Gameplan's PEERS for Adolescents is an online 2 x 8-week evidence-based social skills intervention program for motivated neuro-diverse teens in high school who are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills during socialisation activities.

Parents attend separate sessions at the same time and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialisation homework assignments.

Teens will learn to:

  • Use appropriate conversational skills
  • Use humour appropriately
  • Use electronic communication
  • Enter and exit conversations
  • Be a good host during get-togethers
  • Be a good sport
  • Handle arguments and disagreements
  • Change a bad reputation
  • Handle rumours and gossip
  • Handle rejection, teasing and bullying

Parents will learn to:

  • More effectively support your teen’s efforts at finding suitable friends.
  • More effectively support your teen’s ability to make new acquaintances and develop close friendships.
  • Foster your teen’s independence with his or her social relationships.

The role

This is an online opportunity open only in Melbourne with Induction & Training conducted in person.

Student volunteers will fulfil the role of ‘Social Coach’ under the direction and supervision of professional Speech Pathologists and therapists at GamePlan.

Throughout the online sessions students can expect to:

  • Be welcoming and proactive in developing a social connection with teens and parents in the program
  • Role model social behaviours
  • Conversations with young people
  • Conversations with parents
  • Assisting running of activities as directed
  • Managing breakout room activities/conversation
  • Support supervisors with note taking

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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