Social Skills for Neurodivergent Young Adults: PEERS® Certified Training

This CE training is the first two hours of the PEERS® for Young Adults Certified 3-Day Training, Wednesday, June 5 - Friday, June 7, 2024  |  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. MST  |  via Zoom or In-Person (Downtown, SLC, Utah). Option to attend without certification on June 5, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. for 2 CE hours ($50). Learn more and register here

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. MST
Location: Virtual, via Zoom
Cost: $50.00
CEs: 2.0 CE

UCEBT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCEBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This presentation is also pending approval for CE credit through NASW-UT, UAMFT, and UMHCA. 

Learn more and register here

About the event:

The first two hours of the training will be a program overview of the UCLA PEERS Clinic. It will cover the following information: social deficits among neurodivergent young adults, the importance of friendship and romantic relationships, effective methods of social skills instructions, overview of PEERS curriculum, summary of research findings for our PEERS for Young Adults curricula (meta-analysis, telehealth outcomes, and long-term outcomes), and current and proposed research.

Learning Statement:

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, including insights into social deficits among neurodivergent young adults, the significance of fostering friendship and romantic relationships, proficiency in implementing effective methods of social skills instruction, familiarity with the PEERS curriculum, and a synthesis of research findings for PEERS for Young Adults  curricula, along with awareness of current and proposed research initiatives.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Utilize strategies for helping autistic youth make and keep friends.
  • Provide support in minimizing bullying and handling peer rejection.
  • Be familiar with evidence-based methods of social skills instruction.


Factor, R. S., Moody, C. T., Sung, K. Y., & Laugeson, E. A. (2022). Improving Social Anxiety and Social Responsiveness in Autism Spectrum Disorder through PEERS®. Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 7(1), 142–159.

Howorth, S. K., Rooks-Ellis, D. L., Cobo-Lewis, A. B., Taylor, J. P., & Moody, C. T. (2022). Effects of an abbreviated and Adapted PEERS® curriculum as part of a college transition program for young adults on the autism spectrum. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 46(2), 69–82.

Laugeson, E. A., Gantman, A., Kapp, S. K., Orenski, K., & Ellingsen, R. (2015). A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Social Skills in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The UCLA PEERS® Program. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 3978–3989.

About the presenter:

Shannon Bates, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Bates facilitates our parent/social coach groups across our preschool, teen, and young adult programs. She also leads PEERS® Training Seminars for the adolescent, school-based, and young adult curricula. Dr. Bates was the UCLA PEERS® Clinic Coordinator from 2010 to 2012, during which time she led teen, young adult, and parent/caregiver groups. She also co-led domestic and international PEERS® Training Seminars alongside Dr. Laugeson. Dr. Bates obtained her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She completed her internship training at the VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, where she specialized in the treatment of young adults and adults with severe mental illness, including trauma, chronic depression, addiction, suicidality, and self-harm.

Program Notices:

Conflicts of Interest: None.

Commercial Support: TBA.

CE Credit: Two hours of CE credit is available for attendees who are present for the entire program. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Shannon Bates, Psy.D. and UCEBT have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program. For additional information or if accommodations are needed, please contact Jennifer at  or (801) 419-0139.

Accuracy, Utility, and Risks Statement:

This program discusses clinical care when working with neurodivergent individuals. It is important that providers use their best judgement when applying these skills and strategies with their clients. Misapplication of the materials could result in less effective outcomes.

Learn more and register here.

If accommodations are needed, please contact Jennifer at  or (801) 419-0139.