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Interviewing with Don Rabon (7.0 CPEs)

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Virtual by Zoom Morning Session: 9 AM - 12:15 PM***Afternoon Session: 1:15 pm - 4:30 pm)


As an instructor, author, and former investigative director, Don Rabon's instructional areas include interviewing, rapport building, interrogation, persuasion, detecting deception, investigative reasoning and investigation discourse analysis. He is retired from the North Carolina Justice Academy, North Carolina Department of Justice, where he served as deputy director.

CPE CREDITS --    7.0  CPEs

Morning Session:
9:00 am to
10:00 am  – "The Interview Template" (1 hour)
An interview should be a structured process with a purpose.  The interviewing template serves as a guide to provide the interviewer with the “what” that must be accomplished, the “requisite skills to make that accomplishment and the “process” to take in order to bring the interview to a successful conclusion.

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Break

10:15 am – 12:15 pm  – Conducting an Interview Pre-Mortem" (2 hours).
How, in a high-stakes interview to, pre-emptively, identify the problems that may arise during each phase of the conduct of the interview and plan accordingly.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm  Lunch Break

Afternoon Session:
:15 pm to 2:15 pm   – "Phatic Communication" (1 hour)
The verbal and non-verbal undertakings of the interviewer in the opening seconds of the interview play no small role in the ultimate outcome of the interview.

2:15 am – 2:30 pm Break

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm –"Is that the Truth?” (2 hours)
"Detecting deception involves 3 keys:  The first key, “questioning” will get the interviewer into the house; the second key, “attending to change” will get the interviewer into the room; the third key, “working knowledge of linguistic terminology” can serve to get the interviewer into the box, wherein lies the truth.

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