The purpose of forensic psychological preparation is designed to help the person speaking at trial to speak in court as clearly as possible. The method comprises the following steps:
a) The initial stress level and the symptoms of potential traumatic stress are identified by self-assessment forms
b) The next step is legal proceedings education, which is a method of training that enhances the understanding of the legal process of the person speaking at trial and helps them to deal with their emotions and thoughts concerning the hearing. The legal proceeding education deals, among other things, with the stages of the trial, the roles, responsibilities and rights of the parties and the progress of the day in practice.
c) The next step in Cope for Court is to teach a mental image and relaxation exercise to the person speaking at trial
d) The third step is to use the EMDR method and to undertake a resource exercise where any distracting images and thoughts associated with the upcoming trial will be neutralised by EMDR therapy techniques.
Overall, the Cope for Court session usually takes 60 minutes.
The work centres on the hearing of the person during the trial.