Death Investigation Series: Positional Asphyxiation and Forensic Implications

Become Familiar with Unique Death Scenes and Increase Your Skills Needed to Become a Death Investigator

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You want to be a Death Investigator?

Interested in Forensic Pathology?

Need specialized course to help start your forensic career?

Wondering if you can 'handle' death scenes?

Take this course to expand your forensic knowledge and increase your investigative skills.

Death Investigation involves determining how and why a person died and being a forensic professional, you need to become aware of the many aspects of a death scene. Forensic evidence, history of decedent, how the body was found, and the scene itself, can help determine the events leading to a person's death. In addition, forensic professionals are expected to apply critical thinking when investigating unique scenes.

This webinar replay will focus upon Positional Asphyxiation--the asphyxia takes place in circumstances when the victim's body assumes an abnormal position compromising the process of respiration. The diagnosis is usually based on circumstantial evidence in conjunction with excluding other significant underlying causes of death and as a forensic professional you are a vital part of an investigative team, your investigative skills can provide valuable information.

This presentation--divided into two parts-- reviews the history and purpose the coroner/medical examiner system, medical terms and definitions, types of asphyxia, case studies, scene photos, and related evidence found on scene and at autopsy. The scene photos allows you to examine the scenes allowing you to follow the conclusions of the death scenes.

This webinar is one of several in our Death Investigation Series.




Your Instructor


Terri Armenta/Forensic Training
Terri Armenta/Forensic Training

Terri has been teaching forensic science and criminal justice courses for over 15 years. Her education and experience includes business management, science, law enforcement, and forensics. She has a MS in Forensic Science (emphasis in Investigations) and loves to teach and educate others in forensic science and criminal justice topics and techniques. She is the founder of Forensic Training Unlimited LLC (FTU), which is located in Southern California. FTU offers hands-on training, workshops, seminars, and online training courses.

She has several POST certificates, has trained with Los Angeles County Coroner, Orange County (CA) Sheriff Department, and holds professional memberships in Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers, International Association for Identification, Latino Peace Officers Association, and the California State Division of the International Association of Identification.

She has presented at the International Association for Identification, served as a guest lecturer in forensic and criminal justice topics, and as an Adjunct Instructor at several colleges.

Terri, who holds teaching credentials, is passionate about bringing students closer to their forensic career goals.

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Class Curriculum


  Positional Asphyxiation: Introduction
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  Positional Asphyxiation: Types and Case Studies
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  Supplemental Material
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  Course Completion Survey
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Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to watch the replay all at once?

This course is in webinar format. It is a recording of one of our most popular forensic training sessions. You can stop the recording at any time and pick up where you left off.

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with this course, please tell me why so I can fix the problem. If you are still unsatisfied, I will be happy to give you a full refund. Please make sure the request is wthin the first 30 days of purchase. Unfortunately, refund requests after 30 days can't be processed.
I paid for the textbooks (ebooks). When will I receive them?

The textbooks (ebooks) are a digital download. The pdf file will be emailed to you. You may use the ebooks as a resource for this and future courses.

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