About the course:
Working with adolescents presents a unique set of challenges due to the accelerated neurological, biological, and social changes that occur from the onset of puberty into early adulthood. This course offers an in-depth exploration of the developmental challenges specific to this population, while emphasizing the effectiveness of action methods in engaging with youth. Gain valuable insights into establishing and cultivating better working relationships with adolescents, understanding their developmental challenges, and effectively addressing issues. This course provides a transformative perspective, equipping you with the tools to better navigate the challenges of working with adolescents during this critical stage of their lives.
Adolescence is a time of moving from nearly-blind acceptance of the values of one’s family and culture, to the exploration of the values that will guide one’s transition into adulthood and beyond. Without the opportunity to explore and consider, it can be for some youth, a time of merely substituting the family’s values for the perceived values of the peer group and/or those being espoused on various social media sources. This module provides an overview of a specific methodology for supporting youth to explore values in a neutral environment and look deeper into their relationship with them. Embark on a transformative journey alongside three students: a therapist, educator, supervisor, a business owner, and a business consultant from the US, as they delve into and reshape their personal adolescent experiences.
This module is designed for those who work with youth (11 to 24 years old):
• Social workers
• Counselors (including substance use counselors)
Appropriate for those who are new to action methods, as well as experienced practitioners, students in mental health fields, and those who want to develop their skills in action methods. Acting skills are not necessary.
• Describe how to facilitate an activity to elicit adolescent definitions of the concept of “values;” and list at least 5 examples of values that might be important for adolescents to explore;
• Describe the relationship of The Circle of Values to the sociometric activity The Social/Cultural Atom and facilitate the process for creating a Circle of Values on paper and in action.
• Warm Up: Define adolescent’s values basics.
• Directing Skills: Describe how to direct action techniques suited to working with adolescents values.
• Engaging Content: Immerse yourself in 68 minutes of captivating video content featuring an international group of students, bringing the learning experience to life.
• Comprehensive Resources: Access valuable handouts to reinforce your knowledge of working with youth.
• Knowledge Assessment: Evaluate your understanding with a 30-minute test and provide feedback through a quick 5-minute course survey, ensuring your mastery of the material.
How and where to use:
• Class management
• Group engagement
• Group members to get to know each other and relate to each other
• Teaching new skills
• Conflict in the class
• New group formation
• Substance use counseling
• Therapeutic groups.
• In Clinical and non-clinical setting
• Individual and group setting
• Online and in-person (therapy, counseling, classes, group leading)
• In single sessions (classes, summer camps activities etc.)
• Parenting and parenting classes
Mario Cossa RDT/MT, TEP, TSM Trainer – founder and Director of Motivational Arts Unlimited, and recipient of the ASGPP Innovator’s Award, 2019. Mario brings decades of experience as a group facilitator and psychodrama director and has worked in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, and China.
• Videos - 68 min
• Handouts - 50 min
• Test - 30 min
• Course Survey - 5 min
• Psychodrama with Adolescents. Interview with M.Cossa. Part 1.
• Psychodrama with Adolescents. Interview with M.Cossa. Part 2.
• Psychodrama with Adolescents. Interview with M.Cossa. Part 3.
• Practicum - 90 min
Hours for Certificate:
• 3 Hours on Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification - includes test, survey and practicum)
Information on Continuing Education Credits
Psychodrama professional certification training hours:
• American Board of Examiners - ABE accepts a maximum of 120 training hours for psychodrama distant learning. This module/course will count as asynchronous distance-learning as long as the primary trainer approves it.
• International Boards: You may be able to submit this certificate to your local Psychodrama board. Please contact your respective local board for information.
Experiential training hours:
• International Society of Experiential Professionals: ISEP accepts experiential training hours administered by a TEP trainer. More information will be provided shortly.
Social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors:
• We are working on getting board's approvals and will update this information shortly.
• You may be able to submit this certificate for credits in other mental health disciplines. Please contact your local board for information.