Unlocking the Truth© (Eligble for 8 CPE's by NASBA!)

Unlocking the Truth© is The BAR Group's essential training course, and it is a pre-requisite for the rest of the courses on this page. Unlocking the Truth© teaches our clients how to obtain reliable, useable information from their interviews by employing a streamlined combination of detection identification techniques, interviewing, and social influence skills. These non-confrontational, non-agressive skillsets are designed to significantly enhance the information gathering tools our clients already use, while helping them maintain good relationships with the people they interview. The course material is based on the most reliable scientific and experiential techniques known, continually updated for current improvements to meet the dynamic challenges of today's interpersonal business and personal relationships.

The day-long training takes into account the needs of the participants, using examples from their own experiences as part of the training material whenever possible.  The course is presented in an interpersonal environment by two BAR Group experts who combine thought-provoking lecture and challenging exercises with relevant video to stimulate classroom contributions from every participant.  Unlocking the Truth© is composed of two inter-dependent skill sets, Identifying Deception and Interpersonal Interview Skills.

 Identifying Deception© (ID): 

In this segment, participants get a description of what deception is, and then assess their own current abilities of detecting it.  After acquiring techniques to eliminate personal bad habits and avoid common obstacles, participants learn to identify reliable verbal and non-verbal cues that indicate people:

  • may be unsure about the veracity of the information they are providing

  • may be omitting relevant information, or

  • may be purposely lying about the information they are providing

These veracity assessment skills can be applied to both verbal and written forms of communication. They are of significant importance to clients who want to avoid situations when not knowing the facts could have a negative impact on their professional or personal lives.

Interpersonal Interview Skills© (IIS):

Interviewing is a dynamic, interpersonal event. A person being interviewed, especially a deceptive person, continually weighs the words and behaviors of an interviewer before responding. For that reason participants in our training learn how to integrate deception identification with effective interview techniques. The thoughtful coordination of these non-confrontational skills is designed to optimize the discovery of critical information that is elusive and usually goes undetected in most interviews. Systematic development of well-crafted and well-timed questions is combined with application of social influence practices that encourage disclosure of factual, sensitive information, even from difficult people. The ability to simultaneously maintain, even improve, the relationship with the person being interviewed is an invaluable aspect of the BAR Group's approach to interviewing. Interpersonal Interview Skills can have a major impact on critical business, professional and personal decisions.

Valuable on its own, Unlocking the Truth© is the prerequisite course for advanced BAR Group training, consultation and analytical products.

Length: Eight hours

Prerequisite Courses: None


Live Fire©

Live Fire© is a valuable follow-on course to Unlocking the Truth©. During Live Fire©, participants practice their deception identification, interviewing and social influence skills during live interviews of multiple subjects, one of whom has committed a minor crime. In a controlled but challenging live environment, instructors encourage participants to apply the interview strategies and techniques they acquired in Unlocking the Truth© to identify the guilty person. By practicing their skills in this safety net atmosphere, participants are free to try out techniques that are outside their usual comfort zone. The course is a realistic exercise, designed to improve confidence and to illustrate the value of good interviewing skills in gathering critical data on which informed decisions can be made.

Length: Four Hours

Prerequisite Courses: Unlocking the Truth©


Leveraging Influence©

Leveraging Influence© is a unique, advanced interview skills course that enhances a participants ability to collect critical and truthful information. Capitalizing on psychological aspects of social influence, and active listening, the course teaches a low-key, interpersonal approach to effectively obtaining truthful and actionable information from reluctant or difficult people, without damaging relationships. These non-coercive techniques have been effective in evoking critical information from employees in the hiring process, people under suspicion of misconduct or criminal activity, candidates being considered for critical promotions, and senior management officials suspected of fraudulent activities, to name a few. Equally at home in the boardroom, the exam room, and the interview room these advanced techniques elicit more reliable information, help interviewers assess the likely impact of a deceptive person’s strategy, and lead to more confident and accurate decision making.

Length: Four hours (expandable, with practical exercises)

Prerequisite Courses: Unlocking the Truth©

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