Singapore University of Social Sciences

Interventions for At-Risk Youths

Interventions for At-Risk Youths (COS364)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course aims to equip students with knowledge and skills to formulate a framework for the prevention, early detection and treatment of youths at risks. Students will learn about the nature and scope of some at-risk behaviours like school drop-out and juvenile delinquency, risky sexual behaviours resulting in teenage pregnancy and STDs, substance and behavioural addictions and youth suicide. The course will examine the core components of programmes for prevention and early intervention, taking into consideration familial as well as environmental factors affecting youths at risks. It also discusses the use of peer and family interventions at helping youths at risk. Students will learn how to formulate interventions at the meso, micro and individual levels to help youths at various levels of risk.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • A Comprehensive Prevention, Early Intervention, Treatment Framework
  • School dropouts and juvenile delinquency
  • Risky sexual behaviours: teenage pregnancy and STDs
  • Substance and Behaviour Addictions
  • Teenage Suicide
  • Critical School competencies
  • Developing Personal Competencies
  • Importance of Peers
  • Cooperative learning and peer support networks
  • Family Counselling
  • Parental education
  • Programmes for Growth and Development
  • Programmes for Involuntary Clients

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the framework and continuum of intervention
  • Analyse the nature and scope of at-risk behaviours
  • Examine the core components of programmes for prevention
  • Assess the different levels of risk
  • Use peer and family interventions
  • Construct programmes to help at-risk youths
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