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:

  • Is evidence-based
  • Includes parents
  • Teaches ecologically valid social skills
  • Tailors teaching methods to shared social skills deficits

Specially Designed for Kids Who:

  • Want to make friends more easily
  • Want to interact with the real world and not just electronics
  • Are intelligent, creative, but seem to miss connecting with peers
  • May be easily led to negative behaviors to get attention or feel accepted
  • Are well meaning, but sometimes awkward

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:

  • Letting someone know you like them
  • Asking someone on a date
  • Going on dates
  • ​Dating do's and don'ts

This will be an addition to many of the topics listed above.

(Group fees are typically eligible for insurance reimbursement under procedure code: 90853)


  • Have friendship problems
  • Teens in middle school or high school
  • Teens must be interested in the attending program
  • Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • Application Process

For more information on PEERS®: UCLA PEERS Website

​​​​What You Will Learn

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills

  • How to find common interests by trading information

  • How to appropriately use humor

  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers

  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying

  • How to handle rumors and gossip

  • How to be a good host during get togethers

  • How to make a phone calls and navigating other electronic communication with friends

  • How to choose appropriate friends

  • How to be a good sport

  • How to handle arguments and disagreements

  • How to change a bad reputation

Call our office at 303-335-0841 to complete a free 15-minute phone screen with a member of our staff.

PEERS® Denver

Craig McCullough, LPC