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Behavioral Forensics Academy™

Consultants' Training Institute
Co-Sponsored by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts® and The Behavioral Forensics Group

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Practical Insights on the Psychology of White-Collar Criminals—And How to Outsmart Them 

For the first time ever, take an inside look at the mind of the fraudster. Behavioral Forensics takes you there, along with a fascinating exploration of what makes people fall for their swindles. It will make you take a longer look when hiring new employees and know what behavioral red flags to look for in the workplace.

The two-day Behavioral Forensics Academyis developed and taught by seasoned professionals from The Behavioral Forensics Group. Faculty includes two veteran FBI agents, a former accounting firm partner and ex-PCAOB’s Standing Advisory Group member with a PhD in psychology, and a Board-certified organizational psychiatrist who have written the prize-winning book, A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics: Applying Psychology to Financial Fraud Prevention and Detection (John Wiley & Sons, 2013).  Their book is devoted to exploring the “psychology of fraud” and introducing the emerging specialization of “behavioral forensics.” It has been presented to the FBI Academy, the PCAOB, Freddie Mac, the International Monetary Fund, and at various fraud conferences.

The program will bridge the interdisciplinary nature of the ecology of fraud and discuss the psychology of the “sharks” (predatory fraudsters who may exhibit “dark triad” personality characteristics), the psychology of the “marks” (the victims, especially because fraud is a trust crime in which the victim willingly parts with something of value; there is no coercion necessarily), and even the psychology of the “larks” (the whistleblowers who sing about corporate misdeeds as is becoming increasingly common).

How You Will Benefit

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Examine the key features of a fraud case from an understanding of psychological motivations
  • Identify where to look for signals of behavioral/integrity risks, psychological influences to commit fraud, as well as the ABC taxonomy (bad apple, bushel, crop) and its implications
  • Describe the psychology of the sharks (predatory fraudsters), the marks (the victims), and the larks (whistleblowers willing to talk)
  • Apply professional skepticism and insight in identifying environments presenting fraud risk
  • Recommend fraud mitigation steps based on psychological factors of influence
  • Relate to the investigation of fraud cases from a psychology perspective, including behavioral forensics-inspired interviewing
  • Analyze perpetrators, victims, and witnesses/whistleblowers based on psychological insights

What You Will Cover

Day 1: Common Behavior Risk Factors in High-Profile C Suite Crimes

  • Identify the most common methods of commission, asking both how and why questions
  • Describe the psychological factors influencing perpetrators, victims, and witnesses/whistleblowers
  • Identify early psychological red flags for high-risk senior executives
  • Describe the ABC taxonomy (bad apple, bad bushel, bad crop) and its implications
  • Describe preventative steps to discourage incentives to commit fraud
  • Identify the characteristics of successful interventions to prevent or mitigate fraud

Day 2: Investigation of Fraud Based on Psychology
  • Describe the “Ecology of Fraud,” including the sharks (perpetrators), marks (victims), and larks (witnesses willing to talk)
  • Identify the components and organization of investigative techniques regarding psychology 
  • Identify acceptable standards for evidence from a psychological and legal viewpoint
  • Formulate effective interview protocols derived from understanding the psychology of fraud, including mini-case studies

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Who Should Attend 
This course is ideal for MAFFs, CFFs, CFEs, CPAs, governmental and internal auditors, law enforcement (federal, state, local), regulators, investigators, attorneys, prosecutors, business advisors, bankers, board members and other fiduciaries, and business owners—in short, those who may not necessarily focus their practice on financial/computer forensics, yet want to understand the applicability of behavioral forensics as a discipline relevant to their pursuits.

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To register, select the date and location you would like to attend and click the "Register Online" button for our online event registration. Contact Member/Client Services at (800) 677-2009 for questions or registration assistance.
 Two-Day Live Classroom Schedule  
          Register Early and SAVEEarly Registration Discounts
and Deadlines
  Dates Location   10% 5%
  November 21–22, 2019 San Diego, CA Register Online 9/30/2019 10/31/2019
Courses generally begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:15 p.m.

Pricing (Before Early Registration Discount)


Two-day Academy (16 Hrs CPE) $1,300 $1,170
Required Book (Price added to registration fee)    
Required Book
A.B.C.’s of Behavioral Forensics: Applying Psychology to Financial Fraud
Prevention and Detection 
(will be distributed at Academy)
$45 $45

CPE Hours—Live Classroom
Delivery Method Group-Live
Program Level Intermediate
Advanced Preparation None
Prerequisites Previous training or research on subject matter being taught. 
Fields of Study Regulatory Ethics 8
  Personal Development 8
Total CPE Hours   16

For more information regarding CPE, Program Levels and Fields of Study please click here.