Aldert Vrij is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, England. His main area of expertise is utilizing nonverbal and verbal cues of deception. He has published more than 300 articles and book chapters to date, mainly on the subjects of nonverbal and verbal cues to deception and lie detection. He advises the police on conducting interview with suspects, acts as an Expert Witness in court, and gives invited talks and workshops on lie detections to practitioners and scholars across the world.

Dr Sharon Leal is a member of the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology (ICRFP) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, England. Her current research involves interviewing to detect deception, where the main focus is to elicit information and maximize differences between liars and truth tellers’ accounts. This research is very relevant for detecting how people engaged in ‘high stake’ deception respond verbally and non-verbally in a variety of scenarios. She is also a member of the European consortium of Psychological Research on Deception Detection (E-prod) that utilizes cutting-edge research from laboratories across Europe to optimize the detection of deception in serious crime.



The training will cover verifiability approach to detect lying. The course focuses on training participants to become more accurate judges of truth and deception, not by passive observation of a speaker’s verbal and nonverbal behaviors but by tactically outsmarting liars through the use of various techniques.

The course will delve deeper into the Model Statement Technique, citing direct quotes and practical applications of the researched approaches and the various techniques through experiments and case studies.

The core of the cognitive lie detection approach is that investigators can magnify the differences in cognitive cues displayed by truth-tellers and liars through interventions based on cognitive principals that make the liars’ task more cognitively demanding. The training will utilize up-to-date research in cognitive lie detection.


2019 Course Highlights 

The basic course will be enriched since its previous runs with an introduction of an in-depth study on The Model Technique. Another addition is presenting practical solutions of researched techniques such as Assessment criteria indicative of deception (ACID), Verifiability approach (VA) and Cognitive credibility assessment (CCA).

These new elements are adapted from the Advanced Level workshop, and would enable participants to apply key principles in realistic interview and investigation scenarios.



Available Course Dates:  21 to 23 Jan 2019 

This is a 3 day course. Course commences at 9am sharp and ends at about 1630hrs. Participants will be given two slots of 30min break and 1-hour lunch break.

Scheduled Break times :

Morning: 1030hrs to 1100hrs

Lunch: 1200hrs to 1300hrs

Afternoon: 1430hrs to 1500hrs



The cost of the registration fees is SGD 3,600 per participant. Limited to 20 participants per course.

For bulk bookings of a min. 15 pax, registration fees is at SGD$3,100.00 per pax.

Registration deadline: 31 December 2018.

Please sign up here or email to for bulk booking discounts.


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The organiser reserves the rights to make any changes to the programme.