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“The Biggest Secrets for being Completely Prepared for Court”
By: Miranda Nickles Rapport, Esq.

This is the main event of the year in the interview and interrogation community. Leading experts from across the globe attend Elite Training Day for exclusive training and networking opportunities.

This is the only event with a dedicated focus on honing the skills of the interviewer. Developed by IAI, this event enables you to learn from interviewers and interrogators across multiple industries, and the agenda typically features expert speakers from various specialties.

Elite Training Day 2018 Recap


The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) wrapped up this year’s Elite Training Days on Thursday, April 12th with attendees buzzing about all the content discussed in the lineup of speakers.  First, Dr. Saul Kassin, renowned expert on false confessions and research into wrongful convictions shared his knowledge with attendees on the causes and likelihood of causing an innocent person to confess.  Kassin shared research data from several studies including the importance of video recording and the dangers of utilizing a false evidence ploy or minimizing consequences with a subject.  Next, WZ’s VP of Executive Education, Michael Reddington, CFI hosted an engaging presentation “The Truth that Binds” discussing the importance of rapport building, trust and social judgment as it applies to interviews, sales and communication in general.  Wrapping up the first day was Dr. Michael Skerter, Associate Professor at the US Naval Academy who shared with the group his take on ethics in the interview room leaving attendees with the framework on how to morally evaluate their tactics.   The event wrapped up with Detective Jim Trainum, retired homicide detective for Washington DC PD.  Mr. Trainum spoke about the challenges of managing proper interview and investigative methods by yourself and your team.  Giving particular emphasis on the measuring and monitoring of your investigations to make sure the conversations are happening with the correct people for the correct reasons.

The 2017 CFI of the Year was also announced.  Congratulations to Sgt. Chris Fontana from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office on being the 2017 CFI of the Year!  IAI also gave out scholarships at the event.  Congratulations to Levi Ellis (Hobby Lobby), Crystal Coleman (Old National Bank), Bryan Barlow (Chicago PD) and Damilola Shodalemi (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria) for receiving this year’s scholarships!

As usual, Elite Training Days provided knowledge to anyone involved in the field of interviewing and especially Certified Forensic Interviewers (CFI) who are willing to challenge themselves and others in their continued drive to become more efficient in their trade.  Thank you to all those who attended including our event sponsors General Dynamics IT, InstaKey, Protos Security, CONTROLTEK, LP Innovations, S-TRON, EPIC and WZ.  If you could not make it, we look forward to seeing you next year.

About The International Association of Interviewers (IAI)

Founded by the leaders of W-Z, The International Association of Interviewers (IAI) is the only association for CFI designees as well as those dedicated to the art of interviewing and interrogation.  IAI’s mission is to provide education, business and networking opportunities to interviewers from all disciplines through valuable resources such as instructive events, useful web content, exclusive webinars and much more.  To learn more about IAI membership and existing educational resources visit

About Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI)

A CFI is a professional with the expertise to conduct a variety of investigative interviews with victims, witnesses, suspects or other sources to determine the facts regarding suspicions, allegations or specific incidents in either public or private sector settings.

The CFI designation is rightfully recognized as the premier designation to define those who have mastered the art of interviewing and interrogation.  A Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) is documented to be Elite and at the top of the field.  You can become part of this Elite fraternity through the resources of the International Association of Interviewers.

Past Elite Training Day Videos can be purchased as an IAI Member.

Past Elite Training Day Presentations:


  • “Facial Expression Recognition, Smile Tests, and Microexpressions,” by Dr. David Matsumoto
  • “How Interviews Have Helped the FBI in a Famous International Kidnapping Case,” by Richard Manning
  • “Expanding on the Use of the Participatory Approach,” by David Zulawski, CFI, CFE


  • “False Confessions,” by Dr. Richard Ofshe
  • “Linguistics,” by Dr. Carol Chaski
  • “Gang Interviewing and Investigations,” by John Guzman, CFI
  • “Communication Theory, Applying Academic Research to our Field,” by Mike Reddington, CFI


  • “Top 10 Things You Need to Know When Investigating High Level Executives” by Allison West, Esq., SPHR
  • “The Exception You’re Missing: Investigating Disbursement Fraud. How to Monitor Risk and Best Practices,” by John Brocar, CFE, CFI
  • “Statement Analysis® Interviewing Techniques: Learn to Analyze a Verbal and Written Statement to Detect Deception,” by Mark McClish
  • “The Real Facts about Fact Finding Interviews” by Dave Zulawski, CFI, CFE
  • “The Biggest Secrets for being Completely Prepared for Court,” by Miranda Nickles Rapport, Esq.


  • “Good Reasons, but Wrong Decisions” – Harvin Moore
  • “Suspicion Indicators Recognition & Assessment (SIRA): Proactive Security System” – Michael Rozin
  • “Leadership; The Transition from Being an Expert Tactician to a Strategic Visionary” – Chris McDonald and Gary Moncur, CFI
  • “Status of Interviewing and Detection on Deception” – Ray Bull


  • “The Reid Technique, The Risk of False Confessions, and Some Suggested Remedies” – Steve Kaplan
  • “Behavioral-based Interviewing Techniques: Taking Criminal Personalities Into Account” – Special Agent Mike Yoder
  • “What Front Line Managers Really Want” – Dr. Ashley Lesko
  • “Dassey Interrogations Practical Review” – Dave Thompson, CFI
  • “The PEACE Model of Interviewing Explained” and “Hallmarks of a Good Investigation” – Dr. Andy Griffiths


  • “The Interviewer’s Behavior” – Lisa Mitchell
  • “Catch a Liar” – Dr. Jack Schafer
  • “Informing Your Prosecutor” – David Williams
  • “Dark Web Investigations” – Angelo Floiran


  • “False Confessions and the Research Surrounding Them” by Dr. Saul Kassin
  • “Avoiding the Pitfalls that Lead to Bad Confessions” by Detective Jim Trainum
  • “Interview Ethics” by Dr. Michael Skerker
  • “The Truth That Binds” by Michael Reddington, CFI