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PEERS Program

PEERS is an evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school who are interested in making and keeping friends and/or handling conflict and rejection. Teens and parents attend 16-weekly group sessions for 90 minutes per week. Teens are taught social skills through didactic lessons and role-play demonstrations and practice these skills during group socialization activities. Parents attend separate virtual sessions simultaneously and are taught how to assist their teen in making and keeping friends. Parent participation is required.


Teens will learn to develop,​

  • Developing and Maintaining Friendships

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills

  • 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

  • How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends

  • How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, and rumors/gossip

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