom testimony
- Become more comfortable with the courtroom process
- Experience live direct and cross examination from a licensed attorney
- Understand what to prepare for court
- Develop credibility, confidence, likability and authenticity
The participants will get an appreciation, in a real-live courtroom, with a real judge and attorney, and experience the attorney-traps and how to artfully respond. They will get a deeper understanding of courtroom protocol and how to avoid disqualification of their report and testimony. They will experience role-play in an actual courtroom in Deland, Florida where practicing attorneys and judges work-daily with real cases.
Volusia County Courthouse, Deland, FL
Through the auspices of the Volusia County Court Administrator, Mark Weinburg, Judge Dawn Nichols and Kim Banister, Esq., we will have first-hand true-experience of what it feels like to be examined and react to this experience in real-life.
- Prepare for deposition
- Develop appropriate qualifications as an expert witness
- Prepare for direct examination
- Prepare for cross-examination
- Prepare for your record examination
- Understand and prepare for Voir-dire
- Organize a report
- Practice specific responses
- Engage in pretrial preparation
- Create a Cue Book (Book of Everything)
- Appreciate appropriate courtroom dress and décor
- Understanding “sequestration”
- Understand the definition of amicus curiae
- Understand heresay and ex parte
- Experience a self-analysis via video recording
- $300 for non-members
- $275 for Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators (CFMHEs) and CFMHE applicants/candidates
- $275 for members of any organization that partners with NBFE (see Professional Partners for full listing)
- $175 for attendees who register for the CFMHE workshop that takes place the day prior to this event at NBFE Headquarters (creating a 2-day workshop). Click here for details of workshop.
About the Presenters
Dr. Norman Hoffman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Founder and President of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE). He is an experienced expert witness, forensic examiner, author, and jazz musician. Dr. Hoffman developed the Hoffman Organicity Test (HOT), which aids clinicians in differentiating between organic brain disorders, non-organic disorders, and psychotic disorders.
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.
Judge Dawn D. Nichols currently presides over one of the DeLand felony divisions in the Seventh Judicial Circuit. She started her career as a public defender and was a private practitioner in Volusia & Flagler Counties for 20 years. She was appointed to the judiciary in 2014.
Kim Banister, Esq. is a private attorney with a practice centering on family law, domestic violence, dependency and probate. She is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator. Ms. Banister has worked primarily in the Volusia and Flagler County areas for the past eleven years. She has also represented clients in Citrus, Osceola, Seminole, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval and Clay Counties. She is the former managing attorney for the family law division of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF). During her tenure at CLSMF, she managed seven attorneys and support staff in twelve counties across Central Florida and was named Outstanding Supervisor of the Year.
Ms. Banister received her law degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology and a minor in Museum Curation and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with certification in Applied Archaeology from George Mason University, graduating with honors from both universities.
Kim is also actively involved in a variety of community and professional organizations. She is the current President of the Volusia County Bar Association and a former Executive Board member. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Volusia Flagler PACE Center for Girls, serving for six years, and a past member of the Junior League of Daytona Beach.
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 8 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 # 20-765806 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
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