Marie Pabst


Marie Pabst

Certified PEERS Instructor, Gallup Trained Strengths Coach

I am thrilled to join Marvelous Minds to lead families and their adolescents through the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), an evidence-based social skills curriculum for teens and their parents and guardians created at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

There really is a science to becoming socially successful! For those who are unfamiliar, PEERS® is world-renowned for providing the ONLY available evidenced based social skills treatment for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems. This content is used in over 70 countries and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

As a PEERS® certified instructor, I facilitate a 14-week course for teens and their coach; typically their parent or guardian. The PEERS® intervention includes separate parent and teen lessons that meet at different times each week for 90 minutes to learn and practice the proven skills of making and keeping friends. Parent coaches meet Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 PM and teens meet in person Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 PM.

Each week, families learn a new social skill that builds upon the previous week’s lesson. Parents learn about the skill their teen is learning that week and, most importantly, how to become their teens social coach. The coach session is a forum for us to celebrate wins and trouble shoot challenges.
PEERS® is effective in large part because we teach the family to work together to support their teen in the moment and in the weeks and years after they attend PEERS®. Results are lasting because teens and their parents and guardians finally have the resources necessary to become socially successful. The coach sessions are impactful because it provides a forum for us to celebrate wins and trouble shoot challenges.

I discovered PEERS® as a parent of children who are diagnosed with communication differences. Over the years, they had received many effective services to address their needs as individuals, but I was convinced there was more my husband and I could do to support them. Nothing is more soul crushing than watching your child struggle and feeling helpless to personally do anything about it. In my quest for solutions for my family, I found PEERS®.

Our family culture improved as our teens have became more socially successful with our coaching assistance. There are effective, proven ways to support our children who struggle socially. If you have that same nagging feeling that there is something more your family needs, I invite you to schedule a call to see if PEERS® is appropriate for your family.

My professional background is rooted in corporate training and development and key account management in both the pharmaceutical and banking industries. In this capacity, I have pursued continuing education and certifications to implement a wide variety of services that develop individuals and teams, as well as empower individuals and managers to unleash their strengths and increase their effectiveness. These services include, but are not limited to, Gallup CliftonStrengths, Emotional Intelligence, Situational Leadership, and the Languages of Appreciation.

As a Gallup Trained Strengths Coach, I have seen time and again how understanding an individual’s Strengths allows them to maximize their potential at work and in their other roles of parents and spouses. The most frequent comment I receive at the conclusion of a CliftonStrengths results review is, “I wish my spouse could have done this with me.” Acting upon that wish, I have incorporated the principles found in Strengths Based Marriage by Jimmy Evans and Allan Kelsey and CliftonStrengths Explorer assessment for children 10-14. These resources empowered my spouse and me to strengthen our partnership and better support our children’s natural talents.