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2013 – Dr. Richard Ofshe – False Confessions

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Dr. Ofshe is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California – Berkley. Dr. Ofshe is also a member of the advisory board of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation, and is known for his expert testimony relating to coercion in small groups, confessions, and interrogations. Dr. Ofshe has testified in a number of high profile cases and he offers insights on interrogation techniques he believes can cause false confessions.

Dr. Ofshe looks at interrogations and testifies about what was done incorrectly to help you learn where and how an interrogation might be challenged? We believe this will have us thinking about how you interrogate and the way you may be challenged.

2013 – Dr. Carole Chaski – Linguistics

CEUs towards re-certification: 3

Dr. Chaski is the Executive Director of the Institute for Linguistic Evidence and taught a graduate seminar on Forensic Linguistics at George Washington University in Washington DC in the Spring of 2013. Dr. Chaski helps understand and answer some fundamental questions about language-based evidence and its potential application to the investigation, interview, and interrogation areas. She focuses the presentation on discussing some of the following:

  • Author/speaker identification: Who authored this document? Who spoke this voice-mail message?
  • Text similarity: Are these texts or screen names related to each other? Are these trademarks too similar? Are these manuals too close for comfort?
  • Text typing: Is this document really what it purports to be—is it a real suicide note, a real threat letter, a real confession, a real predatory chat, etc?
  • Linguistic profiling: What can be determined about the author’s background from this text?

2013 – Michael Reddington, CFI – Communication Theory

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Michael Reddington, CFI is a featured instructor who has facilitated hundreds of Interview and Interrogation training programs. He has facilitated seminars for federal agencies including:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS)
  • The Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Diplomatic Security Services (DSS)
  • U. S. Postal Service (USPS)

Mr. Reddington has also facilitated seminars for law enforcement, loss prevention, auditor and human resource groups throughout the United States, England, Ireland, Africa and Canada.

2013 – John Guzman, CFI – Gang Investigations

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

An expert on gangs and gang investigations, Mr. Guzman was a twenty-year veteran of the Chicago Police Gang Unit before joining the New Mexico Mounted Patrol. He has done thousands of gang interrogations, developed informants, and cleared gang cases from theft to homicide. Mr. Guzman wrote the Gang Manual for the Chicago Police Department and teaches his strategies all over the world. An engaging, passionate speaker, he receives high marks for his presentations and he knows that gang members also work and ply their trade within a company’s four walls.

2014 – Allison West, Esq., SPHR – Top 10 Things You Need to Know When Investigating High Level Executives

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Allison West, Esq., SPHR is an employment attorney and uses her legal skills coupled with sound human resources practices to assist companies in managing and reducing their workplace risks. She is a frequent top rated-speaker on employment law and human resources topics and was one of the top 10 rated speakers at the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference in 2012 and top 10% in 2013. Allison specializes in delivering customized interactive training, coaching executives and managers, human resources consulting and expert witness assistance. Allison specializes in conducting workplace investigations for employers of all sizes and industries, on a variety of topics including harassment, discrimination, theft, violence, disability, whistleblower and other issues. She is a Board Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators and a member of the ASIS Investigation standards Technical Committee. She is a member of the California Bar and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

2014 – John Brocar, CFI – The Exception You’re Missing: Investigating Disbursement Fraud. How to Monitor Risk and Best Practices

CEUs towards re-certification: 1

John Brocar is a Director with Ryan LLC. He is responsible for leading the Fraud and Forensic Recovery Practice in Chicago.  He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensic Interviewer.

John specializes in providing corporate investigations, fraud prevention and detection and disbursement risk analysis services.  As a subject matter expert in the area of disbursement risk analytics, he assists clients globally identify expense reimbursement fraud, conflicts of interest, business risk vendors, fictitious vendors, ghost payroll, p-card and fleet card anomalies and other disbursement risk scenarios. He has more than 25 years of experience working with retailers in a variety of segments including traditional department stores, specialty, big box, and convenience stores.

Mr. Brocar lectures on various fraud prevention and detection, database analytics, and investigative topics.

2014 – Mark McClish – Statement Analysis® Interviewing Techniques: Learn to Analyze a Verbal and Written Statement to Detect Deception

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Mark McClish is a retired Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal with 26 years of federal law enforcement experience. During his career with the Marshals Service he spent nine years teaching interviewing techniques at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. During this time he developed the Statement Analysis® techniques to detect deception in a verbal and written statement.

