The main purpose of Cope for Court is to provide the best possible conditions for a good hearing and to boost the witnesses’ self-confidence as a witness. The method comprises the following steps:
a) The initial anxiety level and the symptoms of potential traumatic stress are identified together with a clinician.
b) Legal proceedings education. This is a method of training that enhances the understanding of the legal process of the witness and helps them to deal with their emotions and thoughts concerning the in-court oral hearing. The legal proceeding education deals with, among other things, the stages of the trial, the roles, responsibilities and rights of the parties and the progress of the day in practice.
c) Mental image and relaxation exercise. This is done with an EMDR therapy based method and specific protocol designed for this purpose. For more information on EMDR therapy, please see www.mementos.fi.
Overall, the Cope for Court session usually takes 60 minutes.