The fourth edition of the SE3R Resource Book is completely revised and updated.

It describes the logical basis of SE3R: how the technique overcomes the psychological and language problems facing those making disclosures and those trying to make sense of them. There are worked examples and extensive illustrations – including many in colour. The text provides a rapid route to learning about SE3R and is a comprehensive source of reference concerning the many applications of SE3R.

  • To a document.
  • To audio- and video-recordings and to transcripts.
  • In an interview: face-to-face or on the telephone.
  • Combining two or more separate SE3Rs into a composite SE3R.

The virtual CD enables the new learner to practice applying SE3R in a live interview and to a recording of an interview.

You may download the virtual CD by simply clicking on the link below.

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SE3R is a method that enables you to capture and to analyse rapidly and comprehensively the fine-grain SE3R Resource book and CDdetail in any form of written or spoken text. It is an invaluable information processing tool which enhances the practice of all text professionals: police officers, investigators in the public and private sectors, lawyers, legal staff and others working in criminal, civil, and tribunal systems, those who process claims and applications, counsellors and psychotherapists, researchers and academics. There are many more occupations that involve working professionally with text.

The text professional must have a sound grasp and recall of the fine-grain detail contained within documents – such as statements – and in verbal exchanges – typically interviews – conducted face-to-face or on the telephone, or recorded electronically. It is essential to know what really was disclosed, what was disclosed in a vague or odd manner, or not disclosed at all!

SE3R has a unique format and techniques. These help you unconsciously to register and to store in memory much more detail than you are able to gather by close reading, intent listening, or conventional note taking. SE3R instantly reveals critical material and the whole range of oddity that can occur in text. You are immediately able to do something about it: identifying and prioritising areas for probing and further investigation; planning and preparing for a subsequent interview; keeping track of disclosures and behaviour in the interview.


SE3R: A Resource Book enables you to learn the method quickly and to apply it to different kinds of text.SE3R Resource book and CD

Chapter 1 introduces you to SE3R. It explains the language and psychological problems facing those making disclosures and those trying to make sense of them: problems that SE3R overcomes.

Chapter 2 explains how to apply SE3R to a document: the simplest and most basic application of SE3R. Straightforward explanation, numerous examples and extensive illustrations help you to learn SE3R quickly.

Chapter 3 is linked to the CD accompanying this book. It explains how to apply SE3R to an electronic recording or a transcript of a recording. You are introduced to BASELINES (a tool for systematically monitoring changes in a person’s behaviour) and ASSESS+ (a tool for assessing the content of disclosed detail and the manner in which the individual discloses detail).

Chapter 4 is also linked to the CD. You learn how to apply SE3R in any type of interview using Conversation Management and productive questions in combination with illustrator representations and enhanced drawing (tools for accessing and capturing non-verbal disclosure), BASELINES and ASSESS+.

Chapter 5 describes how to construct a composite SE3R from two or more individual SE3Rs. A composite SE3R reveals consistency and mismatch within different versions of ‘what happened’ and within different descriptions. You are able to identify immediately the origin of a particular detail.

Annex A provides statements with illustrative examples of SE3R. Annexes B to E give illustrations of composite SE3Rs – created using SE3R sheets and SE3R grids produced by hand and on the PC.