Social Skills Program for Teens At Georgia State

The PEERS® Curriculum is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens (ages 14-17), who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. The curriculum is broken down into clearly divided lesson plans with concrete rules and steps, corresponding homework assignments, and fun socialization activities to ensure that teens practice what they’ve learned. Parents are provided handouts that will help assist their teen in making and keeping friends, as well as information about how to support their teen, as they complete their weekly socialization homework assignments. PEERS® may be appropriate for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioral disorders.

The Center for Leadership in Disability, at Georgia State University, has five Certified School-based Providers, all of whom have been trained by the PEERS® clinic at UCLA. The team will be offering a PEERS group this fall. The group will meet weekly and cost $1000 per person.

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming group, please contact Molly Tucker at mtucker17@gsu.edu. She will provide you with information about the intake process, which consists of an application, as well as a video interview with your son or daughter. During the interview, we will be assessing for the teen’s interest in learning how to make and keep friends, as the program relies heavily on self-motivation. The next group will run from September 10-December 17, 2019 and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm.

Teens will learn how to:

  • Use appropriate conversational skills
  • Find common interests by trading information
  • Join a conversation between peers
  • Use appropriate humor
  • Handle rumors and gossip
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation
  • Handle rejection, teasing and bullying

To apply for the group, please complete the following form: PEERS Application.