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Ethics, Hearsay and Ex parte Issues when conducting a Forensic Mental Health Evaluation

  • 16 Oct 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online (Zoom)


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During the therapeutic process, and especially the evaluative process, the role of the professional in conducting an unbiased and impartial evaluation is paramount.  Many times, the therapist and the evaluator’s role sometimes becomes confused and blended.

This course will hopefully delineate those roles and describe the foundation that support the manner in which the forensic mental health evaluators conducts themselves when appointed to conduct parenting plans, social investigations forensic mental health evaluations, child custody evaluations and parenting coordination.  The course will describe Ex parte rules, ethical considerations and Hearsay rules for the expert to absorb, integrate and employ.

Learning Objectives

1.      The participant will be introduced to the terms, Hearsay and Ex parte
2.      Hearsay rules and Ex parte examples will be demonstrated
3.      Examples of how to present restricted Hearsay material
4.      Informed Consent and Agreements will be provided
5.      The participant will be shown how to and how not to respond to a Subpoena
6.      Examples of Dual Relationships will be presented
7.     When and how to involve the court


  • $10 for NBFE members (i.e., CFMHEs and CFMHE applicants/candidates) and, for members of  our partnering organizations (see Professional Partners for current listing)
  • $30 for non-members

About the Presenters

Kim Banister, Esq.

Kim Bannister 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.  

She has also served as a two-term President as well as Vice President and Board Member for the Volusia Flagler Association for Women Lawyers, and served on the State Board for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.  She has served on the steering committee for the formation of Sally’s Safe Haven Visitation Center in Flagler County.  Ms. Banister is a past volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and served in leadership with the Girl Scouts of America for over seven years. 

Dr. Norman Hoffman

Dr. 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.

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 and 1.0 ethics contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counselingand the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-787198 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).  

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

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