Finally, after 12 years of data collection and analysis, the APOD (Analysis of Patterns of Denial) among sex offenders has been published and is available for use. The APOD is a twelve-item checklist that identifies denial techniques that sex offenders and falsely accused persons use in the course of denying guilt of a sex offense. The APOD distinguishes the manner in which guilty suspects engage in denial versus falsely accused suspects - and the difference is significant. The APOD allows the interviewer to compare the suspect's response pattern to these two groups with significant scientific accuracy. In this workshop, the twelve items are introduced and seen in use via recordings of interviews of suspects in actual sex offense cases. In addition, attendees will learn interview and interrogation techniques such as specific responses, questions, the timing of questions, types of confrontation, the wording of questions, effective responses, and lines of query for use in interviews when these denial techniques are used by the suspect. The APOD has been called "Amazing," "Next level," and, "the Future," by professionals who have attended these introductory workshops.
Understand how the APOD works.
Be familiar with the twelve APOD items.
Recognize the strengths and limitations of the instrument and obtain information about training.