Director of Training and TheirWords Discussion Board Administrator
Donald Bender is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in clinical and forensic statement analysis. While at UC Berkeley he studied linguistic philosophy with Paul Grice and John Searle. During his graduate work at the University of Chicago he was a student of Paul Ricoeur in narrative theory. He was trained in the S.C.A.N. technique (Scientific Content Analysis) by Avinoam Sapir, and has completed the Level 2 practicum, which is LSI's most advanced training level in the methodology of forensic content analysis. In addition he has completed the Reid Institute's advanced training in interrogation technique with special emphasis on suspected child abuse interviewing.
Besides his expertise in the S.C.A.N. approach, he brings to statement analysis a wide variety of other resources including cognitive psychology, semiotics, discourse analysis, structural exegesis, projective testing, cognitive interviewing, forensic hypnosis, and Criteria Based Content Analysis.
He completed postgraduate training in psychotherapy at the Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center and certificate programs in psychophysiology and neurofeedback. He is a lifetime clinical member of CAMFT and a member of the American Society of Trial Consultants.
He uses statement analysis to assist attorneys in evaluating deposition testimony, formulating voir dire questions, and assessing witness credibility. In his clinical work he has pioneered the use of statement analysis techniques with projective testing, narrative therapy, the evaluation of suicide notes and threatening letters, and dream interpretation. He regularly consults on child abuse cases, false memory issues, and possible malingering. He works with the California state agency that provides critical therapy to victims and witnesses of violent crimes.
In addition to statement analysis, Donald Bender is one of the leading practitioners of Computer Voice Stress Analysis in both clinical and forensic settings.
He was the Fox TV News on air expert for the use of computer voice stress in the Jon Benet Ramsey case and consults on the Michael Jackson matter.
He has taught at Chabot College, conducted workshops on interview techniques, and consulted on confidential projects for such Fortune 500 companies as Price Waterhouse and IBM.
His publications include material on addiction and nonverbal communication.
(Donald Bender co -instructs our TheirWords Professional Forensic Statement Analysis Course and supervises the Advanced and Expert Training)