PEERS® Social Skills

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)

Teens 7th-12th Grade  Adults 18-30+

What is PEERS?

PEERS® is an evidence-based social skills program developed by UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. It was created for teens and young adults who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. PEERS® includes the unique component of “Parent as Social Coach”. Parents, or significant others, attend separate, concurrent sessions, and are taught how to be a social coach for their teen or adult. Parents then assist outside of session, and provide feedback during the weekly group meetings.

Who can benefit from PEERS?

PEERS is helpful for anyone with social struggles, including individuals with ASD, ADD, Anxiety, Depression, Social Phobias, Bipolar Disorder, and OCD.

What skills are taught in PEERS?

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to find common interests
  • How to use humor appropriately
  • 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 choose appropriate friends
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to change a bad reputation
  • Dating etiquette

PEERS groups meet once per week for 14-16 weeks beginning in August. Teen/Adult group runs concurrently with the Parent/Significant Other group. Individual PEERS® Sessions available NOW!

  • Facilitated by Cheryl Checkers, M.S., RMHCI, UCLA Certified PEERS® Clinician, and
  • Cheryl Kenney, B.A., M.Ed.

For more information on scheduling call Jupiter Counseling at (561) 575-0575

To learn more about PEERS® visit UCLA Peers® Social Skills Training Clinic