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Professional Training

Academy Group, Inc. Online

The following courses are available for registration as online courses, instructed by members of The Academy Group, Inc., which is comprised of some of the original criminal profilers with the Behavioral Science Unit at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Since the courses are online, they are available and may be taken at any time.

Behavior, Truth, and Deception Part I

Instructor: Michael R. Napier, A.C.F.E (Diplomate), (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

The interview process for victims, witnesses and suspects rests on more than just the contact in the interview setting. Preparation for utilizing this process successfully begins with an accurate analysis and assessment of the crime and crime scene, a well founded knowledge of criminal behavior and the identification of offender vulnerabilities and weaknesses as transferred from the offender to the development of the crime and thereby left at the crime scene. The end result of the analytical process and determination of offender type is the outline for the most effective approach to the interview process focused on the individual suspect and his vulnerabilities. This preparation and process is presented in detail and leads to the presentation of the Targeted Suspect Interview. As a foundation for the most effective interviewing a portion of this course will delve into the criminal mind of the violent or sexually violent offender in order to more successfully structure interviews and interrogations.

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Behavior, Truth, and Deception Part II

Instructor: Michael R. Napier, A.C.F.E (Diplomate), (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

This course forms the final part of Mr. Napier’s presentation that covers topics such as: Criminal Psychology, Establishing Power & Control via the Setting, Controlling The Process, Positive Traits of Successful Interviewers, Negative Traits of Interviewers Who Fail, Enemies of Successful Interviewing, Interviewer Guidance: The Interview Plan, Tailoring The Interview To The Suspect and The Crime, Order of Questioning, Questioning Format For Effectiveness, Techniques For Obtaining Admissions and Confessions, Establishing Non-Verbal Cues For Reading Witnesses, Victims, and suspects, Determining Truthfulness and Deception, Utilizing Verbal Tactics and Non-Verbal Skills To Obtain Predictable Dialogue From Suspects, Handling Lying By The Suspect, "Reading A Suspects' Mind," Undermining Suspect Confidence, "Planting Seeds" To Tip The Scales, Removing Psychological Resistance To Confession, Avoiding False Confessions – Perfecting The Confession, Defending Interview Techniques In Adversarial Proceedings, Oral Statement Analysis While Conducting The Interview

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Criminal Profiling Techniques for Homicide Investigators

Instructor: Peter A. Smerick (Retired FBI)

Cost: $300.00

This workshop is designed for Homicide Investigators regardless of their experience level. While the student will not become a "Criminal Profiler" upon completion of the course, the participant will learn how to analyze crimes, crime scenes, and criminal conduct from a behavioral perspective employing techniques developed by retired FBI Criminal Profilers formerly assigned to the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, (NCAVC), Quantico, Virginia.

(This is a two-part course)

*** Credentials required: Required.
Please submit a memo on agency letterhead or copy of other evidence that you are a law-enforcement officer or prosecutor to the Forensics Institute of California University of Pennsylvania by e-mail at CSI@calu.edu or by fax at 724-938-5712.

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Forensic Linguistics I

Instructor: James Fitzgerald, M.S. (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

Forensic linguistics has been described as the interface between linguistics and the law. Therefore, an awareness of linguistics and its role in forensic science can be helpful to law enforcement, intelligence, security professionals, and those studying for or within those fields. It will assist in creating a more informed understanding of how forensic linguistics can be applied in legal cases and proceedings. Individuals in this course can participate in interactive exercises and learn the history and development of this emerging field. Discussions will provide a solid foundation for understanding how forensic linguistics can enhance investigations in both criminal, civil, and private security settings. It will prepare any student or practitioner of same for potential career enhancement in this burgeoning field of forensic science.

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Inside the Mind of Murderers: Exploring the Homicidal Motivation - Part I

Instructor: Michael R. Napier, A.C.F.E. (Diplomate), (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

This course examines homicides, sexual homicides which can be examples of horrific violence inflicted by one person on another. When such events occur, the pressure to solve them is often monumental. That pressure has sometimes resulted in a "rush to judgment," ending in the true offender going free and officers and prosecutors being embarrassed. In this course we will examine how to avoid investigative error. Cutting edge investigative skills are provided for the on-the-spot investigator and supervisor to improve the overall assessment and guidance of routine and high profile cases. The discovery of the offender's motivation by exploring his behaviors left at the crime scene provides the foundation for moving an investigation to a successful conclusion.

