Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Resources

In order to make the PEERS intervention available to families outside of the Los Angeles area, we have created a specialized PEERS Training Seminar. The PEERS Training Seminar is solely for mental health professionals and educators who are interested in learning and/or implementing the PEERS intervention and research in their clinical practice or school setting. The PEERS Training Seminar is held at UCLA several times per year and may also be held off-site – any organization is welcome to contact us about coordinating a PEERS Training Seminar near them. If you are currently working with a therapist in your area, you may want to let them know that they can become a Certified PEERS Provider by attending one of these trainings. Please see our website for additional information: www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/training. Additionally, please see our certified providers page for information about PEERS certified providers in your area.

Currently, the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) is conducted by Certified PEERS Providers who have been trained through UCLA'S PEERS Training Seminar. A list of Certified PEERS Providers is available on our website at www.semel.ucla.edu/peers/certified-providers.

Currently, our Training Seminars are solely for mental health professionals or educators. If you are currently working with a psychologist or psychiatrist who you feel may be interested in attending the PEERS Training Seminar, please feel free to provide them with our contact information or a link to our training seminar series. For more information and resources, such as role play videos and manuals, please click here.

Additionally, PEERS now offers PEERS Bootcamps. For more information, please go to our training tab for PEERS Bootcamps.

The Children's Friendship Program offers social skills programs for children in grades 2-6 as well as parenting programs for parents with children ages 2-12. For more information, please visit their website for more information.



Groups
Having one or two close friends is predictive of later adjustment and:
  • Can buffer the impact of stressful life events
  • Correlates positively with self-esteem
  • Increases independence
  • Correlates negatively with depression and anxiety
Unlike other social skills programs, our program
  • Is evidence-based,
  • Includes parents,
  • Teaches ecologically valid social skills, and
  • Tailors teaching methods to shared social skills deficits.
  • PEERS for Preschoolers: ages 4-6
  • PEERS for Adolescents: ages 11-17
  • PEERS for Young Adults: ages 18–35

Yes! All of our clinical groups require a parent or a social coach. If you have any questions, please contact us directly!

Research shows that parental support, instruction, and supervision all have significant effects upon their child’s friendships. By learning to be effective social coaches, aiding in homework completion, providing opportunities for peer interaction, and giving guidance on interpersonal problem-solving, parents contribute to their children's successful completion of our program, as well as future social successes.

To enroll in our groups, please email or call our clinic. Please leave your name, phone number, age of potential participant, and the best times to reach you!

To get the most benefit out of the program, we recommend that you are able to commit to the full 16-week program.

Please contact us for specific start dates for our clinical groups!

PEERS is not only for people with ASD. PEERS has been found to be effective for people with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Social Phobias, Bipolar Disorder, and OCD. Please take a look at the research tab for more background on PEERS!

We are able to accept most forms of insurance, except Medical/Medicare.

The UCLA PEERS Clinic is not vendored through the regional center.



Trainings

Please fill out a registration form under the “Training” tab and send it to our email! We will then send you payment information.

In order to receive certification to be considered a PEERS® Certified Provider, attendees must be a professional or graduate student in the mental health professional, medical, or education field with the following minimum level of training:

  • A degree in the field of psychology or a related mental health field, including, but not limited to: B.C.B.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W., S.L.P., M.A., M.S., M.F.T., M.D., R.N., L.V.N., Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D., M.P.H.
  • Graduate students in a mental health, medical, or education related field pursuing a master’s degree or higher.
  • Teachers with teaching credentials or students pursuing a teaching credential.

Yes! Organizations in the community reach out to us at the UCLA PEERS clinic to host a training in their area. It is up to the organization whether or not these trainings are open to the public or closed to members within their organization. If you would like up to date news on off-site trainings in your area, please follow us on our Facebook! If you would like to host your own PEERS Training Seminar, please contact us directly!

We currently only offer training seminars and have a published manual for the PEERS for Adolescents & PEERS for Young Adults programs. We do hope to have a manual published for the Preschool program and at that time we will begin to schedule training seminars for that curriculum.

Unfortunately, we don’t conduct online certified trainings. You would have to attend a 3-day certified training in order to become certified in the intervention. However, we have webinars you can view online and we have manuals available for purchase on Amazon, and anyone is welcome to implement the program using the manual.

No! After completion of the PEERS training seminars, those with the appropriate credentials will be considered a PEERS Certified Provider. PEERS does not have a train-the-trainer model.

Yes, anyone is free to run PEERS groups with the purchase of a manual. However, they will NOT be considered a PEERS certified provider.



PEERS Boot Camps

PEERS Boot Camps are open to all including teens, young adults, parents, and professionals.

If your child is under the age of 18, they must attend with an adult.

Boot Camps are held at the UCLA SEMEL Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Los Angeles.



RESEARCH & LAB

If you are interested in becoming a research assistant at the UCLA PEERS Clinic, please send your CV and a cover letter to our email!