Does your teen want to learn how to make and keep friends? Then the PEERS program is for you!
PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 14-week evidence-based social skill intervention program split into two blocks. During each group session, teens are taught the social skills required for making friends and given a chance to practice these skills.
During PEERS, parents/carers are taught how to assist their kids in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during the practice tasks throughout the week.
The topics teens will learn about include:
- How to use appropriate conversational skills
- How to choose appropriate friends
- How to appropriately use electronic forms of communication
- How to appropriately use humour and assess humour feedback
- How to start, enter and exit conversations between peers
- How to organize successful get-togethers with friends
- How to be a good sport when playing games/sports with friends
- How to handle arguments and disagreements with friends and in relationships
- How to handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip, and cyberbullying
- How to change a bad reputation
Parent/carer and teen sessions are held at the same time but in different rooms. On the days with only a teen session, parents are not required to stay.
This group is appropriate for any teen who wants to learn how to make and keep friends.
A 30 min individual initial assessment is required before participating in the group.
The group is run over 14 sessions, 8 of which parents/carers are required to attend.
Each group session lasts 90 mins.
Phone: 1300 668 482