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About Forensii

Forensii was established in July 2020 to fill the gap in the Australian market for training in legal and forensic psychology. Our instructors have extensive experience in teaching and research in these areas.

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Teaching

Our courses have been developed after years of experience teaching in universities (e.g., postgraduate courses in forensic psychology) and teaching on police training courses.

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Research

Many current investigative practices are based on the research work of our team, including the labeling and creation of the very first model of “investigative interviewing”.

 

Meet your instructor

Dr Stephen Moston

I’m Stephen Moston, the creator of Forensii.


You’ve come to the right place if you are a psychologist interested in a forensic career, a police officer looking to learn investigative skills, or possibly a criminal lawyer representing clients who are being interviewed by the police. I’ll help you learn how the latest scientific insights from psychological research can be used in criminal investigations.


I’ve been working on police interviewing practices for over thirty years. If you’ve ever heard that children change their answers when questions are repeated, or that telling children that they can say “don’t know” can improve the accuracy of testimony, or the benefits of questioning children with a support person present, then you’ve already met me through my research. Yes, all of those ideas were mine!


Or perhaps you’ve heard the term “investigative interviewing” and how it has replaced “interrogation”. That too was mine. I crafted and pioneered the use of that term and even wrote the “manual” that was the cornerstone of the PEACE model.


Or possibly you’ve heard about the merits of using information gathering questioning techniques over accusatorial techniques with suspects, or how strength of evidence predicts the outcome of interviews with suspects, or maybe you’ve learnt some of the techniques that police officers can use when suspects use their right to silence.


Again, then you’ve already ‘met me’.


Hello. It’s nice to meet you.


There’s a vast world of information out there, probably too much information. The sheer volume is overwhelming, the findings so often contradictory, or possibly too far removed from operational practice.


I will be your guide through the latest and greatest research studies, showing which studies matter, and which ones don’t. I’ll show you how to apply psychological science to the criminal justice system, and I’ll also show you how to spot (and avoid) psychological pseudoscience.


That’s just for starters. Come on in.
 

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