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Instructor Information

The instructor is Retired Chief of Police Steven A. Rhoads. Rhoads is a 40 year police veteran with experience in Virginia, Colorado and Illinois. Rhoads is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Subconscious Communication® and has published several articles on the subject. He has instructed for the past 30 years and has been utilized by several agencies to assist in the interrogation of suspects in major felony cases. His research in the field of behavioral science aids the student in obtaining a comprehensive view of the material from both an academic and practical perspective. Chief Rhoads holds a Doctorate Degree from Union Institute & University and is a three-time Medal of Valor recipient.

Who Should Attend This

One-Day* Training?

At the Conclusion, Participants Will Have Learned How To:

Articulate the concept of detecting deception and its application to street enforcement.

This course is also available in a two-thee day format.


Introduction to Deception:
Definitions are provided outlining the various forms of deception and why the limbic system of the body experiences physiological, biological, and psychological changes when deception/nervousness is present.

Subconscious Communication:
The source of communication, the subconscious mind, is identified and students are instructed as to the power the mind possesses in sending out mixed signals and overcoming ulterior motives.

Verbal Communication:
Examination of the communication process begins with the analysis of the spoken word. Students are trained to recognize the verbal indicators of deception and how word tense and usage can be used in the evaluation of the reliability of individuals' statements.

Non-Verbal Communication:
The communication process examination continues with the introduction of non-verbal communication. As the majority of communication utilized by humans, this important arena is broken into specific gestures that suggest emotional responses during the street
encounter. Body language Principles and Rules that apply are highlighted.

Subconscious Rapport Building:
The use of the three representational systems employed by the human subconscious is discussed in relation to rapport building (the interviewer is aware of what is happening while the interviewee most likely will not be). The significance of this technique is presented so that street officers might gain the most information possible from individuals. This is very beneficial in interviewing child victims or those suffering from traumatic experiences.

Deception Detection and Veracity Testing:
An extremely accurate and reliable technique to determine the truthfulness of an individual is presented. The appropriate use of this information is presented to the student so that deceptive or uncooperative statements may be recorded or challenged as the situation dictates.


Subconscious Communication defined;
Deception and the concept of subconscious leakage Defined
Introduction to the verbal clues of detecting deception
Specific examples of cases in which deception statements are present discussed
More specific rules of verbal indicators are covered
Specific phraseology of deception are presented
Non-verbal Gestures of Deception defined
Head and Face Gestures of Deception Identified
Non-verbal Gestures Definition Continued
Nervous Gestures Examined - Class Exercise
Subconscious Rapport Building and Deception Access Cues
Subconscious Rapport Building an Deception continued
Questions and Student Feedback