Interviewing Skills to Detect deception

Course Overview

A course on interviewing skills to detect deception’s goal is to provide participants with a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge to enhance their ability to identify deceptive behavior while respecting ethical guidelines and legal boundaries through theoretical knowledge with practical skills, emphasizing ethical conduct and respect for legal standards in the process of detecting deception.

Course Details:

Date:  July 23RD to 24TH

Duration:2 days

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit: 3


  • Members: 350,000
  • Non-Members: 550,000
  • Mode: In Person/Virtual

Course Objectives:

  • Explore the psychological theories and models underlying deceptive behavior.
  • Understand the motivations and cognitive processes associated with deception.
  • Enhance active listening skills to better comprehend verbal cues.
  • Learn to interpret non-verbal communication, including body language and micro expressions.
  • Identify techniques to build rapport and establish trust with interviewees.
  • Understand the impact of interpersonal relationships on the accuracy of information provided.
  • Identify effective questioning strategies to elicit accurate and detailed responses.
  • Develop the ability to analyze written and spoken statements for inconsistencies.
  • Identify linguistic indicators of deception in communication.
  • Consider cultural and individual variations in behavior during the interview process.
  • Gain a basic understanding of polygraph technology and its applications.
  • Understand the legal and ethical considerations associated with polygraph use.
  • Participate in role-playing exercises and simulations to apply learned techniques in realistic scenarios.
  • Receive constructive feedback to improve interviewing skills.
  • Understand the legal constraints related to interviewing and interrogation.
  • Understand the complementary nature of different methods in enhancing accuracy.
  • Provide resources and references for ongoing learning and skill development.

Who Should Attend

  • Law Enforcement Personnel:
  • Security and Intelligence Professionals:
  • Legal Professionals:
  • Human Resources and Employee Relations Specialists:
  • Intelligence and National Security Analysts:
  • Private Investigators:
  • Corporate and Business Security Teams:
  • Journalists and Investigative Reporters:
  • Media professionals working on sensitive topics
  • Psychologists and Social Workers:
  • Government Officials and Diplomats
  • Academics and Researchers:
  • Any Professional Engaged in Interviewing


A basic educational background in business, law, human resources, criminal justice, or a related field may be beneficial.

Participants should have a basic understanding of the organization’s policies and procedures to ensure compliance during the investigation process.

A foundational understanding of relevant laws and regulations, especially those pertaining to the industry in which the organization operates.

Strong communication skills, including the ability to conduct interviews, write reports, and effectively communicate findings to stakeholders.

Basic digital literacy to understand the role of technology in investigations and the handling of digital evidence.

The ability to make fair and informed decisions based on investigation findings.

Awareness of the legal and regulatory environment relevant to the organization, especially in terms of privacy laws and employment laws.

Method of Delivery:

  • In-Person: The course will be conducted at a physical location. Participants will engage in face-to-face instruction, hands-on exercises, and group discussions.
  • Online: The course will be delivered through a virtual learning platform. Participants will have access to course materials, lectures, and interactive exercises

Completion Certificate: Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion, which can be used to claim Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Introduction to Deception Detection

  • Understanding the importance of deception detection in various fields
  • Exploring the psychological and physiological aspects of deception
  • Overview of the ethical considerations in interviewing and interrogation

Module 2: Fundamentals of Effective Communication

  • Developing active listening skills
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication cues
  • Building rapport and trust with interviewees

Module 3: Behavioral Analysis

  • Identifying baseline behaviors
  • Recognizing anomalies and deviations from normal behavior
  • Understanding the influence of cultural and individual differences

Module 4: Cognitive Interviewing Techniques

  • Introduction to the cognitive interview method
  • Enhancing memory recall in interviewees
  • Minimizing the impact of stress on cognitive performance

Module 5: Statement Analysis

  • Analyzing written and spoken statements for inconsistencies
  • Identifying linguistic indicators of deception
  • Practical exercises in statement analysis

Module 6: Micro expressions and Body Language

  • Recognizing micro expressions and subtle facial cues
  • Understanding body language and gestures
  • Integrating the observation of non-verbal cues into the interviewing process
  • Module 7: Polygraph Examination
  • Overview of polygraph technology and its applications
  • Ethical considerations and legal aspects of polygraph use
  • Interpreting polygraph results in conjunction with other interviewing techniques

Module 8: Role-playing and Simulation

  • Practical application of interviewing skills in simulated scenarios
  • Feedback and critique sessions to enhance performance
  • Real-life case studies and debriefing

Module 9: Legal and Ethical Considerations

  • Understanding the legal constraints of interviewing
  • Ensuring adherence to ethical standards in deception detection
  • Case studies on the consequences of unethical practices

Module 10: Advanced Interrogation Techniques

  • Exploring psychologically-based interrogation methods
  • Legal and ethical boundaries in interrogation
  • The role of confession in the legal process

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Jul 23 - 24 2024


All Day


4th Floor, Block B, Ntinda Complex
Opposite St. Luke Church


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