"I didn't think it would work, but by the end, this was the best thing I have ever done. I liked going every week and was sad for it to be over." ~ Teen from Stillwater, MN
"I quit hockey because I hated the locker room. This program helped me figure out that bantering is not my thing, but it happens in locker rooms. I know how to handle it now." Teen from South Dakota
"I was kicked out of my school. After PEERS, my principal said I could come back. I didn't go because I started a new school with a new reputation." Teen from Cottage Grove, MN.
Call today for more information. We are beginning intakes for Summer 2023.
2023 Conversation Boot Camp June 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th from 6-8 pm. We will meet 1900 Lake Valentine Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112.
2023 Friendship & Bully Proofing Boot Camp. July 11th, 13th, 18th, and 20th from 6-8 pm. We will meet at 1900 Lake Valentine Road, Arden Hills, MN 55112.
12-16-year-old group and a 16-21-year-old group. Depending on maturity and personality, ages may vary between groups.
Camp tuition for each camp is 500.00. Unfortunately, we will not be able to take insurance for these camps. 10% discount if enrolled in 2 camps.
Between the ages of 12 – 21 * Struggles with friendships * Is emotionally and behaviorally regulated* Be able to speak in sentences * Motivated to participate in the program * Committed to regular attendance. NOTE: Our groups are typically determined by age.
Between the ages of 18-35 * graduated from high school * Struggles with friendships * Is emotionally and behaviorally regulated* Be able to speak in sentences *Must be interested in attending the program and participate voluntarily *Must consistently attend the program *Must have a consistent social coach willing to attend the program each week (Parent, Sibling, PCA, etc.).
PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is an evidence-based social skills intervention workshop for motivated middle school, high school teens, & young adults interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each session, teens & young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in each session during socialization activities. Parents & caregivers attend separate virtual sessions and are taught how to assist their teens or young adult in making and keeping friends. They do this by helping to expand their social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Enrollment is limited to 8. Parent or caregiver participation is required.
During each session, teens/young adults will be taught important social skills by presenting concrete rules and steps of social behavior. Each participant is given the opportunity to practice these skills in the session during socialization activities. In a separate session, parents and caregivers are taught how to assist in the process of making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
How can I apply to participate?
Summer Boot Camps:
Contact our office at 612-308-6132 or email us to complete a 15-minute phone screen with a member of our staff and subsequently receive an enrollment packet/forms to complete prior to Camp.
▪ 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
Young Adults: includes Dating Skills
During each 60-minute group session, participants will be taught important social skills by presenting concrete rules and steps of social behavior. Each participant is given the opportunity to practice these skills in the session during socialization activities. In a separate session, parents/caregivers are taught how to assist their teen/young adult in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Enrollment is limited. Group instruction is provided in English. Regular attendance is imperative. Parent-Care Giver participation is required.
Groups begin every 14-16 weeks, and enrollment is ongoing. The clinician determines group placement at intake appointments based on group dynamics.
"Before this group, my teen would not have felt comfortable meeting new peers and inviting them over for get-togethers. He really latched onto the "trading information" technique as something that made sense to him. He also became more social in the context of wanting to be with others more often." ~ MN PEERS parent