Interview Training

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Advanced Interviewing: In Search of the Linguistic Black Swan

16 hours (seated)

Instructor: Don Rabon

Class overview:
Verbal communication exists on three levels:  One: What the interviewee said, Two: what the interviewee wanted to say and three: what the interviewer heard.  The interviewing goal is for the interviewer to move level three as close to level one as possible.  However, within the narrative, there are linguistic features, which, to the informed and attentive interviewer, can provide a conduit into a deeper understanding of the mindset of the interviewee.  Having gained this insight, the interviewer can incorporate the awareness into the conduct of the interview, increasing the opportunity for a positive interview outcome.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this training the participant will be able to:

  • Define the linguistic elements presented;
  • Identify the elements from interviewee’s narrative found within a video portion of an interview;
  • Develop subsequent amplifying questions.
Date Time Location Room

September 10-11, 2019

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Henderson County Campus

Patton, Room 150

    Pre-registration is required.

    Please complete the online Student Information Form.

     

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    Child Abuse Related Interviewing: The Suspected Perpetrator

    16 hours (online)

    Instructor: Don Rabon

    Class overview:
    In addition to the commonality related to the interviewing process, the focus of a specific interview involves a unique set of considerations.  Nowhere is this circumstance more evident than in the interviews related to the abuse of a child.  The focus of this session is to address those specific dynamics involved in the interview of a person who is suspected of committing an act of child abuse or maltreatment. 

    Date      

    June 24 to July 21, 2019

     

     

     

    • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
    • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00
    • Open to Sworn Law Enforcement only

    Pre-registration is required.

    Please complete the online Student Information Form.

     

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    Fraud Related Interviewing

    16 hours (seated)

    Instructor: Don Rabon

    Class overview:
    The fraud investigation involves a unique set of interview related dynamics. Central to the success of the fraud investigation is the level of specific interviewing knowledge, skill and ability competencies of the interviewer. The fraud related interview has its own set of appropriate persuasive themes, techniques and practices. Within this course the participant will: Incorporate the dynamics of the fraud triangle and fraud diamond to the interview process; Prepare an interview strategy based upon the information received from a fraud investigation concerning the facts and information involving the fraud personality type; Review a fraud related interview and address the interview points positive and negative as well as assess the motive, rationalization and capacity of the interviewee.
    Course Objectives:
    At the conclusion of this training the participant will be able to:

    • Identify key concepts in a fraud related interview.
    • Apply appropriate techniques to improve topic related interview applications.
    • Identify the basic constructs necessary for fraud to occur and how they relate to the interview process.
    • Utilize the dynamics of fraud to gain compliance within the interview.
    • Evaluate interviewing techniques used in fraud related interviews.  

    Required Text:

    • “Fraud Related Interviewing”, Rabon/Chapman From Carolina Academic Press
    • “An Endless Stream of Lies: A young man’s voyage into Fraud”, Rabon from Amazon.com
    Date Time Location Room

    September 17-18, 2019

    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Henderson County Campus

    Patton, Room 150

      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Investigative Discourse Analysis

      40 hours (seated traditional class)

      Instructor: Don Rabon

      Class overview:
      In Investigative Discourse Analysis the participant learns how documents can be put to work as inquiry-related decision-making tools and indicators of the possibility of deception that can serve to carry the inquiry to conclusion.

      Date Time Location Room

      To be announced.

       

       

       

      No previous training requirements but textbook needed: Investigative Discourse Analysis, 2nd edition Rabon/Chapman. Carolina Academic Press.

      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $120.00

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Investigative Discourse Analysis- Level 2

      24 hours (seated)

      Instructor: Don Rabon

      Class overview:
      VIn Investigative Discourse Analysis level-2, the participant will learn how the analysis of more complex documents can be put to work as inquiry-related decision-making tools.
       **Participants in this class must have previously completed an approved forty-hour foundational interviewing**     
      Course Objectives:
      At the conclusion of this training the participant will be able to:

      • Identify the linguistic terms found within a given document;
      • Compare the linguistic elements found with a parallel document;
      • From the comparison of the linguistic elements found in multiple documents develop a plan to carry the inquiry forward.
      Date Time Location Room

      November 5-7, 2019

      8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Henderson County Campus

      Patton, Room 218

      Prerequisite: Participants must have completed Don Rabon’s 40 hour Investigative Discourse Analysis class

       

       

       

       

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Interviewer Personality Dynamics

      8 hours (online)

      Class overview:
      For the interviewer, understanding that personality plays a role in the conduct of the interview and each interviewer has a specific personality profile facilitates emphasizing positive personality attributes and strengthening related personality deficiencies.

