Montréal, QC 

Hosted by SISP student committee, McGill University

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

May 26 - May 27, 2020


Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Laugeson is the Founder and Director of the UCLA PEERS Clinic, which is an outpatient hospital-based program providing parent-assisted social skills training for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social impairments from preschool to adulthood. She is also the Training Director for the UCLA Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Director of The Help Group – UCLA Autism Research Alliance, which is a collaborative research initiative dedicated to developing and expanding applied clinical research in the treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Having trained thousands of mental health professionals, educators, and families in the PEERS method, Dr. Laugeson is dedicated to developing and testing evidence-based treatments to improve social skills across the lifespan, and disseminating these empirically supported programs across the globe.

> Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.

Thursday August 24th, 2017

1:00pm - 3:30pm

​The ABC's of Teaching Social Skills  in the School Setting: The UCLA PEERS Program

Social deficits are known to be a significant problem for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), yet very few evidence-based social skills programs exist for high functioning adolescents with ASD. While school is arguably one of the most natural settings to teach social skills, school-based professionals are rarely given instruction about how to teach social skills in the classroom. In this interactive and lively presentation, Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson will be providing an overview of PEERS, an empirically supported social skills program for adolescents with ASD. Within the framework of solid research evidence, concrete rules and steps of social etiquette will be highlighted to promote the development and maintenance of friendships along with strategies for handling peer conflict and rejection for youth with ASD and other social challenges.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Be provided with overview of the social deficits experienced by adolescents with ASD.
  2. Be given an overview of effective methods for teaching social skills to youth with ASD and other social challenges.
  3. Learn concrete rules and steps of ecologically valid social skill related to making​ and keeping friends.

Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.