PEERS® Clinic at Georgia State University Social Skills Intervention

The PEERS® Curriculum is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated individuals, 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. PEERS® may be appropriate for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social and behavioral disorders.

The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD), at Georgia State University (GSU), has nine Certified Providers, all of whom have been trained by the PEERS® clinic at UCLA. Our team is available to provide training in multiple areas in Georgia. As sessions become available, this site will be updated with times, dates, and locations.

Please note, these programs require an application. If interested, you will be provided with information about our intake process, which consists of an application, as well as a video interview. During the interview, we will be assessing for the individual’s interest in learning how to make and keep friends, as the program relies heavily on self-motivation.

Georgia State will provide training for teens (14-17) as well as young adults (18-26). The programs are very similar in content. The primary difference is that the young adult curriculum includes information pertaining to dating and relationships. group of teens sitting and socializing

Our team can provide the following services:

  • On-campus and virtual PEERS groups for teens and young adults
  • Community groups for teens and young adults
  • PEERS groups within your school district
  • Staff training on how to facilitate the PEERS curriculum
  • Individualized web sessions via video conferencing

If interested in any of the above services,
please contact Molly Tucker for more information.

Individualized Web Sessions (9-26)

Individual sessions are available to individuals ages 9-26. For individuals ages 9-13, we will use the teen curriculum and make modifications based on the individual’s age and maturity level. The Individualized PEERS Sessions will be conducted via video conference call with a PEERS Certified provider.

Each session will be an hour in length and cover one of the topics within the PEERS curriculum. Individualized sessions can range from just one to all sixteen topics. This will be decided between you and your provider during your initial session. While the curriculum consists of 16 topics, there is not a limit on the number of sessions available to an individual. Each session will cost $100. Please complete the application below and a provider will be in contact with you.

Individual Session Application: https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_daOgtpSz0mkm0rb

Teen Curriculum (14-17)

The PEERS® (Teen) 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.

Session 1– Introduction and Trading Information

Session 2– Two-Way Conversation

Session 3– Electronic Communication

Session 4– Choosing Appropriate Friends

Session 5– Appropriate Use of Humor

Session 6– Starting and Joining Conversations

Session 7– Exiting Conversations

Session 8– Good Sportsmanship

Session 9– Get-Togethers

Session 10– Handling Arguments

Session 11– Changing Reputations

Session 12– Handling Teasing and Embarrassing Feedback

Session 13– Handling Physical Bullying

Session 14– Handling Cyber Bullying

Session 15– Minimizing Rumors and Gossip

Session 16– Final Review, Post-Test Assessment and Graduation

Young Adult Curriculum (18-26)

The PEERS® for Young Adults (Ages 18-26) is a 16-session evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.

Session 1– Trading Information and Starting Conversations

Session 2– Trading Information and Maintaining Conversations

Session 3– Finding a Source of Friends

Session 4– Electronic Communication

Session 5– Appropriate Use of Humor

Session 6– Entering Group Conversations

Session 7– Exiting Conversations

Session 8– Get-Togethers

Session 9– Dating Etiquette: Letting Someone Know You Like Them

Session 10– Dating Etiquette: Asking Someone on a Date

Session 11– Dating Etiquette: Going on Dates

Session 12– Dating Etiquette: Dating Do’s and Don’ts

Session 13– Handling Disagreements

Session 14– Handling Direct Bullying

Session 15– Handling Indirect Bullying

Session 16– Moving Forward and Graduation

Current and Future Groups

This will be updated as new groups become available.

TEEN
Date Time Location Age Cost

August 18-December 8, 2020

(We will not meet on November 24, 2020)

Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 pm Online group through Zoom Teens (14-17)

$750/per person for 16 sessions*

 

 

YOUNG ADULT
Date Time Location Age Cost

August 27-December 17, 2020

(We will not meet on November 26, 2020)

Thursdays from 3:00-5:00 pm Online group through Zoom Young Adults (18-26)

$750/per person for 16 sessions*

 

*The PEERS Clinic at Georgia State University understands that families may be experiencing financial hardship at this time. If you are interested in the program, but have financial constraints or concerns, please contact Molly Tucker, at mtucker17@gsu.edu, to discuss possible payment options.

 

Application Link (Teen): https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4tbJcOg7nfLp4x

Application Link (Young Adult): https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3t9wgF6fGVnKg7j

PEERS Camp

PEERS CAMP
Date Time Location Age Cost
TBD 10 am-12 pm daily Zoom 9-12 years old $200/per person

PEERS Camp Application: https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dXeSo2J29zH9gF

Application Guidelines

Please note, this program does require an application.

If interested, you will be provided with information about our 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.

Submitting an application does NOT guarantee acceptance into the program.

Application Link (Teen): https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a4tbJcOg7nfLp4x

Application Link (Young Adult): https://gsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3t9wgF6fGVnKg7j

Funding Opportunities

Participants can utilize their Family Support Services to pay for PEERS® under the category of Social/Recreational Activities. More information about how to apply for Family Support Services is available at https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/family-support-services. If you already receive services, your provider agency will need to contact Molly Tucker, in order to create a vendor profile for our organization within their system. Molly can be contacted at mtucker17@gsu.edu.

Bring PEERS® to your District!

Interested in offering PEERS® in your district? We’re here to help!

Option One – Staff Training:
The CLD can train members of your staff on the PEERS curriculum. They will train you on how to facilitate the school-based curriculum with your middle- and high-school students. The training will:

  • Prepare participants to facilitate the PEERS curriculum as a small group Tier-2 intervention within their schools or districts
  • Outline the 16 topic areas included in the PEERS curriculum
  • Teach behavior management techniques
  • Review intake and assessment procedures
  • Additional technical assistance sessions are available

The training will be interactive and led by a PEERS-certified provider. Each training is two days in length and will include manuals for all participants.

Option Two – CLD-led Groups at your School:
The CLD can facilitate the full 16-session curriculum within your school or district through a contract agreement. This agreement will include everything necessary to fully execute the program. The CLD requires that an individual from your school or district be present at all sessions, in order to learn the curriculum and administrative procedures.

For more information about contracts and training prices, please contact Molly at mtucker17@gsu.edu.

Meet the PEERS® Team!

Molly Tucker Emily Graybill Gereen Francis Kathy Harlan Raynell Washington
Spenser Norris Cara Davis Taelor Moran Ramatu Muhammad