PEERS® Social Skills Intervention for Making and Keeping Friends

PEERS® Social Skills Intervention for Making and Keeping Friends

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 14-week, practically-focused, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems.

During each group session, adolescents and young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills. Parents and social coaches are taught how to assist adolescents and young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
  • How to appropriately use humor and assess humor feedback
  • How to start, enter, and exit conversations between peers
  • How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumors/gossip
  • How to develop romantic relationships and use appropriate dating etiquette (Young Adult group only)

**Upcoming groups**

PEERS®  for Adolescents (ages 14-18)
14 sessions
Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
February 28th – June 6th (no group on April 11th)

Pre-requisites:

  • Teen is currently enrolled in and attending high school
  • Teen is having friendship problems
  • Teen must be interested in attending the program
  • Teen must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • Teen must consistently attend group sessions
  • Parent must be willing to participate

To enroll in this group, or for more information, please call (206) 374-0109 or email Dr. Karen Pang at kpang@ebtseattle.com.

The PEERS® team

 

Karen Pang, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Teen Group Leader

 

 

Daniel O’Rourke, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Teen Group Leader

 

 

Susanna Coco, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Parent Group Leader

 

 

Hayley Dauterman, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Parent Group Leader

 

 

PEERS® in the news

People Magazine

Los Angeles Times

UCLA Health