Course: Rebels with a Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques

Module 7. Befriending Your Inner Adolescent: Exploring and Releasing Unresolved Adolescent Issues.

Delve into your personal adolescent experiences and learn how to guide your clients in exploring and resolving unresolved issues with the guidance of expert Mario Cossa.


(100 Days Access)

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.

For many youth-serving professionals, as well as for parents, spending time guiding adolescents, can trigger own, unresolved, adolescent issues. Often this occurs beneath conscious level of awareness.This module invites to join an action process for identifying and working toward resolving these issues. 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):

• Therapists

• Social workers

• Psychologists

• Counselors (including substance use counselors)

• Psychodramatists

• Educators

• Coaches

• Parents

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.

Learning Objectives:

• Describe how to create the Social/Cultural Atom from a specific time in the participants' adolescence.

• List strengths that were present as adolescents and still possess, and strengths that were not part of repertoire.

• Name the roles from adolescence that no longer serve adult selves; create a new job description for these roles that would serve better in present life, and in the work with youth.

Module highlights: 

• Warm Up: Identify unresolved issues from the past.

• Directing Skills: Describe how to direct action techniques suited to working with adolescents’s unresolved issues. 

• Engaging Content: Immerse yourself in 76 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.

Module Includes:

Main Content:

• Videos - 98 min

• Handouts -90 min 

• Test - 30 min 

• Course Survey - 5 min 

Recommended Content:

• Psychodrama with Adolescents. Interview with M.Cossa. 3 Parts.

• Practicum - 45 min

Hours for Certificate:

• 4.5 Hours on Action Exploration Education Certificate (applicable for Psychodrama certification - includes survey, test 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. 

Other Disciplines:

• You may be able to submit this certificate for credits in other mental health disciplines. Please contact your local board for information.

Rebels with a Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques.

7 modules

Students can buy one separate module or the whole course of 7 modules with a bundle discount.

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