Monthly Meetings

Date:  September 27th, 2017, Wednesday

Time:  11:45 AM to 12:00 PM Chapter Business Meeting

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM  Speaker

Title:  Interviewing for professionals in business and forensic settings with the goal of obtaining accurate information.

Presenter: Charles R. Honts, Ph. D.

Course Description:  Professionals in many business, professional, and forensic settings have a need to interview people with a goal of obtaining accurate information from that person.  A few examples are, applicant interviews, suspect interviews in both commercial and forensic settings, clinical psychology therapy intake interviews, and witness interviews with both adults and children.  In some of these settings the person being interviewed may be highly motivated to not provide the interviewer the information they desire.   Although the settings I list are quite different in all of them the interviewers share the common desire to obtain accurate information.  Research has shown that most of the characteristics of a good interview, one that obtains high quality accurate information are common across these diverse settings.  This lecture will provide a brief introduction to evidence-based techniques that should be used in good interviews.

Speaker Bio: Charles R. Honts, Ph. D., is Professor of Psychological Science at Boise State University.  Professor Honts continues a 37-year long research program that focuses on applying psychological science to real world problems. He is internationally recognized as one of the world’s top experts on credibility assessment, have received The Harry Detwiler Award for contributions to the polygraph profession in Latin America and The John E. Reid Memorial Award for distinguished achievements in polygraph research, teaching or writing. Professor Honts has published and/or presented more than 400 scientific papers on deception detection. Professor Honts has also published and given expert testimony in the areas of interrogation and false confession, eyewitness identification, and the forensic interviewing of children.  Professor Honts is a frequently invited to lecture in a number of domestic and international venues. Besides the United States, Professor Honts has given lectures and continuing education in Canada, China, Columbia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, and The Netherlands.  Professor Honts has appeared in courts around the world as an expert witness 124 times. Professor Honts’ current research is focusing on two area, 1) providing accurate methods for assessing the credibility of witnesses and suspects, and 2) interrogation, confession, and false confession phenomena in real world contexts. Professor Honts was the President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association for the 2005-2006 term.

Prerequisites: None

Level of Knowledge Required: Basic

Advance Preparation: None

CPE Credit: 1.0 hour


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