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How do judicial officers effectively engage with child witnesses and witnesses with cognitive impairments? 

Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Pamela Snow will join an expert judicial panel that dissects communication as a human skill and how communication challenges can manifest in court.

The session will offer insight and techniques to respond to communication challenges when engaging with vulnerable witnesses.

Panel

  • Professor Pamela Snow, La Trobe University
  • Judge Meryl Sexton, County Court of Victoria
  • Magistrate Belinda Wallington, Magistrates’ Court of Victoria
  • Magistrate Jennifer Bowles, Children’s Court of Victoria
  • Judicial Registrar Mark Pedley, Supreme Court of Victoria

Pre-requisite viewing 

We have developed an on-demand video that participants are asked to view before the live webinar. 

In this video, Professor Snow walks participants through: 

  • The fundamentals of language development
  • Communication challenges with vulnerable witnesses; and 
  • How these challenges present in a courtroom.

Participants will be sent this video on 7  October 2020.  

The event is open to all judicial officers. 

Location

Program will be held via Zoom webinar.

Professor Snow

Professor Pamela Snow

Pamela Snow is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Education at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. 

Pamela Snow is a registered psychologist and a speech-language pathologist. Her research spans various aspects of risk in childhood and adolescence, including the role of oral language competence as an academic and mental health protective factor in childhood and adolescence, and the linguistic aspects of investigative interviewing with children and adolescents as witnesses, suspects, and victims in criminal investigations.

Pamela is Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a past Victorian State Chair of the Australian Psychological Society.

Professor Snow

Professor Pamela Snow

Pamela Snow is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology in the School of Education at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University. 

Pamela Snow is a registered psychologist and a speech-language pathologist. Her research spans various aspects of risk in childhood and adolescence, including the role of oral language competence as an academic and mental health protective factor in childhood and adolescence, and the linguistic aspects of investigative interviewing with children and adolescents as witnesses, suspects, and victims in criminal investigations.

Pamela is Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a past Victorian State Chair of the Australian Psychological Society.