Recommended for Ages: 12-19 years old.
PEERS® stands for Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills. This is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends.
During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities.
Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Topics of Instruction:
- 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 with 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 phone calls to friends
- How to choose appropriate friends
- How to be a good sport
- How to handle arguments and disagreements
- How to change a bad reputation
What are the participation requirements?
- Have friendship problems
- Teens in middle school or high school
- Teens interested in the attending the program
- Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily