Social Emotional Competence for Teens TM


Social Emotional Competence (SEC) is the ability to shift to and stay in a measurable physiological state (emotional balance) that underlines optimal learning, performance and resilience.
This often results in better decisions, higher concentration and confidence levels, higher awareness and alertness, improved ability to communicate and relate to others, and greater overall performance.
Social Emotional Competence for Teens™ is a program designed specifically for teenagers to help them strengthen their emotional competence so that they can better manage experiences from school and social life. It is also aligned with MOE Social Emotional Learning (SEL) syllabus. The techniques students learn from this workshop will be helpful in enhancing their academic performance, sports, and many other aspects of their lives – including managing complex social situations. The tools used to measure this “coherent emotional state” are proprietary technologies from Heartmath LLC, a stress management solution provider.



  • Session 1/2 – Understanding and Experiencing Social Emotional Competence
  • Session 3/4 – Sharpening the Skills of Social Emotional Competence
  • Session 5/6 – Applications of Social Emotional Competence
  • Session 7/8 – Practising Social Emotional Competence


Through emotional competence, the teenagers will learn to:

  • better manage stress and anxiety;
  • transform negative emotions to positive emotions;
  • listen actively and communicate effectively;
  • improve creativity, memory recall and the ability to focus;
  •  improve concentration and alertness levels to complete given tasks well, such as taking exams; after the the workshop and practice over the time, students are able to maintain the coherent emotional states through the whole duration of the exam and enjoy high performance states; and – respond appropriately to challenging situations, in both academic and social contexts.



Importance of Inner Management
The importance of learning inner-management techniques at an early age is becoming increasingly apparent. In today’s fast-paced society, there is mounting pressure on children to achieve and excel in school at younger and younger ages. Today’s children, however, experience considerably greater stress in their lives, shouldering far greater responsibilities and emotional burdens as compared to ten years ago.


Coherent Emotional State

Research has also revealed that the heart communicates information to the brain and throughout the body via electromagnetic field interactions. The heart generates the body’s most powerful and most extensive rhythmic electromagnetic field. The heart’s magnetic component is about 5000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field and can be detected several feet away from the body. It was proposed that, this heart field acts as a carrier wave for information that provides a global synchronizing signal for the entire body.

Over the years, it was found out heart rate variability (HRV), or heart rhythms, stood out as the most reflective of inner emotional states and stress. It became clear that negative emotions lead to increased disorder in the heart’s rhythms and in the autonomous nervous system, thereby adversely affecting the rest of the body. In contrast, positive emotions create increased harmony and coherence in heart rhythms and improve balance in the nervous system. This is called heart-based coherent emotional state that helps student to improve their
academic performances significantly.

Results shows that those who operate from coherent emotional state can have significantly increased capability in stress and anger management, self-confidence, concentration and intuition, management and focus, perceptions of family support/satisfaction. After the training, the students scored well above the average range on many of scales on which they had previously scored below the norm, as indicated by the right graph.



 Case Study

  • The critical 100 hours
Student Justin Teo, at the age of 18, was from Dimension International College. He was introduced to Acuteen Academy on Sept 23, 2012, just 30 days before his O-level exams. His scores in Physics, E-math and A-math at that time were all below 30%. He was highly depressed and frustrated. His mother hoped he could achieve A2 and above for all the three subjects with the help from Acuteen. This was almost Mission Impossible. During the critical 100-hours preparation, he was first trained with a series of emotional competence skills before taking tuition. Then he was encouraged to reach coherent emotional state (as indicated by the 100% coherent score in the right graph) before every lesson or exam. His confidence gradually recovered with improved awareness, and better alertness helped minimized careless mistakes. Before the O-level exams, he managed to achieve A’s for all the three subjects in mock exams. Now that the O-level exams are over, he is confident that he will score full marks in his O-level E-math, and attaining A1 for both his A-math and Physics.
  • Girl suffering serious insomnia