After retiring from the Marshals Service in 2009, Mark started Advanced Interviewing Concepts. His company provides interviewing skills training and assists investigators in analyzing a suspect’s statement. Mark currently gives presentations on his Statement Analysis® techniques throughout the U.S. He has spoken at numerous conferences and has trained a variety of law enforcement agencies and military organizations. He is the author of the books “I Know You Are Lying” and “Don’t Be Deceived.”

2014 – Dave Zulawski, CFI, CFE – The Real Facts About Fact Finding

CEUs toward re-certification: 1

David E. Zulawski is a 1973 graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.  After college, Mr. Zulawski spent two years with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad as a Special Agent primarily investigating thefts from interstate shipments in northern Illinois.  He then accepted a police officer position with the Barrington, Illinois Police Department. As a police officer, his duties included patrol, investigations and evidence technician.  In 1978, He joined the staff of John E. Reid and Associates as a polygraph examiner, seminar instructor and was later named Director of the Police and Fire Applicant Screening Division at the firm. In 1980, Mr. Zulawski joined Reid Psychological Systems as a sales representative marketing paper and pencil honesty tests.

Mr. Zulawski is a founding partner of Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. and is responsible for research and development.   He is a licensed polygraph examiner in Illinois and Indiana and has personally conducted over 9,000 interviews and polygraph examinations.  Mr. Zulawski also is Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Interviewer Standards and Assessment and worked to develop the Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) certification examination.

David Zulawski has co-authored the text Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation, 2nd Edition, with Douglas E. Wicklander. In addition, he writes, along with Shane Sturman, an ongoing column in Loss Prevention magazine on topics relating to investigation and interviewing. Mr. Zulawski has also authored training programs and acted as a consultant during the writing and filming of numerous interactive computer video programs relating to interview and interrogation.  He has also testified as an expert witness in the areas of interview and interrogation.

2014 – Miranda Rapport – The Biggest Secrets for Being Completely Prepared for Court

CEUs toward re-certification: 2

Miranda Nickles Rapport currently acts as Senior Corporate Counsel – Employment and Litigation for DICK’s Sporting Goods, Inc., one of the nation’s largest sports and fitness specialty retailers, which is headquartered in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. The Company owns and operates Golf Galaxy, LLC, a multi-channel golf specialty retailer. DICKS’ lines of business also include Field & Stream, a specialty outdoors store, and True Runner, a specialty running and store. Under its various banners, DICK’s currently operates over 600 stores in 46 states, 3 Distribution Centers, and e-commerce and catalog operations for both DICK’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy. Collectively, the Company employs approximately 35,000 individuals in a variety of retail, support, and distribution functions.

In her current capacity, Miranda leads the Company’s litigation efforts, including managing outside counsel, developing defensible litigation hold protocols, and defending class and collective actions, single and multi-plaintiff employment disputes, general commercial disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, and construction and real estate litigation. She also advises the Company on preventative matters, including training and policy development with regard to: wage and hour compliance; sexual and other unlawful harassment; union avoidance; diversity and equal employment opportunity issues; social media; workforce reductions; hiring, discipline, terminations, and severance; disability and leave issues; violence in the workplace; drugs and alcohol; employee handbooks; technology and privacy; and conflicts of interest.

Prior to her in-house role with DICK’S, Miranda worked as an associate at two Pittsburgh law firms, where her practice focused on Labor and Employment Law. In addition to preventative counseling similar to the above, Miranda represented employers in cases involving claims of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of employment contracts, minimum wage and overtime pay violations, ERISA violations, and a variety of employment-related torts. She has litigated in state and federal courts and before federal, state and municipal agencies. In addition, she has represented employers in matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, including labor negotiations, grievances, arbitration’s, unfair labor practice proceedings, and labor aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

2016 – Special Agent Mike Yoder – Behavioral-based Interviewing Techniques: Taking Criminal Personalities Into Account

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Prostitution. Drug trafficking. Undercover investigations. These are just some of the cases Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Mike Yoder has handled during his 19 years with the FBI. As a criminal profiler, SSA Yoder provides behavior analysis on single and serial homicides, serial sexual assault cases and adult kidnappings. He will be sharing with us the personality types he has encountered over the years as a criminal investigator.

