PEERS® for Teens

PeersCAAT PEERS® for Teens is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school and high school who are interested in learning ways to make and keep friends. During group sessions, teens learn important social skills through didactic instruction, live demonstrations by trained coaches, and extensive practice via play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.) while receiving real-time, individualized coaching from our clinical staff.

Parents attend weekly parent sessions, held simultaneously with the client group, where they learn how to assist their teen with making and keeping friends by providing feedback and coaching practiced by weekly socialization homework assignments.                                                    

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to find common interests by trading information
  • How to use humor appropriately
  • How to enter and exit peer conversations
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • 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 deal with peer pressure

How to enroll

The teen program is appropriate for teens ages 13-18. Enrollment is limited. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent/Caregiver participation is required.

Program pre-requisites

  • Have friendship problems
  • Teens in middle school or high school
  • Teens must be interested in attending the program

Application process

  1. Complete the confidential online application.
  2. Upone receiving your application, a member of our staff will call to schedule a brief phone intake with one of our clincians.
  3. After the phone intake, both the teen client and parent/caregiver attend an initial appointment with our clinician and determine if enrollment in the program is appropriate.


Duration:  16 Weeks
Session day & time:  Tuesday Evenings (5:00-6:30 pm)
Location: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, PEERS is currently meeting virtually

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