      Date      
      To be announced.

       

       

       

      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Interviewing Ethics

      8 hours (online)

      Instructor: Tanya Chapman

      The interviewing process includes a triune purpose:

      • Obtain all information ensuring while ensuring that the information is valid;
      • Avoid actions that would produce a false admission;
      • Ensure that the admission given is voluntary.
      Dates Location
      April 29 to May 26, 2019
      September 9 to October 6, 2019
      Online
      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00

      Pre-registration is required. When registering, choose one of two class dates listed above and list class date on the registration form.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      The Concept of Persuasion-Advanced Interviewing & Interrogation

      16 hours (online)

      Instructor: Tanya Chapman

      The interviewer as a persuader is faced with the additional challenges of ensuring that the cooperation is voluntary and that nothing has been done within the interview that would cause someone to make an admission to something that was not true.
      The session involves participant analysis of actual interviews as well as debriefings from those who sat in the interviewee’s chair as to why they made the admission, why they did not make the admission and the role of the interviewer in their decision.

      Dates Location
      October 21, 2019 to November 17, 2019 Online
      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Interviewing Head to Poe

      16 hours (online)

      Central to the role of the interviewer, is the ability to establish a connection with the interviewee.  Establishing the connection does not have to be a happenstance occurrence.  Over one-hundred and sixty years ago, Edgar Allan Poe, in The Purloined Letter provided insight as to how to establish the connection.  Only now, has science progressed to understand and subsequently, utilize the cryptic that Poe placed within the story.  
      Course Objectives:
      At the conclusion of this training the participant will be able to:

      • Identify the function of neurons within the brain.
      • Describe the role of neurons in the establishment of rapport.
      • Explain the role of rapport to the goal of compliance-gaining.
      • Having established a rapport, demonstrate two, compliance-gaining options.
      Date Location
      October 7, 2019 to November 3, 2019

      Online

      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Post Admission Interviewing

      8 hours (seated)

      Instructor: Don Rabon

      The compliance-gaining phase of an interview is the most challenging and involves the most potential for adverse consequences for the interviewee, the interviewer and the organization.  Having gained an admission, there are two, primary interviewer considerations:  ensuring that a false admission has not been obtained and committing the interviewee to the admission so as to minimize the opportunity to lose the advantage as the result of a withdrawn admission.  After the point of admission, these two elements must be accommodated within the continuing conduct of the interview.

      Course Objectives:

      At the conclusion of this training the participant will be able to:

      • Employ questioning protocols to address the validity of the admission;
      • Procure confirmatory and anchoring information related interviewee’s actions and cognitions.
      Date Time Location Room

      September 9, 2019

      8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Henderson County Campus

      to be announced

      Prerequisite: Participants must have completed a post-BLET, foundational interviewing class of no less than three days.  Students are required to provide documentation of the training.

       

       

       

       

       

      • North Carolina Sworn Officers tuition exemption applies.
      • Out-of-state tuition and non-sworn is $70.00

      Pre-registration is required.

      Please complete the online Student Information Form.

       

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      Visually Enhanced Interviews

      24 hours (seated traditional class)
      Instructor: Don Rabon

      Course Overview:  A most profound way to impact another’s cognition is through visual representation.  Traditionally, within the conduct of an interview, visually supported representations have been minimal or absent altogether.  Herein the participant learns how to supplement the conduct of their interviews with impactful visual supporting elements towards a successful outcome.

      Course Objectives:

      • At the conclusion of this training the participant will be able to:
      • Take the facts of an inquiry and develop a visual representation to support the conduct of the interview.
      • Develop the subsequent, cognitive-activating questions to parallel the visual representations.
      • Describe the relationship of the questions to the supporting visuals.
      • Delineate the plan for the conduct of the interview from beginning to end.
      Date Time Location Room

      November 12-14, 2019

      8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

      Henderson County Campus

      Patton, Room 218

      Class limit: 20 participants.  
      Must have laptop.
      Must have taken Don Rabon’s or Scott Hartley's Interviewing and Interrogation class.

       

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      To register for online or hybrid classes:
      Please complete the online
      Student Information Form .

       

      For more information:

      Contact Us

      Sherry Phillips
      Law Enforcement Director
      (828) 694-1760
      sherryc@blueridge.edu

       


      Credit given in the Interview Training Recognition Program (ITRP). Contact Don Rabon at dwrabon@msn.com to register for ITRP.
      For ITRP program information contact Don Rabon at dwrabon@msn.com