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PEERS® Social Skills Groups

(Group fees are typically eligible for insurance reimbursement under procedure code: 90853)

Your teenager can learn social skills from UCLA’s research-validated PEERS® training!

Parents also attend a group session at the same time as their child to help reinforce skills at home!!

Specially Designed for Kids Who:

  • Want to make friends more easily
  • Want to interact with the real world and not just electronics
  • Are intelligent, creative, but seem to miss connecting with peers
  • May be easily led to negative behaviors to get attention or feel accepted
  • Are well meaning, but sometimes awkward

Topics of Instruction Include:

  • 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 rumors and gossip
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to make phone calls to friends
  • How to choose appropriate friends
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to change a bad reputation.

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  • Have friendship problems
  • Teens in middle school or high school
  • Teens must be interested in the attending program
  • Teens must agree to participate in the program voluntarily

Application Process

  • Call our office at 703-533-7779 to complete a 15-minute phone screen with a member of our staff.
  • Complete and return your enrollment packet
  • Come in (parent and child) for a 1-hour intake appointment with one of our clinicians to determine if our program is appropriate for you and your child.

  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Planned Frequency: Weeknight Session 4:30-6:00pm, 6:30-8:00pm

For more information, contact Dr. Razzino** at 

If you wish to inquire to your insurance regarding out-of-network benefits, the following codes (CPT) for therapy and consultation services may be helpful:

Teen Group CPT Code: 90853

Parent Group CPT Code: 90849