• Sunday, June 23 | 1:00-5:00 PM


    CPE Credit: 4

    Level: Advanced

    Recommended Prerequisite: Professional experience as an interviewer

    Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

    When you conduct interviews, either in person or over the phone, so many things can go unnoticed. In this Pre-Conference session, you will learn how people are comfortable telling certain lies, as well as how an interviewee’s choice of words can provide important clues as to whether the interviewee is being truthful or holding information back.


    Also, fraud examiners have been taught to rely on nonverbal behaviors to help detect deception, but what happens if your interpretation of these is flawed? Test your ability to detect deception while discussing the latest scientific research. You will learn how to apply various social-psychological behaviors to promote honesty. You will also watch videos and read statements from real confessions that have sparked debate about both their validity and accuracy. You will dissect the interviewer’s role, critiquing what went right and wrong while also discussing how to use these findings in fraud interviews.

    Course Outline:

    • Block 1: Fraud Awareness and Statement Analysis
    • Block 2: Detecting Deception: The Body Tells a Story, but Can You Read It Accurately?
    • Block 3: Dissecting a Confession: Lessons for Fraud Examiners

    You Will Learn How To:

    • Discern clues to someone’s truthfulness based on their word choices
    • Recognize recent scientific research about deception detection based on nonverbal behaviors
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses of real-life interviews

    bhood headshot
    Bret Hood, CFE

    Director, 21st Century Learning & Consulting

    Retired Special Agent (SA) Bret Hood is a 25-year veteran of the FBI. In his time with the FBI, Hood worked high-profile white-collar, money laundering, public corruption, counter-terrorism and organized crime cases. For his last 15 years, Hood was a master instructor for the FBI. Since retirement in 2016, Hood has served as the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting LLC providing consulting and instructional services to organizations around the world. He is also a former adjunct professor of leadership and ethics for the University of Virginia.

  • bhood headshot
    Bret Hood, CFE

    Director, 21st Century Learning & Consulting

    Retired Special Agent (SA) Bret Hood is a 25-year veteran of the FBI. In his time with the FBI, Hood worked high-profile white-collar, money laundering, public corruption, counter-terrorism and organized crime cases. For his last 15 years, Hood was a master instructor for the FBI. Since retirement in 2016, Hood has served as the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting LLC providing consulting and instructional services to organizations around the world. He is also a former adjunct professor of leadership and ethics for the University of Virginia.

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