Overview

The UCLA Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) is a manualized, social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.

PEERS is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during real play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.).

Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Enrollment is limited. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required.

Topics of Discussion

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to nd common interests by trading information
  • How to appropriately use humor
  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to handle rumors and gossip
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to make phone calls to friends
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to change a bad reputation

Pre-requisites

  • Have friendship problems
  • Teens in middle school or high school
  • Teens must be interested in the attending program
  • Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily

Application Process

  • Call our office at 800-BHW-1266 to complete a 15-minute phone screen with a member of our staff.
  • Complete and return your enrollment packet
  • Come in (parent and child) for a 1-hour intake appointment with one of our clinicians to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your child.

Dates & Availability

  • Groups Starts: Sept, Jan, & April
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Planned Terms: Year Round
  • Planned Frequency: Weeknight Session 4:30-6:00pm, 6:30-8:00pm