PEERS® Intervention for Making and Keeping Friends

PEERS® Intervention for Making and Keeping Friends

Do you have a teen who is interested in being more smooth during social situations? The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 14-week, practical, social skills training intervention for those having a hard time navigating the social scene. It has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and other socioemotional problems.

During each group session, adolescents and young adults are provided steps to help make social situations feel more predictable and are given the opportunity to practice these new skills. Parents and social coaches are involved so they can learn how best to support their adolescents and young adults in making and keeping friends in ways that are developmentally appropriate.

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 4:00 – 5:30
Starting October 3, 2018


  • Teen is currently enrolled in and attending high school
  • Teen is having friendship problems and would like to make more friends
  • Teen must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • Teen must consistently attend group sessions
  • Parent must consistently attend group sessions

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

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


Madeline Johnson, BS

Behavioral Coach


PEERS® in the news

People Magazine

Los Angeles Times

UCLA Health