PEERS® Social Skills Program for Adolescents
Ages 12-17 Years
PEERS® Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 15-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 held in the evening one night per week for 15 weeks. Group instruction is provided in English. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required.
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
Groups are currently offered twice per year beginning in February and September but enrollment is ongoing. Group placement is determined by clinician at intake appointment based on group dynamics. Please call 310-328-3611 ext. 332 or email [email protected] to begin the enrollment process.