Spring 2013 Issue

The 2013 National Polygraph Association annual training conference was a huge success! The NPA had a very high turnout of members attending, had a lot of vendor representation and had several polygraph school directors in attendance. Michael Woodrow, Professor and Detective Sergeant, entertained the membership with his excellent presentation, covering things like public perception and the need to be pro-active in our public relations in the polygraph profession. I was able to present a class on Using Interpreters in polygraph testing and how the Directed Lie Technique lends itself more easily to the use of interpreters than does the Probable Lie Technique. Polygraph school director Ben Blalock presented on the Directed Lie Screening Technique (DLST) in preemployment and PCSOT testing. Also featured was an excellent overview of the Empirical Scoring System (ESS). This class was very interactive and everyone had a lot of questions, making it an unqualified success. We had the most new members join our organization in 2012 than in any previous year and we want to continue that trend and break the record again in 2013. Please inform all of the examiners you know that the NPA represents a true value for the training dollar spent. Chip MorganPresident - National Polygraph Association
If you missed this year’s seminar, you missed a good opportunity to get together with seventy other examiners like yourself and talk about things you have in common. We had excellent presentations and again this year we gave away a free polygraph instrument during our business meeting. The board decided to let the lucky winner pick the brand of instrument. The winner was John Christenson of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Congratulations to John. He picked Stoelting. A big thanks goes out to Stoelting who also provided a free laptop computer to run the polygraph. We thank them for their generosity. We have been bouncing around names for speakers in the 2014 seminar. If you have someone you heard speak or would like to see someone make a presentation, please let us know as soon as possible. It is good to get the speakers committed early in 2013. I still haven’t been able to find any other national seminar that meets anywhere for $49.00 a night rooms. The quality of our speakers rivals anyone and Las Vegas provides a very entertaining venue for the seminar. National Polygraph Association is the only national organization that does not spend thousands of dollars sending our board of directors all over the country “trying out” the venue. We try to give back to our members with a good newsletter and an excellent seminar. Let us know if we can help you in any way. I look forward to seeing you in Vegas in 2014. Ron Davis Chairman of the Board National Polygraph Association
Hi All, It was really nice seeing you all at the NPA Seminar. We are hoping that attendance will continue to grow. If you didn't attend, and have no excuse, shame on you. It's still cheap, fun, and informative. We had some really good speakers and enjoyed sharing ideas and experiences. If you have some idea's regarding speakers, be sure and share them with us. It's been busy since the seminar. We have several new members and I welcome them to the NPA. The President, Chip Morgan, and I have talked about the possibility of forming a discussion group on "LinkedIn" in order to get more information out about the NPA and our profession. Chip is still working on it. If you haven't joined "LinkedIn" you should and follow discussions in "Polygraph Examiners.” There you will find lots of good information and sharing of ideas. Recent discussion included an inquiry about racial biases during pre-employment interview/polygraphs. Interesting topic. I'm sure some of you could contribute with your experiences. We will be changing the NPA website soon and incorporating some of the suggestions you gave us at the conference. Look forward to the new site (same address) being up and running by May-June. There will be a members only section and a "How To Find an Examiner" section that will contain your contact information if you want us to publish it. If you choose not to have your info published, or choose to modify the info, contact Ted, Bree, or myself so we can make sure only the info you want will be in there. It's may be possible, later on, for you to go in and modify your own info off of your password. Honest, ethical, and truthful, the NPA! Thanks, Jim WoodsVice President National Polygraph Association
In the world of polygraph the name Christ Gugas is far from unknown. His work and contributions in the field will always be remembered and highly regarded. In honor of his life and the 25 anniversary of the National Polygraph Association this article will explore his life, his work, and his legacy to the art and science of polygraph examination.
The 2013 National Polygraph Association Seminar at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, NV was a valuable educational experience, great networking opportunity, and a fun time! Thank you so much to the NPA officers and board members who put in hard work to make the seminar possible!!!
