Course Summary

This course is approved for 2 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 

Culture has become a hot topic in today's world. Everything from race to transgender has hit the news and is dividing a nation as well as a planet.  Law Enforcement and Investigators are not exempt from these issues.  More and more pressure is being put on investigators in dealing with people of 'difference'.  Difference may not necessarily mean 'wrong' - but can mean tension.  The better we all work to understand 'difference' and work within it, the better we will be in our investigations.   You can believe a different way, or have a differing cultural background, and still work toward the same goal.   It starts with understanding compassion. Culture includes the beliefs, customs, and arts of a particular society, group, or place.

How people respond to issues of death or dying is directly related to their cultural backgrounds. Anyone who works with families should be sensitive to their culture, ethnic, religious, and language diversity. Death investigators come head-to-head with these cultural differences several times a year.

Some groups oppose autopsy, others need burial by sundown, still, others require certain rituals to be performed on the body within a certain time frame following death.  These and many other issues arise between cultural groups. It is true that your job as a death investigator is to investigate death; however, you have to do the best you can to work within cultural guidelines - or be able to properly explain to the family why you cannot meet their needs.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. 

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.


Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

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    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

  • 02

    Cultural Diversity and Anger De-escalation

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    • Cultural Diversity and Death Investigation Video 1 (21 minutes)

    • Cultural Diversity and Death Investigation Video 2 ( 22 minutes)

  • 03

    Section One Quiz

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    • Quiz: Cultural Diversity and Death Investigation

  • 04

    Cultural Diversity and Anger De-escalation

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    • Cultural Diversity and Death Investigation Video 3 (32 minutes)

  • 05

    Section Two Quiz

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    • Quiz: Cultural Diversity and Death Investigation

  • 06

    Reading and Resources

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    • Cultural Diversity Guide Book

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.


Anita’s work in the area of PTSD and Compassion Fatigue has helped shape many agency’s way of looking at the metal health and vitally of their investigators. Her teaching style brings tuff topics into an easy to apply perspective. She is considered an expert in team building, stress management, conflict resolution, and developing interaction guidelines for dealing with surviving family. Anita is an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.

Anita Brooks