What is forensic interviewing?

Forensic Statement Analysis provides a method in which the interviewer can make observations and operating assumptions based on a person's own words. It also provides a structured method to analyze statements and employ proven techniques designed to effectively gather testimonial evidence, detect deception, and stimulate suspect confessions.

Forensic interviewing combines the results of research into those aspects of interviewing essential to determine the credibility of verbal behaviour and profiling the interviewee. Research focuses on the problems encountered in the investigative field but it provides essential interviewing tools to all those professionals conducting interviews on a regular basis.

  1. Basic and advanced interviewing techniques
    This ensures that the investigative interviewer is well versed in the essentials of interviewing. Advanced techniques like the cognitive interviewing techniques as well as kinesic interviewing techniques are dealt with.
  2. Statement analysis
    Statement analysis enables the investigator to determine the credibility of the statement (verbal behaviour) independent of the case facts.
  3. Active and emphatic listening skills
    Listening skills are essential in the statement analysis process, whilst at the same time these listening skills are sharpened during the statement analysis-process.
  4. Profiling
    Personality type assessment. The interviewer is made aware of his personality preferences and those of the interviewees enabling the interviewer to make acceptable assessments of personalities.


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