Youth Work: Introduction to an Evidence-Based Approach

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Course Category:

Children, Youth and Family

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Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
Name Fee (Excludes GST) Fee (Includes GST)
Nett Fee (after SSG funding) $ 165.00 $ 176.55
Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 550.00 $ 588.50


This course is an introductory level course specifically designed to enable Learners to acquire the basic competencies needed for Youth Work in Singapore. This is an evidence-based course conceptualised around local research for Youth Work. Learners will be introduced to a transdisciplinary model specifically developed for use with 'At-Risk' Youth in Singapore. The model which is currently being assessed for publication, has been utilised for numerous SSOs, schools, The Singapore Police Force and Singapore Prison Service.

The course is comprehensively designed using research-based methodologies pertaining to Youth Work in Singapore that encompass Biological, Psychological and Social Work components. Such components will be utilised to explain the factors relevant to working with ‘At-Risk’ Youth in Singapore; such as how to better understand the actions of ‘At-Risk’ Youth, and how to establish an effective Therapeutic Alliance. This may be particularly useful for those Learners who are interested to equip themselves with the basic competencies that may enhance their capacity to conduct intervention programmes for ‘At-Risk’ Youth in Singapore.

The course will equip Learners with theoretical and practical knowledge that is useful for improving the efficacy of Youth Intervention Programmes in Singapore such as:
— The Guidance Programme
— The Enhanced STEP-UP Programme
— The Periodic Training Order

Target Participants:

The target audience includes Social Workers, Social Work Assistants / Associates, Case Managers, Counsellors, Psychologists, Youth Workers, Programme Coordinators, Programme Managers, Programme Executives, Allied Educators, School Counsellors, Law Enforcement Officers, and any practitioner who is interested in working with Youth.

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:
• Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
• Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
• Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6

Learning Outcome:

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

1. Describe the characteristics of ‘At-Risk’ Youth in Singapore
2. Explain the basic Biological, Psychological and Social Work components regarding Youth Work in Singapore
3. Explain the strategies on how to establish a Therapeutic Alliance when working with Youth


Mode of Delivery:
Blended learning (facilitated classroom training and online course materials)

Online course materials: Learners will be required to access the online resources prior to the facilitated classroom training session.

This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. As there is an assessment component for this course, grading and processing of results can only take place after course completion. Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only. For more information on SSG Training Grants, please visit:
SkillsFuture Singapore Funding.
SkillsFuture Credit.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of NCSS Member Social Service Agencies via Direct Training Application.

Terms and conditions apply. Applicants of above training grants should inform SSI upon submission of your application.

Trainer Profile:

Mr Praveen Nair is currently a Psychologist and Senior Consultant with more than 19 years of rich clinical, supervisory and management experience. A clinician with a specialty in Forensic Interventions and Counselling, he is presently a Consultant for Social Service Organisations, schools, private companies, Government bodies and law firms. Apart from being the first Psychologist in Singapore to have developed an intervention programme contextualised for ‘at-risk’ youth of the country, Praveen is also the first Psychologist in Singapore to conduct WDA and university accredited training programmes in Advanced Counselling Skills and Understanding Criminality in Singapore Youth.

Praveen is a Full Member with the Singapore Psychological Society and an MSF Certified Practitioner for the Management of Family Violence. He is also a member of the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society that has recognised him for outstanding academic achievements, leadership and social service.

Furthermore, Praveen was a Clinical Supervisor for a Family Service Centre & Family Resource Centre, and is presently a Clinical Supervisor for Monash University’s Master of Counselling course in Singapore. He also lectured in Psychology & Counselling for Murdoch University and Northumbria University.

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