Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a PEERS Training Seminar to instruct mental health professionals and educators in the implementation of the PEERS intervention. Please see our certified providers page for information about PEERS certified providers in your area.

Currently, our Training Seminars are solely for mental health professionals or educators. If you are currently working with a psychologist or psychiatrist who you feel may be interested in attending the PEERS Training Seminar, please feel free to provide them with our contact information or a link to our training seminar series.

For more information and resources, such as role play videos and manuals, please click here.

The Children's Friendship Program offers social skills programs for children in grades 2-6 as well as parenting programs for parents with children ages 2-12. For more information, please visit their website for more information.
Having one or two close friends is predictive of later adjustment and:
  • Can buffer the impact of stressful life events
  • Correlates positively with self-esteem
  • Increases independence
  • Correlates negatively with depression and anxiety
Unlike other social skills programs, our program
  • Is evidence-based,
  • Includes parents,
  • Teaches ecologically valid social skills, and
  • Tailors teaching methods to shared social skills deficits.
Research shows that parental support, instruction, and supervision all have significant effects upon their child’s friendships. By learning to be effective social coaches, aiding in homework completion, providing opportunities for peer interaction, and giving guidance on interpersonal problem-solving, parents contribute to their children's successful completion of our program, as well as future social successes.
PEERS is not only for people with ASD. PEERS has been found to be effective for people with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Social Phobias, Bipolar Disorder, and OCD.