Rebels with a Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques

Rebels with a Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques

Rebels with a Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques

Rebels with a Cause: Working with Adolescents Using Action Techniques


Rebels with a Cause is a comprehensive guide to working with adolescents using action techniques and dramatherapy. Drawing on years of experience working with adolescents and of training practitioners in the field, Cossa provides a tried-and-tested model for working with adolescents in groups. Utilizing techniques found in psychodrama, sociodrama, dramatherapy and sociometry, Cossa offers step-by-step practical guidelines on running a group development programme and summarizes the supporting theory in easy-to-understand language. He offers advice on facilitating group and personal development, and also on working with particular groups of adolescents, for example those with developmental disabilities or from different cultures. This illuminating and accessible book provides invaluable insight into working successfully - and enjoyably - with adolescent groups. It is essential reading for practicing therapists and anyone working with adolescents in therapeutic settings.


In this book, Mario Cossa has undertaken a selected approach to working with youngsters on the edge. As a certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in psychodrama and group psychotherapy in the mold of J.L. Moreno, Mario has managed to bring together his philosophy, theory and methods in a superb book.

The idea that children and young folk are merely small adults has existed in our western cultures for centuries. It is only fairly recently that it became clear that they needed and deserved a special kind of attention. Psychotherapeutic approaches for working with youth are also of comparatively recent date and require an entirely different process from working with adults.

Of even more recent date are the findings by researchers in neurology who have studied the MRIs taken in youth from 12 years of age up until 25. These researchers have discovered and reported that the prefrontal lobe of the adolescent brain, the site where judgment is found, does not fully develop until the mid-20s.

It is small wonder that we see such evidence daily of struggles with issues of judgment in youth as well as many behavioral difficulties. We used to think that the hormones and their upheaval were partly the reason. Now we have evidence that the combination of physical, hormonal, and neurological changes makes matters far more complex as youth negotiate an increasingly complex world.

Mario Cossa has produced a very fine and complete guide to using action methods effectively and appropriately with adolescent groups. His book opens up new vistas and is a fine guide into this area of work, to which he has been devoted for a long time. It deserves serious appreciation, not only by professional persons, but also by the general reader. It is a cornerstone in the field of psychotherapy as well as a book for anyone who is concerned with the welfare of our younger generation.

Zerka Moreno the Moreno Institute

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