Coping Power in primary school

Dealing with problem behaviour and encouraging relational skills in class

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 21x29,7

Pages: 284 + tale (54)

ISBN: 978-88-590-1062-3

Publication date: 01/03/2016

Suitable for: Primary 1st level (ages 6-7), Primary 2nd level (ages 8-10)


A programme for training youngsters to manage emotions and social relations with the aim of reducing and containing problem behaviour shown by pupils at school, at the same time stimulating prosocial and cooperation skills.
The programme was conceived and designed to fit perfectly into daily teaching practice at primary school, and offers a series of ideas for interdisciplinary connections.
The book, which is the practical companion to Coping Power, is divided into modules which can be used in all five years of primary school.
Starting with the story of Little Barracuda, a fish who is impulsive and «difficult» but at the same time wants to better himself and learn to get along with others, the modules tackle the following topics:
• setting yourself short and long-term goals
• gaining awareness of your own emotions
• modulating and managing your emotions (self-control)
• assuming points of view which are different from your own
• acquiring problem solving skills
• recognising your own and others’ qualities .

The book comes with the colour illustrated Little Barracuda story and a series of worksheets.

- Introduction (John E. Lochman)
- School Coping Power: a universal prevention programme integrated into the curriculum
- Guide to the book
- Programme structure
- School Coping Power Manual
- Worksheets

The book comes with the story of Little Barracuda

Manage anger and improve prosocial behaviours with Coping Power

It is well known that children with high levels of aggressive behavior, hyperactivity and behaviour problems create a serious management problem in the school context and interfere with the development of peer learning. Coping Power was created as a model of intervention and treatment, developed for children and preadolescents with aggression problems and for children with an oppositional defiant disorder or conduct disorder diagnosis. Today, the Coping Power School model consists of a structured course, integrated into daily teaching, which allows children and preadolescents to enhance their emotional-relational and anger management skills while the curriculum objectives are being met.  Today, Coping Power can be applied in disadvantaged contexts, both in group and individual settings, in a school or extra-curricular environment.

The three volumes dedicated to Coping Power offer a starting point for managing relational problems and promoting prosocial behaviours respectively in pre-school, primary school, and secondary school.


The first volume presents the conceptual model, the principles and techniques used in the programme “Coping Power School”, but its components have been modified to be adequate for the development of preschool children, between 3 and 6 years old.

Starting from the story of Ap Apetta, a small rebellious bee who is eager to learn and improve, the book offers working programmes and activities based on cognitive, psychomotor and relational development.

The volume comes complete with:

  • Manual
  • Operational and in-depth worksheets
  • Booklet Ap Apetta and the Journey in Lambretta

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The second volume of Coping Power has been created for concrete use in primary classes.  The programme is structured into two complementary parts designed to be implemented together for the entire duration of the programme.  The first part is dedicated to strengthening and using anger management strategies and more generally, emotional and social skills.  The second part consists of an educational contract agreed upon with the students and based on a token economy system.

These skills are explored starting with the story of Little Barracuda, an impulsive and "difficult" little fish with a great desire to improve and learn how to be comfortable with others.  The didactic activities inspired by the events in the story are based on an active-experiential methodology.

The volume comes complete with:

  • Manual
  • Operational and in-depth worksheets
  • The story of Little Barracuda

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The third volume to come out of the Coping Power programme is a prevention and intervention guide for behaviour problems in pre-adolescent students.  Moreover, this book looks to promote prosocial dynamics in scholastic and non-scholastic settings.    

Through the stories of the protagonists in the accompanying story, We are a group, all the themes of the programme are covered, allowing you to work on the various emotional-relational skills dealt with in the different modules, as well as on building a class group.  The episodes and narrated events have been written in such a way as to allow the teacher to elaborated upon them in class.  The volume comes complete with:

  • Manual
  • Operational and in-depth worksheets
  • The story We are a group

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Iacopo Bertacchi psychologist, psychotherapist, cultural mediator, creator of the Coping Power School programme, along with prof. J. Lochman.

Ilaria Cipriani literature teacher, poet, writer and set designer.

Consuelo Giuli psychologist, psychotherapist, psychomotor and primary school teacher.

Pietro Muratori director of psychology at the IRCCS Stella Maris Foundation (Pisa).

Luca Baldi graphic designer and cartoonist, he manages communication for companies and storyboard illustrations.