The Cognitive Interview and The WZ Non-Confrontational Method

July 09, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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KU Edwards Campus - BEST Building
Room BEST 110 12604 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213

The Cognitive Interview and The WZ Non-Confrontational Method

July 9, 2019

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Registration Ends: Thursday 7/4/2019 

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce another Greater Kansas City Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2019 Summer Workshop, The Cognitive Interview and The WZ Non-Confrontational Method for 4 hours CPE

Breakfast will be provided by Grandma's Catering. The meals are included in the event pricing. **Please note- If a special dietary need is required, such as vegetarian, etc., please send an email to [email protected] (no later than Tuesday 7/2/19) and we will attempt to accommodate your request.**

During this presentation, the following topics will be covered:

The Cognitive Interview :

Many investigators are faced with a situation where they need to obtain information and are presented with conflicting stories or alibis. The Cognitive Interview is a method which can be applied in suspect, victim or witness interviews and supplies the attendee with a structured method to extract more information while identifying potential concerns within a story or alibi. This interactive session will discuss biases, active listening, and proper questioning techniques.

  • Understand the importance of specific question types including open ended, expansion and echo questions
  • Incorporate segments of the cognitive interview in any number of investigations
  • Awareness of biases, fact-feeding and the risks of obtaining false information
  • Knowledge of “cognitive load” and its application in the interview process

The WZ Non-Confrontational Method :

The instructor will give an overview and introduction to the benefits of non-confrontational interviewing methodology, highlighting the WZ Method. This highly effective method is a softer more conversational approach to the interrogation resulting in less resistance and thereby eliminating conflict between the suspect and interrogator. With the diversity of the suspects that investigators face on a daily basis, it is important to have flexibility in the approach that is utilized. This session will include an overview of the technique and a case study for participants to observe.

  • Obtain an overview of the 18 Step WZ Non-Confrontational Method
  • Understand the effectiveness of non-confrontational techniques versus the traditional interrogation styles
  • Employ concepts from the WZ Method into a variety of investigation types
  • Awareness of the ability to develop admissions, while minimizing resistance from the subject

About Our Guest Speaker:

David Thompson, CFI
Vice President of Operations, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

David Thompson, CFI, is responsible for the day to day operations of WZ, as well as strategic planning in product offerings and the evolution of interview and interrogation content. David also served as the Director of Investigations for WZ giving him the opportunity to manage a variety of cases while conducting interviews and consulting on investigations ranging from theft and fraud to sexual harassment and homicide. As a speaker for WZ, David has created customized training programs, 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 Associations of Interviews (IAI) and has contributed blogs, video tips and published several articles to support the continuing education of its members.

While at WZ, David has also played an integral role in the ongoing research and evolution of content and innovative teaching methods. Developing training that is presented in a virtual broadcast venue, creating more opportunities for distance learning and contributing to some of WZ's newest technology including a simulated interrogation system are a few of the projects David has been involved in. David has also worked with members of the Innocence Project, Center on Wrongful Conviction of Youth and other academic partners on behalf of WZ to further the enhancement of interview and interrogation protocols throughout the US. David has contributed opinions on behalf of WZ for a variety of cases and has been cited by the Federal Court of Appeals for his involvement on the topic of interview and interrogation. 

We hope to see you there!



$60.00 Member

$80.00 Guest