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Training and Human Resources Development in Europe

Triple A GmbH

This is a four-day programme based on solid research and science, designed to develop a person's ability and skill to recognize emotions in others as a basis for evaluating truth and lies.

It covers the psychological models behind truth and lies, plus the skills required to identify 'Hotspots' - instances when the strain between what we are thinking and what we are feeling produce observable/audible leakage across the five channels. The course is designed to help you to read and evaluate the degree of truthfulness and credibility in what others are communicating to you.

As well as the five channel training you will also learn about memory, and how you can work out whether a statement of an event is remembered or being constructed through scientific content analysis.

You will practice and hone those skills in a safe environment with a Paul Ekman Approved Trainer.

A graded Certificate of Competence will be awarded to you on completion.


Course outline


You will be better able to interact with and elicit information from others, especially in high stake contexts. It will improve your capacity to evaluate the credibility of data received in the course of observations, conversations, interviews and investigations by:

a) Enhancing your understanding of how to identify and interpret five channels of communication

b) Improving your capacity to utilise active listening and observational skills.


At the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  •     Identify the importance of baselines and when they occur
  •     Take a structured approach to the detection of leakage
  •     Identify and evaluate 'hotspots'
  •     Carry out hypothesis testing
  •     Identify and evaluate clues to lying and truth telling
  •     Adopt active listening and observation skills
  •     Utilise these skills to evaluate truthfulness and credibility.

The content covered within the Evaluating Truthfulness and Credibility (ETaC) workshop is outlined below.


ETaC Modules

Day 1

  •     Pre-test (ETaC)
  •     Lies and truth defined
  •     Psychological models
  •     Thinking and feeling
  •     Attentiveness

Day 2

  •     Pre-test (METT - Micro Expression Training Tool)
  •     Understanding emotions
  •     Facial expressions
  •     Post-test (METT)
  •     Subtle/Partial/Mini expressions
  •     Body language
  •     Verbal style, content and voice

Day 3

  •     Memory
  •     Criteria Based Content Analysis (CBCA)

Day 4

  •     The 'PEER' Model
  •     Preparation for ETaC
  •     Context
  •     Rapport and baseline
  •     Notes/records/video
  •     Hotspots/Probes
  •     Post-test (ETaC)