PEERS: Social Skills Training for the Modern Era

PEERS Social Skills training Program at west coast centre for learning

PEERS, The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, is an  evidence-based social skills training program, for young adults age 18-30 who are interested in making and keeping friends and / or developing romantic relationships. Developed by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson at UCLA, this program enjoys global recognition, implemented in over 35 countries.  

Research has shown that young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as ADHD, anxiety, depression, and socio-emotional problems have made positive progress from the PEERS program.

How is the PEERS Program Structured?

peers social skills programs for Teens and Young Adults: ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities & More

Young adults and social coaches (including parents or other caregivers) attend weekly group sessions. Young adults are taught social skills through instructional lessons and role play demonstrations and practice the skills during group socialization activities. Coaches are taught how to support young adults in making and keeping friends as well as exploring romantic relationships if interested.

Note: coaches are only required for the last 15 minutes of each session.

Requirements for the PEERS for Young Adults Program

peers social skills programs for Teens and Young Adults: ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities & More

To participate in this program, young adults must be:

  • Experiencing friendship problems
  • Be ages 18-30 years old; graduated from high school
  • Must be interested in attending the program
  • Must consistently attend the program
  • Need to agree to participate voluntarily in the program
  • Have a consistent social coach willing to attend the program each week

Young Adults will learn about
  • Developing and maintaining friendships
  • Conversational Skills
  • Entering & exiting conversations
  • Appropriate use of humour
  • Electronic communication
  • Dating skills
  • Organizing get-togethers
  • Handling direct and indirect bullying
  • Handling disagreements
  • Handling dating pressure

PEERS Social Skills training Program at west coast centre for learning

Need help with dating? We can help! PEERS for Young Adults includes Dating Bootcamp. See the breakdown HERE.

Our Upcoming PEERS Programs

Fall 2024 (Online - Evening)
Cost $1695
Duration 14 sessions
Dates Thursdays October 17 - January 30*
              (no classes Oct 31 & Dec 26)
Time 7pm to 8:30pm
Location Online
Ages Grades 18 - 30 Years

Looking for in Person Classes? Please fill in the expression of interest form below if you would like to attend in person classes.

How can I apply to participate?

Fill out the registration form to secure your spot, as enrollment is limited. Our program, conducted entirely in English, emphasizes the importance of regular attendance for maximum benefit. Participation of a social coach is essential for a comprehensive learning experience. Shortly after registration, a team member will contact you to provide further details and guide you through the next steps. Please call 778.839.5515 or email for more information.

If you’re interested in enrolling your teen, please complete the expression of interest. Once we generate enough participants you will be contacted.

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Health and Safety Measures (In Person)

We prioritize the health and safety of our community. If you're experiencing any symptoms, however mild, we urge you to stay home for everyone's well-being.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

We thoughtfully place your child in the ideal group to ensure they thrive. Our meticulous planning aims to foster positive group dynamics, crucial for the collective success. Please consider your family's ability to commit before enrolling, as cancellations impact the entire group.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 30 days prior to the start of the program and a full refund will be issued. Cancellation requests with less than 30 calendar days notice will be subject to payment of the full program fees. In some cases, we will, at the discretion of the Centre, allow a participant to transfer to a future class; however no refund will be issued.