Children's Friendship Program


This successful 12-week program is designed for children in elementary school (starting end of 1st grade) who have difficulty making and/or keeping friends. During each group session children learn a new skill, practice with group members, receive coaching on their play skills and are given a homework assignment in which they try out their newly learned skill.

*First grade policy: Seven year old first graders are accepted into the program starting April/May of their first grade year.

Enrollment is limited to 11 children per class. Classes are on Wednesday evenings. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent participation is required. Parents attend a concurrent class and will learn how to help their children make and keep friends by using the skills we teach in our program.

Upcoming groups scheduled for:

  • March 27, 2015 - we are now accepting applications.

Your child will learn:

  • Conversational skills
  • How to make a good first impression
  • How to “play detective” to find common interests
  • How to join a group of kids at play
  • How to handle rejection, teasing and bullying
  • How to be a good host on a play date
  • How to be a good winner
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to show respect to adult supervisors

Cynthia G. Whitham, L.C.S.W.
Robert Myatt, Ph.D.
Application process: 
  1. Download, complete and return your enrollment packet (feel free to call our office at 310-825-0142310-825-0142 if you have any questions about the program).
  2. Our staff will call you to confirm we recieved the enrollment materials and schedule an intake appointment.
  3. Come in (parent and child) for a 1-hour intake appointment with one of our clinicians to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your child.
Dates and Availability
12 weeks
Planned Days: 
Planned Terms: 
Year Round
Planned Frequency: 
We run two groups at a time every 3½ months and run throughout the year.
Size Limit: 

Please call our office for information about our current fees. Self pay fees are $75 per week plus a one-time intake fee.

Many insurance companies may cover part of the cost of the program; however we cannot guarantee that our services will be covered by any particular health insurance program. Please call and confirm your own coverage as well as any requirements for pre-authorization. Ask your child's health insurance carrier if they cover "outpatient mental health" services at UCLA.

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