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Title: Profile of an Investigative Hypnosis Interview
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:37  Issue:3  Dated:(March 1989)  Pages:72-75
Author(s): M Howell
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 4
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Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) established a hypnosis program in 1980 and has conducted 940 hypnosis sessions between July 1980 and December 1987.
Abstract: DPS emphasizes that hypnosis should be used as an aid to investigations rather than as a substitute and cautions investigators to use standard investigative methods before using hypnosis. Texas appellate courts have upheld convictions where hypnosis was used with either a victim or witness for the purpose of memory enhancement. The five stages of an investigative hypnosis session are the pre-hypnosis interview, induction, information eliciting, de-hypnotizing, and the post-hypnosis interview. A main task for the hypnotist during the initial interview is to establish and maintain rapport with the individual to be hypnotized. An audio or video recording should document the entire contact between the police hypnotist and the victim or witness. Before considering the use of hypnosis, a case investigator should check with the prosecutor to determine the legal status of hypnosis in the jurisdiction. Sample checklist.
Main Term(s): Questioning under hypnosis
Index Term(s): Investigative hypnosis training; Investigative techniques; Texas
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