Empathy-Based Interrogation 2020

What You Will Learn

  • To build and keep rapport by practicing non- judgmental empathy with the suspect throughout the interview process.
  • To utilize a funnel approach, increasing open-ended questions that encourage free-flowing narratives as answers.
  • To prioritize the corroboration of your victims’ statements before moving into more traditional theme-based interrogation techniques.
  • To catch your suspect off guard by asking questions that “flip the perspective”.
  • To increase the likelihood in court that the interview can be defended as non-coercive and voluntarily given.
  • And more…



Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona

EBI is an empathy-based interrogation method that results in a non-confrontational, conversational interview that will keep your suspects talking longer.

Suspects often want to sell you a story – especially in sexual assault, child homicide and child abuse investigations.  Traditional interrogation methods teach investigators to dominate the interview with interruptions and confrontation often with the sole focus being to elicit a confession. This often shuts a suspect down and the opportunity for leads and information is lost.  EBI teaches an interview method that lets the suspect tell their story in a free-flowing, conversational manner, thereby developing leads and information, in addition to confessions.

Corroboration of a crime is key to success, even when there is a confession.  Giving the prosecutor the strongest case possible increases the likelihood of success in the courtroom. EBI instructs interviewers how to develop corroboration strategies that will increase information, not only for investigative leads, but also to lay a solid foundation for a prosecutor to develop a strong cross-examination of the suspect at trial.

When: September 9-11, 2020
Where: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, 60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Cost: $675.00 a person.
Early bird registration amount is $625.00 if registered and paid by June 1, 2020




From Trauma To Trial 2016 Conference Venue
Tempe Mission Palms, where Midwestern charm meets the warmth of the Southwest, is the only full-service hotel in the heart of Tempe, Arizona, with convenient access to Scottsdale and Phoenix. The serenity of the surrounding desert landscape and its rose-colored vistas are reflected in the hotel’s décor and mimicked in its relaxing ambiance.
Features of the Mission Palms Resort:
  • Within walking distance to downtown Tempe’s Mill Avenue district & over 100 restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • Conveniently located just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Arizona State University (ASU), and all major highways in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.
  • As a courtesy, the hotel will provide daily shuttle transportation to Phoenix Airport, 5:30am – 10:00pm.  The airport shuttle runs on an “as-needed” basis, leaving every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour. Reservations are not required.
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Enjoy these amenities:
  1. Rooftop outdoor heated swimming pool
  2. Two Jacuzzi spas
  3. Elegant garden courtyard
  4. Top-rated Mission Grille restaurant
  5. Harry’s Place, our indoor/outdoor lounge
  6. Business center and concierge
  7. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport transportation
  8. High-speed wireless Internet
  9. Fully-equipped fitness center


Limited rooms are available under the group block “Justice 3D EBI” at a nightly discounted rate of $124.00 + taxes.