Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session adolescents are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization 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. Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 4:30 to 6:00 pm or 6:30 to 8:00pm at UCLA. Group instruction is provided in English. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required.
*Groups begin every 16 weeks, and enrollment is ongoing. Group placement is determined by clinician at intake appointment based on group dynamics. Please call 310-267-3377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the enrollment process.
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 be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumors/gossip, and cyber bullying
How to change a bad reputation
PEERS for Adolescents Treatment Manual: This social skills manual assists teens in making and keeping friends. To learn more about the treatment or to purchase manual, click here.
Parent-Trade Book: Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson’s innovate book, “The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults” provides parents and families with evidence-based tools for building friendships and relationships, and includes a companion DVD. To order the book, click on the link.
Social Skills Role Play Videos:The UCLA PEERS Clinic recently released over 100 social skills role play videos. These videos are excellent resources for teens to learn basic rules of social etiquette. View the videos, here.