Student Kim (nick name is used here), at the age of 18, is SM1 MOE scholar from NJC. She was introduced to Acuteen Academy on Aug 30, 2013, 3 months before his A-level exams. According to her chatting with parents, she suffered serious insomnia and depression. Especially when reaching examination, she always was wakened by surrounding noise and woke up quite early in the morning. She even mentioned that she wanted to commit suicide due to huge amount of pressure which negatively impacts her academic performance. We conducted 6 sessions of Social Emotional Competence coaching on her. She was able to sleep well only after 2 sessions and found inner-peace which helps her to well handle stress during the learning and exam preparation. Most importantly, she felt very happy and claimed that she had found her career goal for future.


  • Asthma boy

Student York (nick name is used here), at the age of 15, is SM1 MOE scholar, S4. He suffered serious asthma attack which mostly likely would be triggered if he went to school. He was introduced to Acuteen Academy in Aug, 2013. After only 1 session of Social Emotional Competence coaching on him, he felt ease and was able to go to school without initiating the asthma. Simultaneous, he was able to handle the stress from learning.


I attended Mr Fun Yuen’s ‘Emotional Competence for Teens’ workshop during my December school holidays in 2011 for a week and have learnt many valuable lessons about myself and how to handle situations which I would have not been able to do so confidently in the past. It was very insightful and Mr Fun Yuen’s patience with our group was very touching as he was genuinely willing to listen to all our different experiences and taught us the different techniques to handle difficult situations. What I remember most prominently about the course was the fact that it was a very hands-on event. Mr Fun Yuen got us to relate what we have learnt to instances in our lives where we would have let our emotions get the better of us. It is extremely amazing to see the different outcomes in situations when we compared our initial reaction to a particular situation and how we could have reacted when we are conscious of our emotions and ourselves. He taught me the value of consciousness from surrounding to self. With this knowledge and his guidance, I have managed not to lose my temper too carelessly and have seen drastic improvements in my tolerance level. This is because before this workshop, I used to be very easily annoyed when things don’t go my way. Moreover, ‘Emotional Competence for Teens’ has taught me to keep calm and focus on how I can better respond to situations. I am very thankful to my father for sending me for this course as I have learnt many valuable life skills which I am confident would serve to help me for the better in the future. I am also thankful for Mr Fun Yuen for being so patient with all of us and for his invaluable guidance and knowledge. I would definitely recommend this workshop to everyone regardless of age. The skills that we are able to pick up from this course will absolutely change our lives for the better.

Cassandra Choo, 16, Temasek Junior College




Mr Fun Yuen teaches the most important skill that is crucial for human survival, which is Emotional Competence. As many live examples have shown us, when faced with tough situation, and when dealing with people, our technical knowledge does not help us anymore. The ultimate quality that sets a good leader apart from the rest is the ability to keep checking on one’s emotion, and the emotional sensitivity to negotiate for favourable terms via the skills to win people over. Mr Fun Yuen’s workshop teaches us the most basic principle. It allows us to achieve the best mental status, which is called “the zone”. Through the tips for everyday practices, we are constantly trained to be a master of our emotion. These practices not only help us find a deeper meaning in our lives, builds better relationships with people, it also encourages us to release our burdens and set our imagination free. All this quality accumulated, it is such a treasure which school and society cannot teach. It sets the learners apart from the rest, and provides for them a shorter path to success. This workshop is like an eye opener. Before I attended, I have many self doubts, and constantly worry if I have done things right. This is because that many people told me that I have very bad people skills. It is true as I generally can’t detect others emotions well, and would often misinterpret people’s intentions. Before the workshop, I constantly denied my weakness. Through the training process, not only did I recognize my weakness, but also I embraced it and aspire to overcome it. This is triggered by the practice to feel my consciousness and interact with it. Ultimately, the workshop brought about spiritual healing.

Kaedy Li, 21, Nanyang Polytechnic