Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Deception Detection: Statement Analysis Training
With Richard Hall's release of his documentary on Madeleine McCann, we have received a number of requests for training information.
The documentary shows basic principles explained to a general audience. This is very different than the work that analysts, and only the most basic of elements can be presented. Some of the deeper indicators of deception would take too long to explain in the limits of a documentary.
Statement Analysis is a scientific process in which words are broken down, examined, and reassembled with the primary focus upon discerning deception. As being "scientific", it means that the same methodology used should produce the same results. Some of these elementary practices can be learned through reading, but without formal training, there is a ceiling of understanding, and without formal instruction, there will always be error which, for us, is never acceptable as it discredits our science. Without formal training, one cannot go beyond the basics, and given the odds of exception, error is compounded with missed information.
Seminars are just the beginning.
Principle must first be memorized and then understood. Then comes the necessity of having work proofed: we are lie detectors and do not accept error. This is often the most important part of training: having a professional not only review your work, correct it, but to introduce new and deeper principles, and make recommendations for further study.
In training we always present statements that, without training, even the most avid reader will fail.
By the time one reaches certification, he or she is ready to analyze professionally. This goes for law enforcement, security, human resources, journalists, therapists, attorneys, and so many other professions where discerning deception is important. This level of certification is for approval, not simply completion of work. It means the work has been challenged, in live ongoing cases, where error cannot be accepted.
Yet, even in the first weeks of training, the student is actively analyzing and applying the work. This successful application, from the beginning, is inspiring.
The student is not studying murder, or arson, or missing children; the student is studying words and human communication. It will be applicable for all areas of communication. The student reaches a point where he or she never reads or listens in the same way again.
In our home training, the same material is presented that is in the seminar except that in the course, recordings of the lectures are included which allow the new analyst repeated listens. This is something that has served me well years ago, including listening to lectures via ear phones while doing chores. It caused me to memorize entire portions, though I was only listening for understanding.
Work is done and submitted via email.
This includes homework, quizzes, and exams.
The answers sought are not only correct, but accompanying explanation that shows an understanding of the material. This form of "narrative learning" is powerful. You not only understand why "coffee" is flagged in a sentence, but why it is there, what it means, and what should be done about it. This understanding, found in narrative form, allows you to scan the internet for news stories to analyze and submit for examination. If there is an error, it will be traced back and corrected. Where the analysis is sound, the next challenge for depth begins.
"Statement Analysis Complete Course"
This is a complete course designed to build a solid foundation. Tuition is $750. With this the new analyst receives 12 months of e support and this will produce deception detection thoroughly. The content analysis also begins, which allows for the stronger foundation for:
"Statement Analysis Advanced Course" is a lengthy in depth course which is only offered to those who have completed the Complete Course. This is because unless the foundation is very strong, many of the more complex techniques will cause confusion and eventually error. Tuition is $995 and includes another year of support which will be needed, particularly over the deep analysis necessary.
The language of addiction;
The language of trauma;
The language of sexual abuse. This is especially helpful for Sex Crimes units.
Facing the "rule breakers" in analysis
This begins the work of Psycho-lingustic profiling, which begins "Anonymous Author Identification" and threat assessment. Here, you know where deception exists but now the personality traits of the subject.
Live Online Training
By enrolling in training, you are eligible for ongoing, monthly guided training.
This is scheduled monthly and is for 6 hours. It is $50 per month, with a discount for a 12 month commitment. Analysts often simply sign up ongoing because it not only keeps our skills sharp, but with the complexity of human nature and language, we are forever learning.
This training is often confidential.
Police departments from around the country ask for analysis from our teams of analysts and I often 'warn' new analysts: this is addicting!
Picture facing a new statement with no knowledge of the case and being asked to produce a written report that says:
*The person is truthful or the person is lying;
*Who did it
*When he did it
*Why he did it
*How he did it
and even the questions that must be asked in the interview. With profiling, we also submit a strategy based upon the subject's dominant personality traits.
We run at 100% success and accept nothing less.
There is no substitute for formal training. One of the exciting elements for those who have spent considerable time reading on the blog is the change in their own comments as they receive training.
This live training is approved by the University of Maine "CEUs'" for professional licenses.
Department of Justice
Trained analysts are vital for business.
Today it has become common for an employee to "fall", and seek a settlement. Not only do we intervene to highlight deception in the fraudulent claims, we show employers how to weed out those who are statistically most likely to steal, or attempt exploitation via fraudulent claims, including harassment, hostile work environment and discrimination claims.
In 2001, the DOJ said that of those who stole from their companies, 40% admitted planning theft before they were even hired.
The frightening element of this is not just the large percentage, but that this statistic does not include theft by exploitation through fraudulent complaints.
With companies insurance rates and risk of reputation, too many will seek to make quiet payoffs.
With our training, this is no longer necessary.
The level of acceptance of deception in our culture has produced an acute need for lie detection in society. There are many opportunities to build your resume, strengthen or gain traction for your career, and prepare for new, unknown opportunities.
Each new analyst has a careful file kept with their work, progress, strengths, and challenges, along with recommendations. We tailor addition work specifically for the employment and career goals of the analyst.
Statement Analyst I
This is a professional analyst who can be sent work and can now analyze statements proficiently. The Statement Analyst has completed the Complete Course, and has a minimum of 60 hours of live training completed and has the recommendation of 3 professionals.
Statement Analyst II
This is the professional who now can do all analysis of statements but also psycho-lingistics, profiling, anonymous author identification, and can teach deception detection.
The requirement is:
Successful completion of the Statement Analysis Course;
Successful completion of the Advanced Course;
A minimum of 120 hours of live training
Submission of a final thesis approved by 3 professionals, including one at the federal level, one at the state level and one non law enforcement professional analyst. This analyst likely has hands on teaching experience as well as a developed speciality or specific element such as trauma, homicide, or employment analysis.
Contact us through Hyatt Analysis Services to begin training.
Police, security, journalism, hiring, business, therapists, attorneys...the professionals that are in training are supported. They quickly learn just how supportive professionals are of each other, in encouraging progress.