Empathy Based Interrogation DCJS


The Department of Criminal Justice Services is pleased to offer Justice 3D’s Empathy Based Interrogation Course.

Empathy Based Interrogation (EBI) is an interrogation philosophy that utilizes a science-based, personality-focused approach in a non-confrontational interview process. EBI is designed to gain accurate information and induce problem solving by keeping the subject talking.

EBI is not a series of steps or a checklist for investigators to follow rigidly. Instead, EBI is a philosophy, supported by scientific research on the use of interrogation in intelligence and criminal justice communities. This research has shown the best practices for eliciting comprehensive and accurate information from a subject are non-confrontational, rapport-based, information-gathering interviewing and interrogation methods.

What is taught in this course?

  •     Personality-based Interviewing
  •     Resistance Assessment
  •     Principles of Persuasion
  •     Use of Influence Enhancers
  •     Detection of Deception
  •     Statement Assessment™
  •     Use of Cognitive Load
  •     Question Risk Assessment™
  •     Strategic Use of Evidence
  •     Perspective Conversion™
  •     EBI Ops Plan™

The EBI philosophy is grounded in empathy, which facilitates an understanding of the interviewee’s point of view, motivation for committing the offense, and the incentive for sharing accurate information with the interviewer.  Once obtained, information can then be corroborated or refuted through the investigative process, reinforcing the idea that a confession is not the sole focus of a proper interview, but instead a by-product. EBI is more easily defended in court as non-coercive due to its conversational nature.

This course was developed by a career criminal investigator, prosecutor and FBI agent with over 90 years of combined experience in violent crime investigations and behavioral analysis.

Who should attend?

This training is open only to sworn law enforcement officers.

Partial In-service Credit

Law enforcement officers who complete this training are eligible to receive partial in-service credit hours.

Training Time and Details

  • Check-in for the training will begin at 7:30 am each day.
  • Training will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm each day.

Cost and Registration

There is no fee to attend this training and all training materials will be provided for registrants.Pre-registration is required.

Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration.

COVID Notices

Participants will be required to complete a Participant Screening and Waiver prior to attending the training. This will be emailed to registrants before the training and will also be available to complete at check-in on the day of the training.

PLEASE NOTE: DCJS is preparing and planning to continue holding training sessions and conferences after a resumption of normal activities. Every effort will be made to hold this scheduled training, however, due to the uncertainty of the progression of the COVID-19, this training may require rescheduling. You will be notified by email if this training is rescheduled. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

Training Dates & Locations:

November 8, 2021 to November 10, 2021

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Academy

330 Bonham Road

Bristol , VA

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Chris Scuderi

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Nov 08 - 10 2021


8:00 am - 5:00 pm


330 Bonham Rd. Bristol, VA 24201

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