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  • Monday, June 24 | 10:15-11:30 AM

    CPE: 1.5

    Level: Advanced

    Recommended Prerequisites: Knowledge of and experience with the fundamentals of interviewing

    Field of Study: Communication and Marketing

    This session will review the fundamentals of planning an interview and the importance of observing physical behavior to assess the validity of the information provided by the interviewee. It will also address factors that lead to the stress that individuals experience when being deceptive, and the physical and verbal indicators of that stress. The importance of question formulation and simplicity of language is also examined with examples provided of good and bad questions.


    The session will also highlight active listening and how word analysis can be used in assessing whether a person is being truthful or deceptive. The concepts covered during the session will be supported by analysis of video clips of interviews and transcripts of statements from publicly available sources.

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Recognize the importance of simplicity in question formulation
    • Identify behaviors indicative of deception
    • Determine the use of word analysis in detecting deception and its importance in developing lines of inquiry
    • Identify the value of active listening

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    Robert Cockerell

    Partner, KordaMentha Forensic

    Robert Cockerell has been involved in the investigation of some of the most complex and serious fraud, corruption and drug matters in Australia, ranging from a $118 million fraud on a major Australian bank to the importation of 79 pounds of heroin. A former detective chief inspector with the Victoria Police, he was twice presented with the highest award for investigative excellence by the Victoria Police.

    A partner at KordaMentha Forensic, one of the largest forensic practices in Australia, he is an acknowledged expert in fraud and corruption investigations, detecting deception through interviews and forensic reviews of business practices. Cockerell has conducted forensic engagements in Australia, Asia and Europe.

  • rcockerell headshot
    Robert Cockerell

    Partner, KordaMentha Forensic

    Robert Cockerell has been involved in the investigation of some of the most complex and serious fraud, corruption and drug matters in Australia, ranging from a $118 million fraud on a major Australian bank to the importation of 79 pounds of heroin. A former detective chief inspector with the Victoria Police, he was twice presented with the highest award for investigative excellence by the Victoria Police.

    A partner at KordaMentha Forensic, one of the largest forensic practices in Australia, he is an acknowledged expert in fraud and corruption investigations, detecting deception through interviews and forensic reviews of business practices. Cockerell has conducted forensic engagements in Australia, Asia and Europe.

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