What is PEERS®?
PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Social Skills)
PEERS® is a caregiver/social coach-assisted evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated adolescents and young adults who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. This program includes 2 groups that run simultaneously. While the adolescent and/or young adult group is occurring, the caregiver/social coach group is also attending a group. During each group session, the adolescents and young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialization activities.
Topics Discussed in Groups:
PEERS® Adolescent Group (Ages 14-18)
- Addressing Bullying & Rejection
- Hosting & Good Sportsmanship
- Initiating & Maintaining Conversations
- Managing Disagreements
- Successful Get-Togethers with Friends
PEERS® Young Adult Group (Ages 18-30)
- Conflict Resolution
- Conversation Skills
- Dating Etiquette
- Steps for Developing a Friendship
- Strategies for Remaining Socially Connected
Meet our PEERS® Group Facilitators:
Amrita Singh, PsyD
Ashley Ratzlaff, M.S
Alexis Bitting, LMHC, PhD
Diana Acevedo, M.S., CCC-SLP
Elis Rimeris, M.S., RMHI
Isabel Hernandez, M.S.
Julia Martinez, M.S., LMHC
Lexy Jacobs, M.S., RMHI
Veronica Western, M.S., RMHI
Our PEERS® clinical team have all been trained in the Adolescent and Young Adults Program and have completed several successful PEERS® groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Browse our social skills webpage for information on PEERS® programs.
- Contact our staff about specific questions.
- Fill out social skills group registration form (available online).
- Schedule and attend 30-minute consultation with group facilitator.
- Join weekly PEERS® group to learn new social skills while having fun.