Specialist Diploma in Youth Development & Mental Wellness (SDYM)

Offered by School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Post-Diploma / 1 year / TGS-2021010186

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Adolescence is one of the most dynamic, and influential periods of human developments. The changes that occur during this period can be difficult for a youth to navigate. Moreover, today’s fast-changing landscape means that youth face evolving challenges which, in turn, have an impact on their mental health. Another growing challenge faced by youth today is related to their mental health. This rise in mental health issues is recognised on a national level.

The Specialist Diploma in Youth Development & Mental Wellness shall equip participants with the competencies to engage in youth development and the skills to promote mental wellness and resilience in the youth in order to support them through their mental health issues.

The Specialist Diploma in Youth Development & Mental Wellness is developed in alignment to the Skills Framework for Social Service (Youth Work) and is the first post-diploma in youth development and mental wellness.

Who should attend?

Youth workers, youth development professionals, educators and coaches from government agencies, education institutions, law enforcement agencies, religious groups, grassroot organisations who are looking to upgrade their skills and qualifications; concerned parents and significant others who are keen to gain more knowledge to support their youth; and those who are keen to join the sector to work with youth.

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to prepare students to demonstrate:

  • Understanding of youth’s development vis-à-vis mental wellness and its implication on youth work and practices;
  • Skills and knowledge in engaging and developing youth to have positive mental wellness and emotional resilience;
  • Skills and knowledge in mentoring youth through programme development and using effective communication, facilitation as well as behavioural management strategies;
  • Skills and knowledge in engaging stakeholders with key roles in the development and well-being of youth.


Course Date: 17 Oct 2024
Application Period: 1 Jun 2024 – 31 Jul 2024
Class Day(s): 1 full Thu session per week
Time: Thu 8am to 6pm (including 1-hour lunch break)
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Please note that each module will last for 5 weeks (excluding submission of assignments) and will run consecutively.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Post-Diploma Certificate in Youth Development & Mentoring (TGS-2021010187)
Knowing & Engaging Youth (45 hours)
Participants will acquire an understanding of youth, including the common psychological and developmental issues that impact their lives, and be equipped with basic intervention and mentoring skills that would help them to manage these issues that include anger and aggression; youth sexuality; mental health; self-harm; family abuse & trauma; and addictions. Participants will also have a chance to apply what they have learned with youth and be mentored by youth practitioners.
Youth & Technology (45 hours)
Participants will gain an overview of the role of technology on youth’s psychology and development, including the positive and adverse impact of technology on youth, that include cyberbullying, internet addictions, sexting and use of dating applications. They will also pick up social medial tools and strategies that would help them to widen their reach and advance to the youth as well as learn ways to conduct their training, mentoring or facilitation sessions with the youth using remote platforms.
Group Dynamics & Facilitation (45 hours)
Participants will develop skills to devise, set-up, coordinate, deliver and evaluate activities and programmes for youth individually and in groups. Participants are also equipped with theories, research findings and abilities aimed at managing group dynamics/conflicts and improving group effectiveness.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Youth Mental Wellness & Resilience (TGS-2021010188)
Mental Wellness and Youth (45 hours)
Participants will be introduced to the major non-psychotic disorders, including mood, anxiety, substance use and eating disorders. The typical features of the disorder, and its causes will be discussed. To equip participants with the skills and knowledge to encourage mental wellness and emotional resilience, elements of positive psychology will also be introduced.
Delivering Effective Programmes for Resilient Youth (45 hours)
Participants will be introduced to a systematic framework of programme development which will guide them in developing programmes to enhance the resilience & mental wellness of youth. They will learn to conduct needs assessments, formulate clear objectives, implement intervention, and evaluate outcomes.
Managing Stakeholders: Engaging Parents & Community (45 hours)
Participants will gain an understanding of the various professional roles a youth worker/youth development officer plays in working with youth, families, other professionals in the community in the holistic care of youth. They will learn strategies to engage and partner families and community stakeholders in supporting the overall care of youth.

Trainer's Profile

Glen Ng Wei-Cher

Dr Glen Ng has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Canberra, a Master in Counselling from Monash University, a Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Counselling) from Counselling and Care Centre and a Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis from London College of Clinical Hypnosis and Tan Tock Seng Hospital as well as a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP). 

Dr Glen has over 25 years of experiences in youth counselling, mentoring and working with youths with special needs.  

While working as a Senior Probation Officer and subsequently a Volunteer Probation Officer with the Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF), Dr Glen has managed more than 100 cases of youth offenders from minor (underage smoking) to major offences (rioting). He was also the Senior Counsellor at Rotary Family Service Centre where he had supervised counsellors, caseworkers and worked with clients to develop programmes for the young and the elderly.  

Dr Glen also held several executive positions, first as the Vice-President (Executive Committee) for the Singapore Association for the Deaf, and subsequently founding member and General Manager for Dialogue in the Dark Singapore, where he had facilitated leadership workshops for more than 60 corporate clients, including participants from HSBC Bank, PSA Singapore and INSEAD Business School. He is presently also an EXCO member with the Youth Work Association Singapore (YWAS). 

As an educator, Dr Glen helmed the retired “Diploma in Psychology Studies” at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where he led a team of counsellors, psychologists, and researchers and also taught in key modules, which include “Introduction to Social Services”, “Fundamentals of Counselling”, “Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship”, and “Community Psychology”.  As the Course Chair of the diploma, Dr Glen has mentored more than 200 students aged 17-19 years old, where he advised them on a range of common youth issues.  

In his role as Programme Lead for Youth Engagement & Development, Dr Glen has partnered with leading agencies such as YWAS, TOUCH Cyber Wellness, MSF, CHAT, Singapore Children’s Society, Central Narcotics Bureau, New Life Community Services and Trybe for short courses which includes “Knowing & Engaging Youth”, “Youth & Technology” and the inaugural “Onboarding Course for Youth Work Professionals”. Currently Dr Glen is also managing and teaching in the Specialist Diploma in Youth Development & Mental Wellness (SDYM). 


1 Specialist Diploma
2 Post-Diploma Certificates
6 Modules


You must complete 2 post-diploma certificates within a 2-year validity period to be awarded the Specialist Diploma qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

Applicants must have a local Polytechnic Diploma or University Degree in any discipline with at least 1-year relevant working experience.

Applicants who do not meet the Minimum Entry Requirement, but with relevant prior learning/work experience, will have to undergo written/oral assessment and be endorsed by the applicant’s employer.

Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test.

The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 15 Dec 2021 to 14 Dec 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding. This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants and must be applied via the SkillsFuture Portal. More details on the SkillsFuture Credit Claims will be advised upon admission into the course.

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GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024. Please refer to our STEP portal for the updated fees. (Click on STEP)


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Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full Course fee$7328.08
PR Sponsored by SME$763.04
Singapore Citizen Sponsored by SME$763.04
Singapore Citizen Aged 40 & Above$763.04
Singapore Citizen Aged Below 40$1099.20
Singapore PR$2931.22
Long-Term Visit Pass Plus$7328.08