For law enforcement:
We should be announcing the completion of the Advanced Course in analysis. This is material that is not covered in our 2 day live, in person training seminars.
This is going to be restricted to those who have had formal training, beyond the original academy training from your state or jurisdiction. We are putting together a list of approved training for applicants.
This is due to the nature of the advanced training. One must be proficient in the analysis of statements to the point of successful application before attempting the advanced techniques and analysis.
In our standard training course offered in seminars, or in a home course, we go well beyond the "101" that is frequently offered. The "101" training is good, solid and presents an introduction to analysis itself. It does not, however, go into more complex formulas, nor does it present the psychology behind the principles, which, without, the investigator is very likely to have wrong results and discredit the work. Knowing why a principle exists not only enhances memory (narrative instruction) but assists the investigator in learning how to best word questions leading to uncontaminated statements.
I call the training "101" training as it focuses upon the simplistic (and helpful) final answer of "is this deceptive or not?" but no further. The content of information broken down for analysis is invaluable as simply knowing that one is deceptive is no different than the polygraph. It is good practice identifying pronouns, for example, and allows for understanding to begin.
Content analysis will allow the investigator insight into information within the deceptive portion of the statement knowing that more than 90% of deception is via withheld information.
The Advanced Course will cover:
Psychological profiling from statements;
Identifying Anonymous Threatening Letters;
Sexual Assault in language: We also have a complete chapter dedicated only to the linguistics of victims of sexual abuse. This includes disassociation and passivity; often misunderstood as signals of deception in basic analysis.
It also covers the topic of "perseveration" in which a victim of sexual abuse makes an accusation in which the statement itself appears to be truthful, yet, the analyst does not know if this truthful accusation took place when and where the victim said, or is the victim perseverating on a sexual assault, for example, from 20 years ago?
In a recent criminal investigation, a sexual assault was alleged and the statement showed "consensual contact" initially, but what was then given to the analysts in training was this detail:
The victim made the same claim with the same details, years ago, in childhood.
The challenge was thus presented:
Did this happen?
Was it an assault, or was it consensual?
If it did happen, however:
Did it happen when and where the alleged victim claimed? Or, did something trigger an episode of perseveration from a past assault?
The analysis was able to thus completed in the interview process where the detective re-interviewed the subject, based upon analysis conclusion, and got a confession. In each detail, the analysis' accuracy was confirmed, including indications of sexual abuse in childhood. The work of the analysts, and of the detective, was at a level of excellence which not only produces justice, but a professional satisfaction that goes beyond the paycheck. It is a privilege to work with those, across the country, who seek to be "the best and brightest" in their work. They are unlikely to ever reach the newspapers, but are the bedrock of dedication in their professions.
We will also include legally sound interviewing, based upon the analysis ("Analytical Interviewing") of children.
This is something that serves investigators well, even if they never interview children, as its heavy focus on legal soundness and non-intrusion gets more information from adults than what is expected.
Going into an interview not only knowing if the subject is truthful or deceptive, but knowing what type of personality will respond to what type of questioning is to take a valuable tool, and increases its effectiveness manyfold.
see Hyatt Analysis for details...
The course dedication for Human Resource interviewers will also be announced shortly...