Friendship Development for Autistic Youth: Lessons from the UCLA PEERS® Clinic
April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This interactive webinar will provide an engaging overview of an evidence-based intervention for neurodivergent adolescents and adults seeking to make and keep friends. Methods for teaching friendship skills utilized in the PEERS® intervention will be highlighted, including video demonstrations of targeted skills. Attendees will be given concrete strategies for friendship development and maintenance, along with tips for handling bullying and rejection. The webinar will be led by the founder and developer of PEERS®, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson, who has trained tens of thousands of professionals, educators, and families from across the globe.
Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Laugeson holds many titles such as the founder and director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, the director of the UCLA Tarjan Center, UCLA’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and the Program Director for the Predoctoral Psychology Internship Program in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at UCLA. Dr. Laugeson has trained tens of thousands of mental health professionals, educators, and families worldwide, and is dedicated to developing and testing evidence-based treatments to improve social skills across the lifespan and across the globe.
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