Become a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE)!
The National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE) announces our exclusive forensic mental health evaluator certification training event on Thursday, January 4th 2024, Hybrid Event, enabling mental health professionals across the country to attend Remotely & In-Person @422 N. Atlantic Ave. | Daytona Beach FL | Daytona Grande Oceanfront Hotel. NBFE is the only forensic certification organization officially endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
Forensic mental health evaluation is an impactful and lucrative area of specialization for licensed mental health professionals, yet few counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists are exposed to this unique specialty in their graduate training. Whether you plan on working full time in forensics or just wish to supplement your practice with an additional funding stream, this credential can help you establish yourself as a forensic expert. If you already work in the forensic field, this credential can boost your resume, sharpen your evaluation skills, and enhance your reputation as an expert.
NBFE is offering an 8-hour forensic mental health certification training workshop for licensed mental health professionals. Participants can attend in-person and online via Zoom.
Join Our Elite Group of Certified Clinicians!
Attendees who complete the entire certification process and are awarded the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential can use the credential to better establish themselves as experts in the forensic arena.
NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee includes:
- The 8-hour workshop on the fundamentals of forensic mental health evaluation online via Zoom.
- Free 24/7 access to several webinar recordings and study materials designed to help candidates prepare for the written and oral examinations for certification
- One-on-one mentoring (via email, phone, or webcam) with an expert CFMHE who provides feedback on written evaluation reports
- Written examination and oral examination fees
- Complimentary participation in select NBFE webinars
- Complimentary access to NBFE’s member portal, including use of our online forum for questions and answers about forensic mental health evaluation.
Get Certified at a Reduced Rate!
NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee is $715, but we are offering a heavily discounted fee of $600 for all candidates who register for this event. Students and interns may attend at a reduced rate of $300 to start learning about forensic mental health evaluation. However, students and interns cannot obtain the full certification until they have been licensed for a full year, at which time they may pay the remaining $300 balance and continue with the certification process, having enjoyed the benefits to free and reduced-cost forensic webinars in the interim.
- Learn about the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator credential, and the certification process.
- Participants will articulate an understanding of the certification and credentialing process for the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) credential.
- Participants will define "forensic mental health evaluation" and describe differences between forensic and clinical evaluations, ethical considerations for forensic evaluation, types of forensic mental health evaluations, and qualifications for administering and interpreting psychological tests.
- Participants will summarize subject matter incorporated into the CFMHE written examination, including Parental Alienation Syndrome and child custody cases, assessment and testing principles, psychopathic traits, domestic violence, competency to stand trial, malingering, civil commitment, laws and standards of forensic mental health evaluation, assessment of violence and suicide potential, interviewing techniques, personal injury cases, juvenile assessment, substance abuse evaluation, sexual abuse, expert witness standards, and resources to learn more.
- Participants will write a quality forensic evaluation report.
- Participants will describe tips and strategies for the oral examination and expert witness testimony.
- Participants will identify tests that can be used for forensic applications.
Note that attendance at this workshop is not the only step in the certification process. Attendees must also complete an online application, submit three reference letters, submit proof of licensure for at least one full year (associate, intern, and provisional license status will not meet this requirement unless the applicant is legally permitted to diagnose and treat mental disorders without being under the supervision of another licensed mental health professional), submit proof of malpractice insurance, document 40 hours of forensic-related training and/or experience (e.g., CEs, time spent conducting evaluations, writing reports, court testimony, etc.), pass the written examination (administered at the end of the workshop), submit a sample report, and pass the oral examination (done via webcam online) as depicted in the graphic below and on our website. Most attendees already have the 40 hours experience (i.e., work-related experience or training experience) prior to attending the workshop, but many do not. If an attendee does not already have 40 hours of forensic experience, he or she may apply 8 hours from by attending this workshop and then obtain the remaining hours through other means after the workshop by attending training events on forensic mental health-related topics with any approved CE provider (NBFE is not responsible for any additional costs incurred during that process).
