In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, many mental health professionals are looking for ways to diversity their practice. Forensic mental health evaluation is an interesting, impactful, and lucrative option for counselors who wish to branch out into new areas of expertise. For many clinicians, forensic work triggers a series of questions:
- What can I do and not do as an expert witness?
- Am I qualified to administer and interpret psychological tests?
- What are judges and attorneys looking for in an evaluation?
- What are some of the unique ethical considerations for forensic evaluation?
- Can I do forensic work without having a doctorate?
- Is it true that forensic evaluation is for psychologists and psychiatrists and not counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists?
- How would I get business?
- How much should I charge for my services?
- What training or experience would I need?
Whether you want to practice exclusively in the specialty area of forensic mental health, want to do a little bit of it on the side, or are just curious and want to learn more, this training could be a helpful introduction into the field. We will cover various types of forensic specialties, ethical and legal guidelines for practice, options for training and certification, and how to build a forensic practice. We will also dispel common myths about the scope of practice of clinical mental health counseling as it relates to administering and interpreting psychological tests and conducting forensic evaluations. Finally, we will review various resources and options for training and certification.
1. Define forensic mental health evaluation as a specialization.
2. List and describe the various types of forensic mental health evaluations counselors can specialize in.
3. Describe ethical and legal considerations for forensic mental health.
4. Identify several resources for training in forensic evaluation.
- $30 for NBFE members (i.e., CFMHEs and CFMHE applicants/candidates)
- $30 for members of partnering organizations (see Professional Partners for current listing)
- $45 for non-members
About the Presenter
Aaron Norton, LMHC, LMFT, MAC, CFMHE, CFBA
Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy serving as Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Adjunct Instructor at the University of South Florida, Southern Regional Director for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Past-President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.
He has nearly 20 years of clinical and forensic experience at Integrity Counseling, Inc., was awarded Mental Health Counselor of the Year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2016, Researcher of the Year by Florida Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling.
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 2.0 contact hours (1.0 general and 1.0 ethics hours) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, CE Broker Tracking # 20-810980 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
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