Narcissistic personalities, psychopathic traits, borderline personalities, immaturity, paranoid personalities and schizotypal personalities are highlighted in Mike’s presentation, Behavioral-based Interviewing Techniques: Taking Criminal Personalities Into Account. This is not a beginner’s class on interviewing. Even the most experienced investigators need help when it comes to interviewing people with different personalities. Be prepared to receive tips that will help you become more effective when interviewing these suspects.

2016 – Dr. Andy Griffiths – The PEACE Model of Interviewing Explained and Hallmarks of a Good Investigation

CEUs towards re-certification: 3

Andy is a former Senior Detective and Senior Investigating Officer, having completed thirty years police service with the UK police, specializing in interviewing and investigation. He is now an Associate Tutor at the College of Policing (UK), Visiting Research Fellow in Criminal Investigation at the University of Derby, and Criminal Justice at the University of Portsmouth, as well as offering training and consultancy to commercial organizations internationally. He has also contributed to miscarriage of justice investigations in the USA, New Zealand and the UK. As a senior detective he led numerous major crime investigations and contributed to United Kingdom national policy on police interviewing for over 10 years.

He was awarded his PhD for research on the effectiveness of training on real life suspect and witness interviews and has numerous publications in this field. He has also lectured on this subject in countries as diverse as America, Armenia, China, South Korea and Australia.

2016 – Dr. Ashley Lesko, MBA – What Front Line Managers Really Want– Lessons from Managers (to those that lead them)

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Ashley Lesko, MBA, PhD has a multi-faceted background working as a Naval Officer, Operations Manager, Financial Controller, and Professor. In her first career in the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, she led hundreds of sailors on two ships, a destroyer and cruiser, based in San Diego, CA and Norfolk VA. She was responsible for a multitude of leadership practices – from the training and development of sailors to succession planning for repair lockers for shipboard firefighting and management of annual review cycles.

She now leads Square Peg Solutions, a Leadership Development & Career Engagement firm specifically for new and front line managers – those that are in the forming years of their leadership career, or are the direct lines of leadership in the floors and main lines of business. She focuses on the managers at the individual level, and helps them design their leadership style both internally and externally.

She holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from MIT Sloan. She received her PhD in Management with a focus on Leadership Motivation at Sullivan University. Her dissertation focuses on workplace engagement, career motivation, and new manager training. She has two children and enjoys running and traveling (when she has the time!)

2016 – Steve Z. Kaplan – The Reid Technique, The Risk of False Confessions, and Some Suggested Remedies

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Steve Kaplan is a senior of counsel at the Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. law firm in Minneapolis where he has represented individuals wrongly convicted of serious crimes as a result of coerced false confessions and false third-party witness statements. He will explore the reasons why the Reid interrogation technique, both as designed and as it may actually be implemented, poses the serious risk of wrongful convictions of innocent persons. He will also address possible reforms to reduce those risks. A question and answer period will follow his remarks.

Steve is a graduate of Bowdoin College and The University of Chicago Law School. Before entering private practice in Minnesota in 1980, he practiced with a law firm in Connecticut and served as a Department of Justice Tax Division trial attorney in Washington, D.C. During his 45-year career, he has concentrated his work in the areas of business and tax litigation, white collar criminal and regulatory agency defense work, and the pro bono representation of wrongfully convicted individuals. He is currently a member of the Innocence Project of Minnesota board of directors.

2016 – Dave Thompson, CFI – Dassey Interrogations Practical Review

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

David Thompson, CFI is the Director of Investigations, Research and Innovation at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates (WZ). He handles a variety of investigations, as well as conducting interviews and interrogations across a wide spectrum of clients and diverse cases. As a speaker for WZ, David has presented at seminars, hosted a variety of webinars as well as conducted live broadcasts of training. He is also an active member of the International Association of Interviewers (IAI) and has contributed blogs, video tips and hosted webinars to support the continuing education of its members.

In this presentation, Dave Thompson, CFI discusses the common pitfalls of interrogators that could result in false or contaminated confessions.  Dave utilizes the case example of Brendan Dassey whose case has recently gone viral due to the Netflix Documentary “Making a Murderer” which highlights controversial interrogation methods.  Throughout the presentation, Dave uses videos of the interrogation, feedback from the attendees and his insight into the case to offer valuable lessons to investigators across all sectors.

