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 when experimentation with drugs is often part of the social norm. Unfortunately, the changing sensitivities within the adolescent brain make it particularly susceptible to addiction. This module demonstrates practical action methods for supporting youth in understanding the process of addictions as well as for rehearsing sober behaviors. 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 “addictions” can be defined in physical, neurological, and behavioral terms and define the environmental and treatment factors that important to evaluate while working with substance use/abuse with youth;
• Explore a relationship with the substance(s) of choice and understand the parallels between a relationship with a drug and an abusive interpersonal relationship.
• Warm Up: Clarify the concept of addictions and identify the action structures that can be employed in addiction education and treatment sessions for adolescents.
• Directing Skills: Explain the process of directing action techniques tailored for use in substance use education settings with adolescents.
• Engaging Content: Immerse yourself in 60 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:
• Substance use setting
• 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 - 60 min
• Handouts - 45 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 - 70 min
Hours for Certificate:
• 3.5 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.