Social Understanding Groups & Boot Camps

Our Social Understanding Groups are influenced by the UCLA evidenced-based program PEERS®. The primary focus of our program is increasing each teen’s self-confidence as well as their understanding of social interactions rather than learning prescribed social skills. This focus promotes autonomy as well as the ability to make an intentional choice when socializing rather than complying with social rules and/or masking. Each group incorporates the themes of self-advocacy, self-regulation, perspective-taking, boundaries, and problem-solving skills into the lesson. This group may be appropriate for teens with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, & Depression. Parent participation is required for the 10 week group. 


Our group differs from other social skills programs because it:


Dating Bootcamp Spring 2024 (Winter Break)

Age: >17 years old

Dates: May 18 & May 19 9am to 1pm

Topics Include:

Teens learn social understanding through didactic instruction, live demonstrations, and extensive practice via group play activities such as sports, board games, etc. Regular attendance is imperative to program success.

 

Pricing: $975 

Price includes boot camp and orientation/mental health screening appointment. 


Enrollment Process- 

 Full 10-week Program 

 Spring 2024- January 23 to March 27

Time

Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm. 

Ages:  

11-17 years

Weekly Groups:  

10-weekly groups

This 10 week program is influenced by the evidenced-based UCLA program PEERS®. The primary focus of our program is increasing each teen’s self-confidence as well as their  understanding of social interactions rather than learning prescribed social skills. This focus promotes autonomy as well as the ability to make an intentional choice when socializing rather than complying with social rules and/or masking. Each group incorporates the themes of self-advocacy, self-regulation, perspective-taking, boundaries, and problem-solving skills into the lesson. This group may be appropriate for teens with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, & Depression. Parent participation is required.


The group is open to clients ages 11-17 who have difficulty initiating and maintaining friendships. Teens learn social understanding through didactic instruction, live demonstrations, and extensive practice via group play activities such as sports, board games, etc. Regular attendance is imperative to program success.


Parents attend weekly group sessions, held simultaneously with the client group, where they learn how to assist their teen by providing feedback and coaching for weekly socialization homework assignments. Weekly attendance for parents/caregivers is a program requirement.



Topics include:



Pricing

Price includes boot camp and orientation/mental health screening appointment. 

Total price for program- $1,850 ($185/session- parent and child group) 



Enrollment Process- 

Meet the Team:

Group Leader

Jillianne Grayson, MD

Dr. Jillianne Grayson was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She completed her undergraduate training in biology at Johns Hopkins University. She obtained her medical degree from Florida State University College of Medicine. She completed an intern year in internal medicine at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and subsequently completed two years of neurology residency before deciding to follow her passion and switch specialties to psychiatry. Dr. Grayson completed her adult psychiatry training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center. 

She is a certified yoga instructor and has a special interest in mindfulness. With a personal belief in making every day count, she makes time for her passions of painting, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son. 

https://www.graysonpsychiatry.com/

Group Leader

Amy Dombrosky, LCMHC, NCC

Amy was raised in Virginia and has resided in the Charlotte area for over 10 years. Amy has two young children and enjoys being outdoors. She enjoys being active whether that be hiking, gardening, or playing tennis.   

Amy holds a MA from Marymount University in Community Counseling. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor.  She holds certifications in EMDR, Perinatal Mental Health, and PEERS. Amy is licensed to provide Telehealth in Pennsylvania, Florida and South Carolina. https://dombroskycounseling.com/

Office Manager

Dannielle Gozelski

Born in a small town just outside of Portland, Maine, Dannielle’s love for working with children began when she accepted a position at a local childcare center.  After a few years in that field, in the summer of 2005, a career opportunity for her husband brought the couple to North Carolina.  Once arriving here, Dannielle made a career move into office administration.  She served in this role for multiple Lake Norman area establishments from 2006-2015.  At this point, and with the ambitions of soon having a child of her own, Dannielle again switched paths and became a full-time nanny, she held this position until becoming a mom herself at the end of 2016.  After 4 years of being a full-time mom, Dannielle jumped back into the childcare industry when she began working as a preschool teacher at a Montessori school in Mooresville.  With her daughter moving on to kindergarten this year, Dannielle felt it was time to move back into the administrative world.  Her background in office management and her love for children merged when she got the amazing opportunity to work with Dr. Grayson.  

Published Research about the PEERS® Program

Examination of a Parent-Assisted, Friendship-Building Program for Adolescents With ADHD (Gardner, et. al., 2014)

Parent and Family Outcomes of PEERS®- A Social Skills Intervention for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Karst, et al., 2014)

Using a CBT Approach to Teach Social Skills to Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social Challenges The PEERS® Method (Laugeson, et al., 2014)

The ABC’s of Teaching Social Skills to Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom- The UCLA PEERS® Program (Laugeson, et al., 2014)

Long-Term Treatment Outcomes for Parent-Assisted Social Skills Training for Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders- The UCLA PEERS® Program (Mandelberg, et al., 2014)

A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Korean Version of the PEERS® Parent-Assisted Social Skills Training Program for Teens With ASD (Yoo, et al., 2014)

A Replication and Extension of the PEERS® Intervention- Examining Effects on Social Skills and Social Anxiety in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Schohl, et al., 2013)

Measuring the Plasticity of Social Approach- A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of the PEERS® Intervention on EEG Asymmetry in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Van Hecke, et al., 2013)

Reichow (2012)- The Cochrane Collaboration

Social Skills Training for Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders- A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study (Gantman, et al., 2012)

Evidence-Based Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders- The UCLA PEERS® Program (Laugeson, et al., 2012)


Contact information:

Group Location

Huntersville Professional Building

11330 Vanstory Dr, Huntersville, NC 28078


Phone number: 

(980) 202-2490


Secure E-fax: 

(732) 605-5910


Email: 

PEERS@graysonpsychiatry.com


Office Address

107 Commerce Centre Dr 

Ste 201

Huntersville NC 28078