PEERS® for Adolescents


Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 14-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle school or high school who are interested in learning ways to help them 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 real play activities (e.g. playing sports, board games, etc.).

Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.

Enrollment is limited. Classes are on Wednesday evenings at UCLA; group instruction is provided in English. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required.

*The next round of PEERS for Teens starts Wednesday, November 4, 2015, and spaces are still available! Please call 310-267-3377 or email to begin the enrollment process.

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 between 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

Parent-Trade BookDr. Elizabeth Laugeson’s innovate book, “The Science of Making Friends: Helping Socially Challenged Teens and Young Adults” provides parents and families with evidence-based tools for building friendships and relationships, and includes a companion DVD. To order the book, click on the link.

UCLA PEERS Facebook Page - more information on the UCLA PEERS Clinic can be found at


What are the participation requirements?

  • Have friendship problems
  • Teens in middle school or high school
  • Teens must be interested in attending the program. 
  • Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
Application process: 
  1. Call our office at 310-267-3377 to complete a 15-minute phone screen with a member of our staff, and subsequently receive an enrollment packet.
  2. Complete and return your enrollment packet
  3. Come in (parent and child) for a 1.5-hour intake appointment with one of our clinicians to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your child.
Dates and Availability
14 weeks
Planned Days: 
Planned Terms: 
Year Round
Planned Frequency: 
Wednesday sessions: 4.30pm - 6.00pm; 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Please call our office for information about our current fees. Self pay fees are $100 per week plus a one-time intake fee. Many insurance companies may cover part of the cost of the program.

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