2017 – Lisa Mitchell, CFI – The Interviewer’s Behavior

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Lisa Mitchell is a Communications Expert, Executive Coach, and Founder of Power Body Language. As a Certified Body Language Trainer and non verbal skills coach, she specializes in programs that empower leaders to communicate with confidence, increase their influence, and negotiate with results. Lisa helps executives master their first impression and take control of their non verbal communication to be more effective in all areas of their lives, professionally and personally.

Lisa has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Indy Style, and WIBC as an expert commentator on the science of human lie detection and decoding non verbal cues, including analysis of body language of political candidates and professional athletes.

Lisa enjoyed 18 years of corporate operations experience as well as being an entrepreneur herself prior to founding Power Body Language. Lisa has a Masters degree in Management, is a writer for several print and online magazines, and has a life-long love of learning.

Her goal is to ensure that after every presentation or coaching session, clients can walk out the door better equipped and more confident with new skills they can immediately begin leveraging to give them an advantage in all areas of their lives.

Lisa’s Elite Training Day presentation covers:  “How often do you think about how you are showing up in a room? It’s not always just about your ability to decode the person across from you, but also to understand the messages that your body language, facial expressions, and vocal delivery are sending out as well. How you show up in a room can impact what outcome you receive from any interaction, and can either help or hinder your pursuit for the truth.”

2017 – Dr. Jack Schafer – Catch a Liar

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Dr. Jack Schafer is a professor at Western Illinois University in the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) Department. He is a retired FBI Special Agent. He served as behavioral analyst assigned to FBI’s National Security Behavioral Analysis Program. He authored a book titled “Psychological Narrative Analysis: A Professional Method to Detect Deception in Written and Oral Communications.” He also co-authored a book titled “Advanced Interviewing Techniques: Proven strategies for Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Personnel.” He has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics including the psychopathology of hate, ethics in law enforcement, and detecting deception. Dr. Schafer earned his Ph.D. in psychology at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Schafer owns his own consulting company and lectures and consults in the United States and abroad. Dr. Schafer is the author of The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over.

2017 – David Williams – Informing Your Prosecutor

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

David Williams is the Supervisor in the Special Prosecutions Bureau at the Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office. David leads the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC) as well. David is a Former Assistant Chief Counsel with the US Department of Homeland Security. David is also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

David’s presentation covered:

  • What does a prosecutor look for in an interview/interrogation?
  • Guidance for investigators to prepare for court/cross examination
  • How to inform your prosecutor about any credentials you may have

2017 – Angelo Floiran – Dark Web Investigations

CEUs towards re-certification: 3

Angelo Floiran has been in law enforcement over 15 years with 10 years of investigations experience as a Detective in Central Texas. He has been the lead investigator for multiple homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, human trafficking, and organized crime investigations.

While Mr. Floiran enjoyed success while investigating violent crimes, his passion was within Fraud and Electronic Crimes investigations.  As part of the Fraud investigations, Mr. Floiran was a member of the Central Texas Financial Crimes Task Force.

Detective Floiran has been a student of the Criminal Justice system for years earning Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies.  He also has a Master Peace Officer License in the state of Texas with thousands of hours of police training. Mr. Floiran is an adjunct instructor for courses in investigations and national security at the University of New Haven and Dr. Henry Lee Forensic Institute.

Mr. Floiran strives to combine real investigative experience and application of investigative methods with the standards associated with academic research methods.

His presentation covered The Dark Web and went over how to comprehend the different levels of the web from the surface (Google) down to the “deep” or “dark” sections.  He also covered the criminal offenses and investigative techniques often associated with the dark web.

2018-Detective Jim Trainum – Avoiding the Pitfalls that Lead to False Confessions

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Detective Jim Trainum (retired) was with the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for a total of 27 years – the last 19 of which he was assigned to the homicide branch.  He created and was the director of his department’s Violent Crime Case Review Project, which oversaw the review of old homicide cases.  Trainum has presented at universities, police academies, prosecutor’s offices, legislative bodies and conferences on various topics ranging from cold case investigative techniques, criminal profiling, avoiding investigative pitfalls, videotaping of interrogations, police reform issues and false confessions  Trainum is the co-author of a chapter in the book Criminal Investigative Failures in which he details the circumstances surrounding a false confession which he obtained in 1994. He is the author of the article “I Did It” – Confession Contamination and Evaluation that was published in the June 2014 web edition of The Police Chief magazine.  Trainum’s recent book, How the Police Generate False Confessions: An Inside Look at the Interrogation Room reveals the tactics that investigators use that cannot only lead to not only false confessions but bad witness statements and false guilty pleas as well.  He is currently assisting in the reviews of the policies and practices of homicide units for the Police Executive Research Forum and participating in research projects designed to identify and correct the causes of wrongful convictions and other investigative failures.

