Coping power in secondary school

Manage relational difficulties amd promote pro-social behaviour in class

Consuelo Giuli, Iacopo Bertacchi, Ilaria Cipriani

Product: Book

ISBN: 978-88-590-1826-1

Publication date: 01/03/2019

Suitable for: Lower secondary 1st level (ages 10-11), Lower secondary 2nd level (ages 12-13), Upper secondary 1st level (ages 14-16), Upper secondary 2nd level (ages 17-19)


The creation of Coping Power in High School stems from the need to create a prevention and intervention program dealing with the behaviour problems in pre-adolescent students, while favoring prosocial dynamics in the scholastic and extracurricular environments. After a theoretical introduction on the Coping Power School program and its application, the seven modules of which the educational path is composed, a program to be completed throughout the school year, and a series of operational cards and ideas for reflection are presented.  These can be elaborated on in class, individually or in small groups. Each module corresponds to one or more chapters of the illustrated story We are a group (attached), which tells the story of five boys from a high school who decide to create a musical group and attend a school concert. However, the friends will have to face and overcome many difficulties, fears, conflicting emotions and prejudices together. Starting from the reading of the story, the modules address the key issues of the Coping Power School according to this structure:

  • Introductory Module: Creating a group
  • Module 1: Short and long term goals
  • Module 2: Emotional awareness
  • Module 3: Handling emotions with self-control
  • Module 4: Changing points of view (perspective taking)
  • Module 5: Problem solving and saying no
  • Module 6: Being aware of one’s own qualities and those of others.

The program has been elaborated so as to integrate itself into daily didactic activities, with moments of comparison, sharing, and metacognitive reflection on personal experiences organized by the students themselves.


Introduction (John E. Lochman)

The Coping Power School

Guide to the work

The Coping Power program in high school

Introductory module

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Supplies for the teacher

The Coping Power School and didactics

The research

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


This volume proposes a programme to identify strategies and tools for managing the behavioural problems of children aged 2 to 4, in order to encourage the development of the fundamental emotional-relational prerequisites necessary for the transition to kindergarten.

The illustrated story The Dou-Dous and the Hill of Hugs tells the adventures of five puppets who help teachers and children manage small daily difficulties.

The volume comes complete with:

  • Manual 
  • Operational and in-depth worksheets 
  • Booklet The Dous-Dous and the Hill of Hugs

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This 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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This 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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This 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.