PEERS® or the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, is a social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults. This program, developed by Elizabeth Laugeson at UCLA , has a strong evidence base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but it is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems. Recent research has demonstrated that gains made over the course of this program are maintained 3-5 years later (Laugeson et al., 2013).
PEERS® is unique and unlike other Social Skills Programs in that it:
Specially Designed for Kids Who:
Parental participation is a key component of our PEERS® program. Research shows that parental support, instruction, and supervision significantly benefit the development of 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 adolescent’s or young adult’s ability to develop and sustain lasting friendships. This parental social coaching also helps ensure that these new skills are retained after the program is over. Parent groups run concurrent with teen/young adult groups at the same time and location.
Duration: 16 weeks
Planned Frequency: Weeknight Session 6:00 to 7:30
New and Updated Young Adult Program is Now Offered!
Starting the 2018 year, a 16 week young adult program will be offering the updated curriculum recently published by the PEERS clinic at UCLA. It will now include four sessions on dating etiquette:
This will be an addition to many of the topics listed above.
(Group fees are typically eligible for insurance reimbursement under procedure code: 90853)
For more information on PEERS®: UCLA PEERS Website
What You Will Learn
Call our office at 303-335-0841 to complete a free 15-minute phone screen with a member of our staff.
Craig McCullough, LPC