Two historic crises have highlighted the role of mental health professionals in evaluating law enforcement officers and first responders—the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, which in turn has sparked protests and riots nationwide. Accurate prediction of the likelihood that an individual is psychologically fit for the immense challenges and responsibilities of public service is critical. This webinar will provide a brief introduction to Fitness for Duty evaluations by an experienced evaluator who contracts with public service agencies to determine whether candidates are prepared for the rigorous demands of a career in law enforcement and fire and rescue.
- Prepare participants about the process of what is expected from the police, fire and other departments subsequent to a traumatic or distressing event.
- Demonstrate to participants the reasons for a Fitness for Duty evaluation may be presented
- Introduce participants to the format of a quality evaluation
- Familiarize participants with appropriate testing instruments
- Review a case example of a Fitness for Duty evaluation
- Disseminate relevant handouts to participants.
This event is free for all NBFE members (Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators and applicants and candidates pursuing the CFMHE credential) as well as all members of organizations that partner with NBFE (see Professional Partners page for a complete list). If, however, an attendee wants a continuing education certificate via email, then an administrative fee of $15 (members of NBFE and partnering organizations) or $20 (non-members) will be assessed.
About the Presenter
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 completed a two-day training with Dr. Richard Gardener, who first introduced the term parental alienation syndrome. 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 webinar has been approved for 1.0 general contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-784394 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
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