Social Skills Group for Adolescents and Young Adults

Insight Counseling Services is offering PPERS®! I am a certified PEERS® provider and was trained by one of the developers of PEERS® at UCLA. Individuals that complete this program show continued success years after they complete the program. I am excited to share more information about this amazing program with all of you!



PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is an evidence-based, caregiver-assisted social skills intervention for adolescents and young adults with: Autism Specrtum Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and other social and behavioral problems.


PEERS® is a 14 to 16-week program developed for motivated adolescents and young adults with social challenges who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. It was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS® Clinic, and Dr. Fred Frankel. The adolescent and young adult groups are held separately and have some slight differences.


PEERS® for Adolescents

During each group session, adolescents are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate sessions and are taught how to assist their child in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their child’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Parent participation is required.


Adolescents will learn:

♦ How to use appropriate conversational skills

♦ How to be a good host during get-togethers

♦ How to find common interests by trading information

♦ How to make phone calls to friends

♦ How to appropriately use humor

♦ How to choose appropriate friends

♦ How to enter and exit conversations between peers

♦ How to be a good sport

♦ How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying

♦ How to change a bad reputation

♦ How to handle rumors and gossip

♦ How to handle arguments and disagreements


PEERS® for Young Adults

During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Young adults are required to include one caregivers into their treatment. Caregivers will help assist the young adult in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Caregivers do not attend separate sessions, but are required to be involved.


Young Adults will Learn:

♦ How to use appropriate conversational skills

♦ How to be a good host during get-togethers

♦ How to find common interests by trading information

♦ About dating etiquette

♦ How to appropriately use humor

♦ How to choose appropriate friends

♦ How to enter and exit conversations between peers

♦ How to use electronic communication appropriately

♦ How to handle rejection, direct and indirect bullying

♦ How to handle arguments and disagreements

♦ How to handle rumors and gossip


More Information below:

http://www.latimes.com/science/great-reads/la-sci-c1-autism-relationships-class-20151012-story.html


https://www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/news/peers-long-term-follow-study-published

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