Obtaining admissible, accurate, and reliable information from victims, witnesses, and suspects is the most important and most frequently used skill of an investigator. Unfortunately, even the most skilled and well-meaning investigator can fall victim of the pitfalls that can lead to an inadmissible and/or unreliable statement or confession. This presentation discusses those pitfalls, how to recognize and avoid them, and ways to help test the reliability of your statement and confession evidence.

2018-Dr. Michael Skerker – Interview Ethics

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Dr. Michael Skerker is an associate professor in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law department at the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University (1997) and his MA and PhD in Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1999, 2004). Before joining the faculty of USNA, he taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. His academic interests include professional ethics, just war theory, moral pluralism, theological ethics, and religion and politics. Publications include works on ethics and asymmetrical war, moral pluralism, intelligence ethics, and the book An Ethics of Interrogation (University of Chicago Press, 2010). His book The Moral Status of Combatants, defending the post-Westphalian idea of the moral equality of combatants, is in pre-publication review. Prof. Skerker is on the advisory committee to the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group and consults with major police departments on interrogation and undercover operations.

Interview ethics have to take into account three stakeholder groups: the interviewers(s), the suspect(s), and the wider public. Acceptable norms and tactics have to be consent-worthy to all three groups since anyone in principle could be an interrogator/interviewer, a suspect, or a victim of crime.  Audience members should leave with a framework for morally evaluating interview tactics.

2018-Michael Reddington, CFI – The Truth That Binds

CEUs towards re-certification: 2

Michael Reddington, CFI is an executive resource, Certified Forensic Interviewer and the Vice President of Executive Education for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates. Michael created the Disciplined Listening Method after identifying that the cognitive process which drives interview subjects to commit to saying “I did it” is nearly identical to the cognitive process that drives employees and customers to commit to saying “I’ll do it” and “I’ll buy it”. As a result The Disciplined Listening Method integrates business communication research and best practices with non-confrontational interview and interrogation techniques to teach executives the skills and perspectives they need to use the truth to their advantage.

Both interviewers and their subjects can feel immense pressure during the interview process. Crossing the threshold from maintaining silence to sharing the truth can be one of the most difficult decisions any victim, witness or suspect has to make. Simultaneously interviewers may feel intense pressure to resolve an investigation from their organizations, the victim’s families and themselves. The feelings of uncertainty developed by these potentially suffocating pressures can either unite interviewers and subjects on a quest to achieve a common goal, or drive them irrevocably apart. Join Michael Reddington, CFI at Elite Training Day 2018 and learn how interviewers can take advantage of uncertain circumstance and bond with their subjects to inspire a commitment to the truth.

2019-John Diederich, M.A., MBA – Active Shooter: From Training to Survival (A Hospital COO’s Story)

CEUs towards re-certification:  2

John is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Rush Copley Medical Center.  As both the watchdog and steward of patient resources at Rush Copley Medical Center, John Diederich has proven his mettle in a tough economic environment. He has honed his expertise over the last two decades and has risen through the ranks to become an accomplished strategic thinker, skilled operations administrator and affable leader.

As COO, John oversees the daily clinical, ancillary and support operations of the hospital. This includes the administrative responsibility of the medical center’s $50 million annual capital improvement budget and all medical center construction projects.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, specializing in management science from the University of Iowa, where he also earned a Master of Arts degree in hospital and health administration and a Master of Business Administration degree. John has also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

John’s presentation at Elite Training Day is titled “Active Shooter: From Training to Survival (A Hospital COO’s Story).”  In this presentation a hospital chief operating officer tells the story of spending nine months enhancing workplace safety at his organization, training 2,500 employees in active shooter response, and then his personal survival story of putting this training to the test at the Route 91 Concert Shooting in Las Vegas on Oct 1, 2017.

