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Our approach is generally role-based and starts with a training needs analysis – including a full discussion with you to determine your requirements. This diagnosis is an important element of our “getting it right” philosophy which is revisited at each stage of the training process; after the initial proposal, following the design and post delivery, by evaluating each event.

Aim and objectives will be provided for each training course, along with timetable and feedback forms for participants. We can assist with technical training and with Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessments to help develop individuals and build better teams; our team is qualified to undertake and feedback on these psychometric assessments.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator* is a self-report questionnaire designed to make Jung’s theory of psychological types understandable and useful in everyday life. MBTI results identify valuable differences between normal healthy people; differences that can be the source of much misunderstanding and miscommunication. Taking the MBTI inventory and receiving feedback will help you identify your unique gifts. The information enhances understanding of yourself, your motivations, your natural strengths and your potential areas for growth. It will also help you appreciate people who differ from you. Understanding MBTI type is self-affirming and encourages cooperation with others.

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The 16PF questionnaire is a powerful personality profiling instrument that can help you form a deeper understanding of your strengths and development needs throughout your adult life. Your 16PF profile provides you with a powerful, self-affirming and easy-to-understand framework for self-insight, including how your personality impacts your everyday behaviour and work performance.

The list below is a brief overview of courses we have delivered in the past and is not prescriptive in any way; it should be used as a general guide only. Courses can be tailored to your requirements and delivered at a venue of your choice by qualified trainers and practising forensic scientists with a wealth of experience. We believe in bringing realism to the courses and in encouraging lively discussion.

Forensic Science Practitioners

New Entrants
  • An introduction to the Criminal Justice System, police and courts of law
  • Theory of forensic science and evidence types
  • Good laboratory practice and contamination issues
  • Case file construction and submission forms
  • Supply chain including Exhibit Receipt & Forensic Examiner responsibilities
  • Exhibit Control, Continuity and Packaging
  • Note writing
Professionalism and Customer Awareness Training
  • Professional Ethics
  • Scientific Support Departments
  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System & the changing CJS environment
  • Disclosure
  • Customer Focus
Court Presentation Skills
  • Courts, court procedure and the legal profession
  • The Expert Witness and expert evidence
  • Court Behaviour (appearance and impressions)
  • Courtroom dynamics, communication and presentation
  • Cross examination
  • Witness box exercises
Statement/report Writing
  • Introduction and outline of plan
  • Stages of Case
  • Purpose of Statements & Reports
  • Statement Format – the basics
  • Trainer led exercise – statement production

Forensic Medical Examiners, Forensic Nurse Practitioners & SOIT officers (police chaperones)

  • Medical Examination Kit – guidelines for sampling top to toe including Early Evidence Kit with practical demonstrations and scenarios provided.
  • Court presentation skills and statement writing (see above).

Scenes of Crime Officers/CSIs

Street Crime Initiative
  • Protection of evidence at scenes to include retention times of contact trace evidence (including case examples) when dealing with persons in custody and other prisoner handling issues
  • Textile fibres to include demonstration and taping exercise, discussion of controls and combings relating to car-jacking and persons in custody
  • Introduction to DNA; what it is, history of DNA (nothing too technical), National DNA Database
  • DNA (SGM+ and LCN), success rates, PED, cross contamination issues. Case examples
  • Forms and fast track procedures
Assistant SOCO
  • Evidence types and their value
  • Textile fibres to include demonstration and taping exercise, discussion of controls and combings
Scenes of Crime Officers/Crime Scene Investigators
  • Preservation of evidence at scenes, marks, contact traces, drugs and body fluids
  • Calling experts to the scene (eg fires, blood patterns)
  • Exhibit management
  • Tour of SSU

Forensic Submission Officers

  • Contact Trace Evidence; capability, significance and usefulness of fibres, glass, paint etc
  • DNA evidence; DNA submissions, mechanism for contacting the laboratory, National DNA Database and mass screens
  • Documentation; familiarisation, guidance and use of laboratory submission forms
  • Packaging of items; use of appropriate packaging for different items with examples, separation of suspect and victim items, continuity and integrity of items
  • Anti-contamination issues

Police Officers

Forensic science awareness course
  • Introduction to contact trace evidence; capability, significance and usefulness of fibres, glass, paint etc
  • Introduction to body fluid & DNA evidence; submissions, contacting the laboratory, National DNA Database and mass screens
  • Documentation; familiarisation, guidance and use of laboratory submission forms
  • Packaging of items; use of appropriate packaging for different items with examples, separation of suspect and victim items, continuity and integrity of items – including anti-contamination issues

Yvonne recently provided psychometric testing feedback for Executive Board members of the Royal Hospital of Neuro-disability in East Putney and co-delivered a team workshop. The session involved:

  • Participatory Decision Making – and how knowing about the Myers Briggs type can help
  • Relationships in the team – and how knowing about the Myers Briggs type can support the growth of strong working relationships.

Personal Effectiveness through Psychometrics

MTBI

The shared vision of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers was “to enable individuals to grow through an understanding and appreciation of individual differences in healthy personality and to enhance harmony and productivity among diverse groups”.

The assessment provides a useful method for understanding people by looking at eight personality preferences that everyone uses at different times. These eight preferences are organised into four dichotomies, each made up of a pair of opposite preferences.

16PF

The 16PF Questionnaire was developed to measure the personality dimensions that affect a person’s behaviour. The original author, Raymond Cattell, believed that the same scientific principles that helped to bring order and understanding to the physical world (eg the basic dimensions of physics and chemistry) could also be applied to understanding the human personality; a sort of periodic table for personality”.

The 16PF questionnaire is a powerful personality profiling instrument that can help you form a deeper understanding of your strengths and development needs throughout your adult life. Your 16PF profile provides you with a powerful, self-affirming and easy-to-understand framework for self-insight, including how your personality impacts your everyday behaviour and work performance.

David Scaysbrook

Yvonne Turner