MN PEERS

Helping teens & young adults 

make and keep friends

PEERS  for Young Adults
PEERS  for Young Adults (Ages 19-29) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning ways to help make and keep friends. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and practice these skills in session while receiving individualized coaching from a team of clinical staff and peer social coaches.

Parent/caregiver participation is a crucial component of the PEERS program.  Parents/caregivers will be taught to be effective social coaches, aid in homework completion, support opportunities for peer interaction, and give guidance on interpersonal problem-solving. This will contribute to their young adult’s ability to develop and sustain lasting friendships. Parent/caregiver groups run concurrent with young adult groups at the same time and location. Parents/caregivers must attend every session.


Topics of Instruction :

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to find common interests by trading information
  • How to appropriately use humor
  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to deal with peer pressure
  • Dating skills 


Pre-requisites for Young Adults :

Between the ages of 19 – 35
Struggles with friendships
Can successfully learn in a small group environment
Be able to speak in sentences
Motivated to participate in the program
Committed to regular attendance here.

PEERS for Teens
PEERS® was developed at UCLA by Dr. Liz Laugeson. It was developed for Teens, and is a 16 week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated high school students who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught important social skills through instruction, live demonstrations by trained coaches, and extensive practice of these skills while receiving individualized coaching from our clinical staff.

Parents attend weekly parent sessions where they are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.


Click to see a video overview of the PEERS program.

Topics of Instruction :

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to find common interests by trading information
  • How to appropriately use humor
  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to handle cyber bullying
  • How to make phone calls or text to plan a get together 
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to change a bad reputation
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to deal with peer pressure


Pre-requisites for Teens :
Between the ages of 13-18 in middle or high school
Struggles with friendships
Can successfully learn in a small group environment
Be able to speak in sentences
Motivated to participate in the program
Committed to regular attendanc here.