Julianna has been subpoenaed to court by the client’s attorney to testify about her addicted client, who is facing a child custody battle. Her client is a heroin addict in her 30s who had previously lost custody of her three older children to the Department of Social Services. Her ex-husband, father of the youngest child, filed for child custody when her client entered drug addiction treatment Julianna has never testified in court and is panicked over receiving her first subpoena.
1. What would you suggest she do first and why?
2. Based on your knowledge and experience, how would you suggest she prepare for testimony?
3. What suggestions for self-care would you make to her as she goes through the process of working with the legal system?