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Making and Keeping Friends and/or Managing Conflict and Rejection. 

PEERS® for Adolescents

PEERS® for Adolescents is an evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in middle and high school (13-18) interested in the goal of “Making and Keeping Friends and/or Managing Conflict and Rejection.” Most children who attend have one or more of the following:
  • Social/behavioral challenges
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • ADHD
  • Social pragmatic communication disorder

How it Works

Developing Social Skills

attend 16-weekly group sessions for 90 minutes per week:

Teens (in one group) are taught social skills through didactic lessons and role-play demonstrations; they practice these skills during group socialization activities.

Parents (in another group) attend sessions simultaneously and are taught how to provide the right support to their teens in making and keeping friends. Parent participation is required.

A minimum of 7 participants is required, with a maximum of 10.

Building Healthy Friendships

  • Developing and maintaining friendships
  • Managing conflict

Communication & Conversation

  • Conversational skills

  • Entering and exiting conversations

  • Electronic communication

  • Using humor appropriately

Conflict resolution

  • Being a “good sport”
  • Handling disagreements
  • Handling teasing and bullying

Nurturing Friendships

  • Organizing get-togethers
  • Encouragement, loyalty and trust

How can I apply?

Contact our office at 800.317.8010 x1 or email us: to complete a brief phone screen with a member of our staff, and receive an enrollment packet.

Complete and return your enrollment packet.

Schedule an up to 1.5-hour intake appointment with one of our clinicians to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your teen.

When do groups meet?

Days: Wednesdays

Terms: 16 weeks

Frequency: Session start at: 4:30 to 6:00 pm


Where do groups take place?

CBTI of Southern California, Newport Beach, CA

Complete the PEERs Interest Form

Please fill out the form below to schedule a brief phone screening and informational call to see if our program is a good fit for your teen. Rest assured, your information will always remain private.

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