Topics Discussed:

  • Principles of Violent Crime Analysis
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Death and Wound Identification
  • Victimology
  • Crime Scenes
  • Motivations As Expressed Through M.O. and Individualized Behaviors
  • Crime Scene Staging
  • Homicide Scene Reconstruction

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Inside the Mind of Murderers: Exploring the Homicidal Motivation - Part II

Instructor: Michael R. Napier, A.C.F.E. (Diplomate), (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

This course is a continuation of Part I and examines homicides, sexual homicides which can be examples of horrific violence inflicted by one person on another. When such events occur, the pressure to solve them is often monumental. That pressure has sometimes resulted in a "rush to judgment," ending in the true offender going free and officers and prosecutors being embarrassed. In this course we will examine how to avoid investigative error. Cutting edge investigative skills are provided for the on-the-spot investigator and supervisor to improve the overall assessment and guidance of routine and high profile cases. The discovery of the offender's motivation by exploring his behaviors left at the crime scene provides the foundation for moving an investigation to a successful conclusion.

Topics Discussed:

  • Principles of Violent Crime Analysis
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Death and Wound Identification
  • Victimology
  • Crime Scenes
  • Motivations As Expressed Through M.O. and Individualized Behaviors
  • Crime Scene Staging
  • Homicide Scene Reconstruction

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Sexual Violence: Psychology, Juveniles, False Confessions

Instructor: Robert R. "Roy" Hazelwood (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

This course addresses three topics essential to the modern student's understanding of sexually violent crimes: a practical application of psychology, the juvenile sex offender, and false confessions. Case histories and slides will augment the lectures. Psychology is a largely misunderstood and under-appreciated field within the law enforcement community. This program provides the student with an overview of the three major mental disorders and addresses the crimes and offenders most commonly associated with each of the disorders. Suggested interview strategies are also set forth. Juvenile sexual offending represents a growing problem within American society. This class addresses the prevalence of such offending, violence prediction theories, interview strategies and a practical offender typology. False confessions, while not common, have dramatic and far-reaching consequences within the criminal justice system. This class will provide the student with the various motives for making false confessions, the four major categories of such confessions, and three indicators of truthfulness.

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The Sexually Violent Offender I

Instructor: Robert R. Hazelwood, M.S., (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

This two-part program is designed for professionals experienced in the inquiry and/or evaluation of sexually violent crimes and the offender.

Topics addressed in Part I include "causes" of criminal sexuality; the four phases of a sexual crime; behavioral similarities of the adult criminal pedophile and the adult criminal sexual sadist; the principal components of the human sexual drive; the paraphilias (sexual deviations); the sexual dysfunctions commonly encountered in sexual crimes; and understanding sexual bondage

*Class format includes lecture, videos, slides, and case histories. An outline for notes may be downloaded for use during this course.

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The Sexually Violent Offender II

Instructor: Robert R. Hazelwood, M.S., (Retired FBI)

Cost: $150.00

NOTE: Participation in Part II is predicated upon successful completion of Part I.

Topics addressed in Part II include differentiating the impulsive and ritualistic offenders; understanding fantasy and its relevance in criminal investigations; what is the relationship of pornography and violence; rapist typologies; the sexually sadistic offender: linking cases through the m.o., ritual and signature; and false allegations of rape.

*Class format includes lecture, videos, slides, and case histories.

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Violence in American Institutions: Work - School - Public, Part I

Instructor: Dr. Roger L. Depue

Cost: $150.00

There is a type of violence that has come to characterize the most extreme killings in our society; the mass murderer of innocent persons in places that ought to be considered safe; our workplaces, our schools, and places open to the general public. There are personalities and situations that are most characteristic of these massacres. Most often there are indicators, red flags or warning signs extant prior to the event. This course will explore the nature of these mass killings for the purpose of early identification, intervention, and prevention.

*Class format includes lecture, videos, slides, and case histories.

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Violence in American Institutions: Work - School - Public, Part II

Instructor: Dr. Roger L. Depue

Cost: $150.00

Part II - There is a type of violence that has come to characterize the most extreme killings in our society; the mass murderer of innocent persons in places that ought to be considered safe; our workplaces, our schools, and places open to the general public. There are personalities and situations that are most characteristic of these massacres. Most often there are indicators, red flags or warning signs extant prior to the event. This course will explore the nature of these mass killings for the purpose of early identification, intervention, and prevention.

*Class format includes lecture, videos, slides, and case histories.
NOTE: Participation in Part II is predicated upon successful completion of Part I.

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Prior Learning Assessment

Participants may be eligible for college credit based upon "Prior Learning Assessment."  For further information on the process of obtaining academic credit for the professional courses, please contact the Forensics Institute at 724.938.1576.