Gameplan PEERS Program 2021

OVERVIEW

PEERS for Adolescents is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention program for motivated teens in high school who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. This internationally acclaimed program, used in over 35 countries, was originally developed at UCLA by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialisation activities. Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialisation homework assignments. PEERS may be appropriate for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression or other social behavioural disorders.  

KEY FOCUS AREAS 

Teens will learn how to: 

·        Use appropriate conversational skills 

·        Use humour appropriately 

·        Use electronic communication 

·        Enter and exit conversations 

·        Be a good host during get-togethers 

·        Be a good sport 

·        Handle arguments and disagreements 

·        Change a bad reputation 

·        Handle rumours and gossip 

·        Handle rejection, teasing and bullying 

Parents will learn how to: 

·        More effectively support your teen’s efforts at finding suitable friends 

·        More effectively support your teen’s ability to make new acquaintances and develop close friendships 

·        Foster your teen’s independence with his or her social relationships. 

WHEN 

Tuesdays at 5:00pm-6:30pm beginning at the end of April and running through to August 2021.

Please note: No sessions during the school holidays.    

WHERE  

All sessions will be delivered online. 

HOW LONG 

90-minutes intervention session for adolescents and 90-minute social skills training sessions for parents running concurrently in separate online meetings.  

FEEDBACK 

Parent participation is required. Parents will become their teen’s social coach and will participate in a session each week. Parents will receive written and verbal feedback after each session, handouts which cover the key concepts each week, and at the end of the program a summary report outlining progress towards goals and further recommendations.  

OUR EVIDENCE-BASED CURRICULUM  

PEERS ® for Adolescents 

PRE-PROGRAM ASSESSMENT 

Each participant will require a pre-program assessment session of 60 minutes. This is at no additional cost.  

CONSULTANTS 

Gameplan’s Speech Pathologists Nicole Whyte and Miranda Lake will be delivering the PEERS Virtual Clinic in 2020. They will be supported by Speech Pathology students. 

FEES 

PEERS Term Program Subscription = $2,592.00 per term (includes 2 participants: adolescent and parent) 

FUNDING AND REBATE OPTIONS 

Medicare, NDIS and health insurance 

For enrolment information, please contact Gameplan on (03) 9417 3099 or email nicole@gameplanhq.com.au 

For more information, please visit our website at: https://www.gameplanhq.com.au/social-skills-peers