Whose version of "the truth" should be believed?
No one has a crystal ball which can allow us to answer that tough question in an
absolute fashion. However, studies have shown that tangible signs can be present
when there is an attempt to deceive or hold-back information. Some of these signs
can be physical. However, detecting deception through body language in "real time"
can be extremely difficult and is highly subjective.
Researchers in the field of Deception have however developed another method to analyze
issues of credibility - through analysis of verbal cues and what has been coined
"Psychological Narrative Assessment" or "PNA". Trialmasters invites you to learn
about this powerful tool in a lecture given by Dr. Jack R. Shafer, formerly an agent
with the Behavioural Analysis Unit of the FBI, who is a recognized and highly regarded
consultant, author, educator and speaker on the topic of PNA.
Two options - one great learning opportunity
- Join us for a 1 day course which will introduce PNA and its theoretical dimensions;
- Join us for a full 2 days, where day 2 will consist of testing your ability to apply
the theoretical learning of Day 1 and your ability to detect deception using real
case files and depositions which will be handed out in class
Day 1 - The Theory
- Learn to identify specific words and grammar structures that indicate deception
- Learn proven techniques to identify how liars obfuscate or omit the truth
- Identify intentionally or unintentionally withheld information in oral and written
- Analyze written depositions to prepare for effective direct and cross examination
of trial witnesses, defendants, and plaintiffs
- Determine the veracity of witnesses, defendants, and plaintiffs using verbal cues
- Learn noninvasive techniques to extract withheld information during depositions
and court testimony
- Locate withheld information in written depositions and court testimony
- Learn five noninvasive techniques to detect deception during pretrial interviews
This course is primarily given in a lecture format, however participants will be
invited to actively participate throughout the lecture.
Profile of the Instructor
Special collaborations - Detecting deception using verbal cues - Psychological narrative analysis
Dr. Jack R. Schafer is a retired FBI Special Agent. He served as behavioral analyst
assigned to FBI's National Security Behavioral Analysis Program. He authored a book
titled "Psychological Narrative Analysis: A Professional Method to Detect Deception
in Written and Oral Communications." He also co-authored "Advanced Interviewing
Techniques: Proven strategies for Law Enforcement, Military, and security Personnel."
He has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics including the psychopathology
of hate, ethics in law enforcement, detecting deception, and the universal principles
of criminal behavior.
Dr. Schafer earned his Ph.D. in psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa
Barbara, California. Dr. Schafer owns his own consulting business. His clients include
private attorneys and government agencies (FBI, CIA, DIA, FDA, USMS, and RCMP),
state and local law enforcement and the US Attorney's Office. Dr. Schafer lectures
both domestically and internationally.
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