In this 2-part online webcast from former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Michael Johnson, you will learn how to apply the research-based PEACE investigative interviewing method in the context of a workplace investigation. The PEACE method has been utilized for more than 25 years, and dozens of scientific studies have validated its effectiveness. As a result, several countries require its use in criminal investigations, and many employers around the world have now turned to it for workplace investigations.
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In this webcast, you will learn how to apply the PEACE method in your investigative interviews. You will also receive step-by-step guidance on how to complete all aspects of a workplace investigation. By examining videos and case studies, you will learn:
- How to utilize the “Cognitive Interview” to gather more information from each witness
- How to apply research-based methods for detecting signs of deception and truthfulness
- The legal requirements for workplace investigations
- A 6-step process for writing clear and concise investigative reports
December 3, 2019, 1 pm to 4 pm ET
PEACE Method of Investigative Interviewing
- P: Preparation and Planning
- E: Engage and Explain
- A: Account, Clarification, and Challenge
- C: Closure
- E: Evaluation
Advanced Interviewing Techniques
In this section, you will learn how to apply the latest research related to investigative interviewing. Among other things, you will learn:
- How to use a journalistic instead of a prosecutorial interview style
- How to use the “Funnel Method” to gather all relevant information from each witness
- How to utilize the “Cognitive Interview,” which is the most widely researched interviewing technique in the world
- How to use, in certain cases, advanced questioning techniques proven to make it easier to differentiate between truthful and deceptive responses, such as:
- Asking the person to draw the event
- Asking the person to tell you what happened in reverse order
- Asking unexpected questions
- Why you should never reveal to a witness that you do not believe him or her until the end of the interview (or a subsequent interview)
- How to respectfully challenge a witness whose answers contradict other witnesses or the evidence
Scientists have found that most stereotypical beliefs about deception are incorrect. For example, liars are NOT more likely to avoid eye contact or appear fidgety. In this section of the course, you will examine numerous videos and transcripts to learn what are accurate and inaccurate cues to deception and truthfulness. Among other things, you will:
- Test your ability to spot deception or truthfulness by watching a video of a suspect interview
- Learn how to strategically approach “he said/she said” cases or cases where there are no eyewitnesses
- Learn which cues to deception have been scientifically validated and which are based on myth
- Learn why cues related to “cognitive effort” are much more predictive of deception than cues related to nervousness
- Learn cues to deception and truthfulness related to verbal content and verbal style
- Learn linguistic cues to deception and truthfulness
- Learn the few non-verbal cues that are associated with deception
December 4, 2019, 1 to 4 pm ET
Legal Requirements of Workplace Investigations
By analyzing several case studies, you will receive step-by-step guidance on how to handle difficult legal and practical dilemmas that investigators often face. Among other things, you will learn the answers to the following questions:
- How many investigators should be present during an investigative interview?
- What do I do if an employee refuses to be interviewed or otherwise cooperate?
- What should I do if the accused brings an attorney, co-worker, or friend to the investigative interview?
- Under what circumstances should I reveal the names of witnesses?
- What are the factors to consider in imposing discipline?
Writing Investigative Reports
You will learn, among other things:
- How to use the investigative report to plan and continually update your investigation strategy
- What to include, and not include, in the report to ensure that it is legally defensible
- How to best document facts and credibility determinations
- How to maintain attorney-client privilege, where applicable
- How to overcome “writer’s block” to greatly increase the speed at which you write
- How to write a report that is not only comprehensive but also clear and concise
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Michael Johnson, CEO of Clear Law Institute, is a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney who brought one of DOJ’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases. He has provided training and consulting on harassment prevention or investigations to organizations around the world, such as the EEOC, the United Nations, and Google. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.
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