2019-Chris Norris, CFI – Finding Common Ground in a Cultural Diverse World

CEUs towards re-certification:  2

Chris Norris, CFI is the Director of WZ Europe and International Training, in addition to Webinar Director, as well as a speaker for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ). Chris has over 30 years of experience in the loss prevention and investigative fields, including living and working in the UK for nearly two years. He has trained thousands of human resource, audit, loss prevention, security and law enforcement professionals on the art of interview and interrogation and has conducted numerous investigations for both private companies and public agencies.  Chris has provided interview training throughout North America and on six total continents internationally, including many seminars simultaneously translated into French, Spanish, German and Polish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Arabic.

Chris’s presentation at Elite Training Day is “Finding Common Ground in a Cultural Diverse World.”  In this session Chris will review the lessons he has learned while living abroad and providing training to culturally diverse groups on six different continents.  The most effective way to impact your subject, is to know more about them.  Attendees will learn effective rapport building strategies for subject’s with a different cultural background than their own.  They will also gain insight to strategically prepare your interview approach by understanding fears and motives of your subject to create the greatest impact.  Lastly, attendees will review best practices of how to adopt an interview style that will encourage honesty from most everyone around the world.

2019-John Fenzel – The Green Beret Way:  Achieving Objectives Unconventionally, ‘By, With and Through’

CEUs towards re-certification:  2

John Fenzel is a retired senior Army Special Forces officer who has served on battlefields throughout world. He has served on the personal staff of the Secretary of Defense, as a Special Assistant to the Vice President, as a strategic planner for the Chief of Staff of the Army, and as a White House Fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations.

He commanded a Special Forces Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and an Army brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In the wake of the 9-11 attacks, he served as Staff Director for Tom Ridge in the Homeland Security Council. He was the principal architect of The Homeland Security Advisory System, our nation’s first public warning system for terrorist threats.

In his 30 years of military service, John has served in numerous command and staff positions around the world. During Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he commanded a Special Forces “A-Team,” training, equipping and advising a Kuwaiti Battalion and accompanying them during the liberation of Kuwait. He has commanded three Special Forces companies, leading the first Army deployments to Pakistan and the Baltic States. In Bosnia, he commanded the special operations teams in the U.S. and British sectors, working closely with the United Nations to secure the indictments and convictions of those responsible for war crimes in Srebrenica. He is the only active duty American military officer to testify at The Hague in support of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

John is a graduate of the Naval War College and the National War College. Born in Iowa and raised outside Chicago, John lives with his wife and three children in Annapolis, Maryland.

John’s presentation at Elite Training Day 2019 is “The Green Beret Way:  Achieving Objectives Unconventionally, ‘By, With and Through.’”
As a retired senior Army Special Forces Officer (“Green Beret”) and author of three novels, John will share his experiences from the West Wing of the White House and the E-Ring of the Pentagon, to the many war and crisis zones he has operated in around the world. Through his telling of stories relating actual events, John will present an operational model he employed that allowed him to help mitigate and resolve crises.  In addition, John’s presentation will address:
•    How to employ a deliberate planning methodology and unconventional techniques to gain access to information.
•    Unconventional methods of living in uncertain, unstable and often denied environments.
•    Employing perceived impartiality and a non-threatening profile to achieve ground truth.
•    The imperative of empowering team members and influencers to gain clarity.
•    The value of demanding, realistic training.

2019-Dr. Christopher Kelly & Dave Thompson, CFI – CFI vs. Ph.D.:  Different Letters, Same Goals

CEUs towards re-certification:  3

Christopher E. Kelly, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA (USA). Dr. Kelly’s research has been funded by the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), an interagency collaboration established to promote the effective and humane interrogation of detained individuals, as the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on research with the Philadelphia Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and most recently, with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Dr. Kelly has been published in Law and Human Behavior, Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, and Justice Quarterly, among other outlets, and he is a member of the American Psychology-Law Association (APLS) and the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG).

Dr. Kelly will be co-presenting at Elite Training Day with Dave Thompson, CFI, VP of Operations, Wicklander Zulawski.  Their presentation is titled “CFI vs. Ph.D.:  Different Letters, Same Goals.” In this session, attendees will be introduced to an academic scholar, Christopher Kelly, who will give an overview of his research on interrogation and investigative interviewing. Then, a Certified Forensic Interviewer, Dave Thompson, will present an actual interview he conducted, noting the distinctive elements and benefits of the WZ Method. The researcher will analyze the same interview using a coding system developed for research purposes and attempt to place the WZ Method in the wider context of the academic literature. A brief discussion will follow between the two presenters, and the session will conclude with audience questions and feedback.