PEERS® for Young Adults

Overview

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for Young Adults (Ages 18-35) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.

*Young adults must attend each session with a social coach (i.e., parent, family member, adult sibling, life coach, job coach, peer mentor, etc.). Social coaches are taught how to assist young adults in making and keeping friends by providing feedback during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Enrollment is limited. Classes are on Monday evenings from 4:30 to 6:00 pm or 6:30 to 8:00pm. Group instruction is provided in English. Regular attendance is imperative. Social coach participation is required.

*Groups begin every 16 weeks, and enrollment is ongoing. Please call 310-267-3377 or email peersclinic@ucla.edu 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 develop romantic relationships and use appropriate dating etiquette
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumors/gossip


PEERS for Young Adults Manual: Dr. Laugeson’s newest book, “PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges” presents the first evidence-based group treatment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders and social challenges. To order the book, click on the link.

Parent-Trade BookDr. 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 videos. These videos are excellent resources for teens to learn basic rules of social etiquette. View the videos, here

UCLA PEERS® Facebook Page - more information on the UCLA PEERS® Clinic can be found at www.facebook.com/uclapeers.

Application

Pre-requisites:

  • Have friendship problems
  • Young adults ages 18-35 years old; graduated from high school
  • Young adults must be interested in attending the program
  • Young adults must consistently attend the program
  • Young adults must agree to participate voluntarily in the program 
  • Young adults must have a consistent social coach willing to attend the program each week

Application process:

  1. Call our office at 310-267-3377 to complete a brief phone screen with a member of our staff, and subsequently receive an enrollment packet.
  2. Complete and return your enrollment packet.
  3. Come to UCLA (young adult and social coach) for a 1.5-hour intake appointment with one of our clinicians to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your young adult.

PEERS for Young Adults flyer.pdf

Dates and Availability

Duration: 16 weeks

Planned Days: Monday

Planned Terms: Year Round

Planned Frequency: Monday evenings: 4:30 to 6:00 pm or 6:30 to 8:00pm

Venue
Cost

Please call our office for information about our current fees.

The initial intake appointment is $560 if using insurance. If your insurance company does not cover our program, we offer a reduced self-pay fee of $280 for the intake appointment (50% discount).

The full fee for group sessions is $260 per week (including both parent and YA groups) if using insurance, or $130 per week for self-pay (50% discount).

Last updated: August 24, 2017 - 10:16