WU-FARU Forensic Anthropology Training Courses

The Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit offers specialized training courses specifically in forensic anthropology for professionals and students (18+ years). These courses range from one to five days and cover both the recovery/field component of the discipline, as well as, the laboratory components including human osteology, the biological profile, trauma/taphonomy, and pathology. Courses are taught by ABFA board-certified forensic anthropologist Dr. Alexandra R. Klales, D-ABFA (#123), with guest lectures from other prominent forensic and biological anthropologists. Continuing education credits (e.g., ABMDI or MO Post) are available for some courses (see below).

Courses can be customized and privately scheduled for groups of ten or more. All courses are taught on the Washburn University campus in the Washburn/Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center Building (2001 SW Washburn Ave) in Topeka, KS unless otherwise specified below. On-campus housing options are available at a reduced rate, see below for more information on getting to Topeka. For more information, contact Amy Zook at (785) 670-2270 or email amy.zook@washburn.edu.

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Forensic Archaeology

May 23-27, 2022
$650
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central

This five-day intensive short course is designed to familiarize participants with the forensic archaeological methods used to recover human remains at outdoor crime scenes. Participants will learn how to search for, document, and recover human remains via lectures and mock-scenes involving surface scattered and buried remains. Various state-of-the-art mapping and documentation techniques will be presented and applied during recovery. Lectures will also cover specialized techniques for mass fatalities, plane crashes, and fatal fire scenes. $100 non-refundable course deposit fee required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course. Note: a portion of the course will occur off-campus at a designated site- travel to and from the site will be provided.

This course has been previously approved for 33 hours of ABMDI and 33 hours of MO POST Continuing Education (CE) Hours. 2022 CE hours pending approval.

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Human Osteology

May 31-June 3, 2022
$550

Tuesday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central

 The goal of this four-day short course is to familiarize students and professionals with the identification of human skeletal remains. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and siding fragmentary human bone, recognizing sub-adult remains, and understanding human skeletal anatomy. Participants will be introduced to normal human variation, as well as, some taphonomic and pathological changes. The course involves extensive hands-on opportunities with real bone fragments, supplemented by detailed lectures, presentations, and actual forensic case studies. Course is co-taught with Dr. Ashley Maxwell. No osteological experience is required; however, you may want to consider (i.e., optional) purchasing the following reference text for use during the course: White & Folkens (2005) The Human Bone Manual (~$30). $100 non-refundable course deposit fee required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course.

This course has been previously approved for ABMDI and MO POST Continuing Education (CE) hours. 2022 CE hours pending approval.

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Identifying Human vs. Non-Human Bone

August 1, 2022
$150
Monday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central (fully online and live/synchronous)

This one-day course is designed for law enforcement officers and crime scene investigators that often need to distinguish human from non-human bones. This one-day course will include lectures, hands-on practicals, interactive mini-quizzes, and question/answer sessions that will demonstrate how to differentiate human skeletal remains from non-bone materials and from non-human bones. See FAQ linked above for technology requirements. No prior knowledge of human osteology is required. $50 non-refundable course deposit fee is required at registration sign-up to secure a spot in the course.

This course has been previously approved for 6.5 hours of ABMDI and 7.5 hours of MO POST Continuing Education (CE) hours. 2022 CE hours pending approval.

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