Rebels with a Cause – Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques

Mario brings decades of experience working in many capacities with adolescents to this training workshop which has been offered around the globe. The training focuses on many of the principles presented in his book (with the same title; London: 2006; Jessica Kingsley Press).

Format: This workshop consists of didactic presentations, experiential activities, and discussions/ processing. Depending on the participants and amount of time available, the workshop can include opportunities to practice directing action strategies.

Participants: This workshop can be tailored to accommodate the needs of various participant groups, whether educators, guidance counselors, youth-group facilitators, and/ or therapists. The more homogeneous the participants, the more specifically focused the workshop. Psychodrama or drama therapy experience is not required, although a workshop can be designed specifically for psychodramatists and/or drama therapists.

Outcomes – Participants will be able to:

  • describe developmental, educational, and therapeutic considerations specific to adolescent populations;
  • explain activities appropriate to various stages of class/ group development;
  • list elements that contribute to participant safety and participation in an adolescent group;
  • facilitate activities that support the group and its members at various stages of development; and
  • list ways to incorporate learning from this training into their own work/ professional settings.

Logistics: Each day of this workshop has 6-7 hours of workshop time that includes a lunch break. Start and end times are negotiable. Space needs include a room that is large enough to accommodate the people involved that has movable chairs with tables off to the side. We also need a blackboard or whiteboard and appropriate chalk/ markers. Art materials may be incorporated into the activities (optional but not essential.)