_ SEXUALLY VIOLENT OFFENDER CLINICAL POLYGRAPH SEMINAR Ten years ago a quiet project began in the Midwest.  It was a new approach to the management of sexually violent offenders that utilized a unique combination of diagnostic tools and newly created polygraph procedures developed by clinical staff and polygraph experts.  Until now, these tests and procedures have remained within the walls of The Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center. This seminar will share these polygraph procedures. Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center      Clinical Faculty: David Thornton, PhD As part of this training, Dr. Thornton will lead participants through the steps of risk assessment and how polygraph testing is invaluable to that process.  Additionally, participants will get a rare glimpse of life for the more than 300 patients inside this highly secured facility and have the clinical process explained.  Dr. Thornton is the 2005 recipient of the ATSA Significant Achievement Award. Clinical Faculty: Lloyd Sinclair, LCSW Mr. Sinclair will provide invaluable insight for both clinicians and polygraph examiners into understanding the SVP, and will describe the multi-disciplinary approaches to evaluating and reducing risk among this population.  He will offer insight into testifying in Court about risk, re-offense among SVPs, and the risk assessment tools employed including polygraph testing. For more information, please contact: Robin Olson Behavioral Measures Midwest, LLC Phone:  (262) 521-3318 Fax:  (262) 521-3319 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Location: Mauston, Wisconsin                 When: Thursday & Friday October 3 & 4, 2013 Polygraph Faculty: Bill Scheve Mr. Scheve will instruct seminar participants in conducting and understanding the applications of Sexual Thoughts & Fantasy Polygraph Testing along with several other unique procedures developed for institutional and civilly committed persons, including the Institutional Treatment Test, the Active Account & Formative Event Test, and Countermeasures among civilly committed and institutionalized inmates. Polygraph Faculty: Eric J. Holden, M.A., L.P.C. Mr. Holden will instruct seminar participants about new thoughts concerning the use of polygraph procedures as an assessment tool in institutional settings; as an assessment tool for clinicians responsible for determining risk among SVP populations; and when polygraph should be viewed as a testing tool employing validated procedures where the scientific basis of professional opinions and test results should be the primary concern. Registration Fee:          $250 in advance $275 at the door Behavioral Measures Institute Certificate of Training for 16 hours (at The Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center) will be issued  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   The National Polygraph Association Board would like to extend our deepest sympathies to member John Harvill who lost his wife Sandra to cancer November 13, 2012. John and Sandra were married for 50 years.   I would like to remind membership to give the officers and board input for class topics that they would like to see for the 2014 seminar. Joseph Garcia Director, NPA   Good day all, The 2013 Seminar has passed and so much to do. With 2014 just around the bend, I’m ready to work with each of our members and learn something new. We have a…
By Marisa Taylor Original Article published in the Witchita Eagle WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is drawing up a new national polygraph policy in the wake of allegations that federal agencies are pushing legal and ethical limits during screenings of job applicants and employees. The decision by National Intelligence Director James Clapper to draft a new policy comes after his office conducted a review of federal polygraph programs and after McClatchy Newspapers detailed allegations of polygraph abuses. Clapper’s review found “inconsistencies” across the government that led him to order a new policy, but it also found that “all programs were operating appropriately,” Clapper’s public affairs office said in a statement to McClatchy. But a congressman who had asked Clapper to look into alleged polygraph abuses said the director was being “dismissive” of a more serious problem with the way the federal government conducts its screenings. In its statement, Clapper’s public affairs office said the inconsistencies “related to administrative practices, rather than the substance of the polygraphs.” The review was completed between July and August. “This is a non-response,” said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J. “I’m really concerned that throughout the intelligence community there has been an unwillingness to ask critical questions about polygraph.” Independent national security experts agreed that Clapper appeared to be downplaying legitimate concerns about the federal government’s use of polygraph. Several of them who read a draft of the policy obtained by McClatchy said it would do little to crack down on overly aggressive polygraph interrogations. In fact, it appears to allow agencies to continue current practices with few new requirements and may even grant agencies more latitude in some instances. “It does not address polygraph abuses at all,” said Steven Aftergood, who runs the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy. “Given that polygraph testing is not going away, a new policy should grapple directly with the problems it poses.” Widespread testing In a series of articles on polygraph screening published last year, McClatchy found that 15 federal agencies polygraph more than 70,000 job applicants and employees across the country each year to determine whether they’re trustworthy enough to get security clearances or jobs. Private thoughts and secret behaviors are written down, tape-recorded, permanently filed in vast databases and shared across multiple agencies. Depending on the agency, polygraphers could ask about a wide range of information, including relationships with foreigners, sexual conduct and whether someone has leaked government information to the news media. McClatchy also reported how some polygraphers felt they were being pressured to push ethical and legal boundaries by collecting information not directly related to national security during screenings. The National Reconnaissance Office — the nation’s spy satellite agency — isn’t supposed to be directly eliciting such information, but some polygraphers contended that those who did were rewarded with bonuses and those who didn’t were punished. Polygraphers and job applicants at various federal agencies also described how routine screenings sometimes turn into harsh interrogations. One National Reconnaissance Office polygrapher said he felt pressured to interrogate an…

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