Michelle Bonetti, Moretalk NZ and court-appointed Communication Assistant and Sally Kedge, Talking Trouble Aotearoa and court-appointed Communication Assistant
This webinar looks at aspects of communication vulnerability in the trial setting. Court-appointed communication assistants talk about how to identify communication vulnerability and strategies that can be adopted to meet the needs of vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
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Michelle Bonetti: With a background of over 25 years as a Speech Language Therapist, Michelle Bonetti has also held team and service leader roles in both education and health. Michelle has run a successful private practice “Moretalk” since 2012. She was the first SLT in NZ to be engaged by the Ministry of Justice, as a Communication Assistant (CA), and following specialist training in the England, now provides mentoring and supervision to a growing group of CA contractors around the country. Michelle has been engaged as a presenter for training of judiciary and other legal professionals and is working with the Ministry of Justice in the re-design of the Communication Assistance service.
Sally Kedge is a speech-language therapist and court-appointed Communication Assistant. She is the Director of a social enterprise, Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ which is concerned with addressing the speech, language and communication needs of people involved with justice, care and protection, mental health and behaviour services. Sally is based in Auckland, New Zealand although the team of over 20 Talking Trouble specialist speech-language therapists work all over NZ providing therapeutic speech-language therapy services, professional and service development projects, and communication assistant roles in courts, Family Group Conferences and related settings.
Sally has worked in the UK and New Zealand as a speech-language therapist for 23 years, 18 of those in New Zealand, predominantly with children and young people. She has been involved research and clinical education at The University of Auckland and is an Expert Advisor to the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association.
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