PEERS for Careers

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

An estimated 80 percent of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unemployed. The UCLA College to Career Transition Program is an innovative offering for undergraduate and graduate students with ASD or suspected ASD who are interested in acquiring job-related, social, and practical skills for a successful transition from educational to employment settings. The program teaches students necessary skills for obtaining and maintaining a job and provides an internship experience to practice learned skills. The program creates a scalable solution to employment barriers faced by individuals with ASD and serves as a model of higher education training for colleges across the country.

The College to Career Program is housed within the world-renowned Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), which provides evidence-based social skills treatment to preschoolers, adolescents, and young adults with ASD, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.

The skills covered in the program will include:

  • Choosing a career
  • Creating a resume
  • Finding and applying for employment
  • Electronic communication
  • Understanding/navigating the workplace culture
  • Interviewing etiquette
  • Conversational skills
  • Entering and exiting group conversations
  • Humor in the workplace
  • Stress management/executive functioning skills
  • Conflict resolution

Program Directors:

Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.

Founder and Director, UCLA PEERS ® Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Amanda Gulsrud, Ph.D.

Clinical Director, UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

This pioneering program is made possible by the support of our philanthropic partners, including Northwestern Mutual, and is currently complimentary to qualified students.

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