About the Presenters
Norman Hoffman, Ph.D., Ed.D., LMHC, LMFT, CFMHE, CCCE, CFBA, CFP
A man who saw the potential, an innovator, pushing the boundaries to advance the cause of licensed professional counselor in the field of forensic mental health. He had the vision, the success in his field, sometimes overcoming great challenges to pave the way for those seeking status and professional recognition in a field of forensic mental health that has in the past been inaccessible.
Dr. Hoffman had the boldness and courage to create a training and certification process paving the way for those seeking the status as psychiatrists and psychologists have. His dedication and persistence, despite systematic discrimination, made it possible for licensed professional counselors to have equal, if not elevated status in the field of forensic mental health.
Dr. Hoffman is considered a pioneer with his passion and creativity to develop the pattern for those who pursue a role as an expert forensic mental health expert witness.
Today, as Clinical Director of the Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Ormond Beach, Florida, Dr. Hoffman continues to break through conventional barriers to provide families with the help and guidance they need. But he has not forgotten his musical foundation. He credits music with inspiring his collaborative approach to working with parents and professionals, and he continues to perform and write the jazz that started it all.
Aaron Norton, Ph.D., LMHC, LMFT, CFMHE, CFBA, CFP
Dr. Aaron Norton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy with certifications in addictions, trauma treatment, forensic evaluation, rehabilitation counseling, psychometry, telehealth, and virtual reality therapy. He is the Executive Director of the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of South Florida's Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Southern Regional Director and Ethics Committee Liaison for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association. Dr. Norton co-authored the forensic evaluation section of the American Mental Health Counselors Association's "Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling" and assisted with revision of the forensic section of the "2020 AMHCA Code of Ethics." He has 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 and Public and Community Service Award by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 2020, and has been published in several social science journals and professional magazines in clinical mental health counseling and related disciplines (e.g., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Psychotherapy and Politics International, Addiction Professional, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Journal of Individual Psychology, Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, The Advocate Magazine, Counselor Magazine, Counseling Today, InSession Magazine).
Hotel and Travel Information
Registration Cap and Hotel Reservations
Please note that registration without payment does not guarantee your slot at the conference. If you have not submitted payment by 9/30/23, your registration will be cancelled.
Maximum attendance for the Pre-Conference Certification Workshop In-Person is limited to 50. Maximum attendance for days 1 and 2 of the conference is limited to 100. A hotel registration link for a discounted room rate of $169 plus taxes will be supplied in the registration confirmation you receive by email. The discounted rate is available to conference registrants for the nights of 1/3/23 through 1/5/23 conference until our 40-room block is full, so we recommend reserving a hotel room as quickly as possible to ensure the lowest rate available.
Parking and Resort Fees
Room rates are subject to a $30 daily resort charge for in-resort services (e.g., pool chairs and towels, wireless internet access, fitness center access). The “self-parking” rate has been reduced from $15 a day to $10 a day plus tax per 24-hour period for conference registrants. Valet parking is available at a rate of $30 plus tax per 24-hour period.
Wifi will be covered for all attendees during the conference. Please bring your laptops/tablets to access handouts/links during the conference.
Meals and Refreshments
NBFE will not be providing meals during the conference. We will provide coffee and snacks during breaks.
Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. The airport nearest the conference is Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB). Click here to access the Daytona Airport website. Click here to access Mapquest instructions from the airport. The drive from the Daytona Airport to the hotel is approximately 6 miles (13 minutes depending on traffic).
An alternative airport is Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB). Click here to access the Orlando Sanford International Airport website. Click here to access Mapquest instructions. The drive from the Orlando Sanford International Airport to the hotel is approximately 53 minutes depending on traffic.
Orlando International Airport (MCO). Click here to access the Orlando International Airport. Click to access Mapquest instructions. The drive from Orlando International Airport to the hotel is approximately 45 miles (1.25 hours depending on traffic).
If you have any questions about booking your hotel room please contact Valentino@nbfe.net or call or text 386-366-5761.
Continuing Education Information
Florida CE Broker Tracking
# 20- 1039928
CE Broker Provider
This workshop has been approved for 8 hours of continuing education (6 general hours, 1 domestic violence hour, and 1 hour ethics/professional boundaries) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-1040408 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
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.
NBFE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NBFE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
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