The analysis of a McCann interview generated much interest in training. Here are some things to consider:
There is no substitute for formal training.
As iron sharpens iron, so it is that new student analysts are always pleasantly surprised what team training holds. Between 6 and 12 professionals work together for a common goal. They are not competing with one another; they are working together, supporting each other, while inputing:
Some of these traits, are often more pronounced in female analysts than males, requiring us to be:
natural and balanced. This is especially necessary in Anonymous Author Identification as well as psycho-linguistic profiling.
Those given to the deception propaganda known as 'political correctness' cannot do this work and maintain illogic or absurdity as a narrative. It is an assault on critical thinking by elevating emotion above reason. In analysis, we seek truth, not something that will help elect anyone.
Analysts often find a 'disassociation" that takes place over time, as focus upon truth versus deception trumps opinion. The more this is done (frequency) over the passage of time, the more focus continues with all else becoming 'shadows' of disinterest or afterthought.
The training is "guided training" meaning a facilitator is there to correct and challenge. The end result comes from intense scrutiny, observation and the free exchange of ideas; all based upon principle. They work live cases in which the outcome will have significance. This is a driving passion for them and to do this work, they must have a strong sense of humility.
Humility allows for correction.
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Analysis work also brings personalities to the surface, including the dangerous unresolved issues in our lives. We all face trauma and we all have issues in life. Suspicious people, perhaps so by trauma, do very poorly in this work unless (or until) they confront the root cause, which some have successfully done.
Some have gone to a certain point, but no further, for fear of being wrong, rather than embracing and celebrating correction.
As we work through a statement, we are continually and unashamedly "wrong" with most corrections coming directly from the statement, itself. We tether ourselves to principle and, in our first "go round" of analysis, refuse to speculate. Once our conclusion is finished, we go for our level of analysis, as we allow the statement to reveal:
The author's background
The author's experiences in life
The author's priority for writing the statement
The author's personality type or dominant traits.
When these four elements are known, threat assessment accuracy follows.
When statement analysis concludes with a strong description of a personality type, and the court's psychological evaluation later affirms the statement analysis, it is something special.
When a police officer is promoted from patrol due to his knowledge in Statement Analysis, the reward is shared by all the analysts.
When a conviction, or, as is more frequent, a confession (admission) is obtained, and justice is procured, there is an emotional satisfaction that can last for years.
When the analysis of a statement is opposed to the polygraph result and the subject confesses, the analysts who 'stayed the course' did so only because the statement 'demanded' it.
When the FBI thwarts a terrorist attack, media yawns, but those who worked diligently to penetrate into the minds of the Islamic killers, have great reason to rejoice; so deeply, that it makes all the sacrifices worth while.
So it is when justice is obtained for victims silenced by murderers for those who began the case "knowing" from the words:
Who did it
When he did it
How he did it
Why he did it
Consider the confidence one has going into an investigation already knowing these details.
Certification value is found in the work that we do.
It takes dedication, consistency , hard work and it takes time, but one of the most exciting aspects of training comes through the support that is part of every package: 12 months.
What does this mean?
It means that ever step of the journey is guided and proofed. This begins by reducing error but eventually expands into content analysis.
In the first month of training, should an investigator have a statement, he or she now has the support of professionals who will make sure no errant report is submitted.
Tuition and Seminar Costs are here
For those who love to work 'fast', the mantra is to slow down.
For those who are willing to embrace repetition, success will follow.
Online Live Monthly Training
The monthly training is offered to those enrolled in training, and a 25% discount is given for a year's subscription. Should a busy schedule mean missing a session, the analyst can add a month on, or can attend another session. This is where all the learning done comes together for testing, proving, correcting, and finally, leading to professional success. Different time zones are recognized and when you enroll in a training, you may expect the general pattern to be that training is held on the same day for you each month, to help planning.
This training is confidential. The results belong to the police department that requested the analysis. They are never published, even after adjudication. The reward for the successful work is deep and it is private.
For individuals who are self-motivated, taking the course at home allows for the vital repeated listening of lectures, whereas the seminars allow for Q &A, as correction during the training.
The best way to reverse the 'dulled listening' is through MP3s of the lecture being repeated. This will help lead to "discourse analysis" or spotting signals of deception in live conversation.
"Wise as a Serpent; Gentle as a Dove" reviews some specific cases using analysis.
Detecting deception is useful for so many professions, far beyond law enforcement and human resources.
Beginning with a systematic study and immediate application strengthens one's resume and value and gives new insight into the world around us. Judging by the assault on critical thinking in colleges, this downward trend should continue for many years.
Regrettably, deception has become more common place in our culture than it has in centuries. Businesses' insurance costs are extreme as exploitation via fraudulent claims are seen 'favorably' in courts as "victim status" is granted to thieves.
Today, the overwhelming majority of Americans and Europeans state that main stream or corporate media is untrustworthy. Journalists training in Statement Analysis can serve our dire need for truth in reporting.
Therapists, psychologists, social workers and other professionals within the social services realm may receive CEU's for their licensing renewal requirements, from the University of Maine, while implementing their new and growing skills in their work.