National Board of Forensic Evaluators and the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator (CFMHE) Credential

Washington Mental Health Counselor Association is partnering with National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc to offer Forensic Mental Health Evaluation Certification Training.

We are reaching out to our members now to determine level of interest. The workshop will be in the Fall of 2019.

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’s all-inclusive certification fee includes:

  • 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 internet or phone) 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.

NBFE’s all-inclusive certification fee is $715, but we are offering a heavily discounted fee of $500 all candidates who register for this event. Students and interns may attend at a reduced rate of $250 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 $250 balance and continue with the certification process, having enjoyed the benefits to free and reduced-cost forensic webinars in the interim.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, the Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator credential, and the certification process
  2. Familiarize themselves with the definition of forensic mental health evaluations, 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
  3. Review information that appears in 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
  4. Learn how to write a “bullet-proof” forensic evaluation report
  5. Review tips and strategies for the oral examination and expert witness testimony
  6. 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 and malpractice insurance status, document 40 hours of forensic-related training and/or experience (e.g., CEUs, 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 CEU provider (NBFE is not responsible for any additional costs incurred during that process).

Testimonial’s from clinicians who have been through the certification.

“Having achieved the CFMHE certification has enabled me to significantly expand my practice by expanding the number of services I can provide. I do competency to proceed to trial evals, capacity evals, child custody evals, substance abuse and DUI evals and mental health (psychological evals). Several attorneys now refer to me on a regular basis. While I believe my writing skills were already very good, adding the knowledge of how to best format them was immensely useful. I have not had a single attorney question the quality of my reports. I have had feedback from several judges that they really like my reports. I have begun to gain a better reputation statewide. And having actual board certifications in these specialty areas makes it VERY difficult for an attorney to have me disqualified or impeached on the stand. In my county the attorneys no longer even try.”

“This credential has helped me to have more credibility on the witness stand and avoid being misunderstood when giving testimony. I’m preparing to change jobs where I’ll be able to use the certification to its fullest potential and obtain referrals for evaluations as well as see clients. I’m hopeful this will be a lucrative business and am looking forward to continuing to learn more about forensic work.”

“Having become a Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluator, as well as a Certified Child Custody Evaluator has benefited my work in many ways and in different settings. The NBFE certification training is superb and the guidance throughout and pre-exam period was invaluable to me. I felt really “ready to go” upon certification, but my supervisors and teachers were, and are, always available for consults as needed. In my position as director of a Child Advocacy Center, I have been able to provide guidance to Child Protection Services agencies so that their interventions proceed without further traumatization and the cases can proceed to Court. Physicians, Social Workers and other professionals rely on my expertise in these cases and I have testified as expert witness. As a result, Family Courts request my services for forensic evaluations. In addition, attorneys request my review of forensic evaluations of other professionals. My rigorous NBFE training has supported me greatly in these endeavors.
In my private practice, I am often called to evaluate families in child custody cases and, again, my training and consults with teachers–now colleagues–as I need them guide my work. This added specialty has increased my income significantly. As a CFMHE through NBFE, I have great continuing education opportunities. The presenters are clearly carefully chosen and we all benefit immensely from these conferences. They are all generous with their knowledge and expertise and share cases they have worked on. There are also opportunities for NBFE members to present on their area of expertise either at conferences or online live meetings. An important benefit of my affiliation with NBFE is the reminder that, as forensic evaluators we have the responsibility to provide accurate, ethical reports that will assist those in charge to make thoughtful and appropriate decisions about issues that affect families lives.”

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