The Social Factor has a pool of trainers well-versed in the areas of counselling, psychology, communications, curriculum development and special needs education. Our principal trainers have backgrounds in education and in counselling.
Counsellor/Consultant Mark Lim
Mark Lim is a professional trainer and counsellor with more than 20 years of experience in the education and youth sector. As a lecturer in the local polytechnic and a teacher in a leading secondary school, Mark was nominated for, and received awards related to the development of curriculum and the teaching of life skills such as understanding relationships, applied social psychology and critical thinking.
Mark has a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and a Certificate of Professional Practice in Special Needs, and his work in the youth sector included the leading and mentoring young people in the community as well as organising youth camps and other large-scale events. He is currently involved in family life work as a marriage mentor and counsellor, and he conducts parenting and mentoring programmes for various educational organisations as well as counselling for persons with special needs. Mark was a special needs consultant with the Ministry of Education and local drama company I Theatre.
Mark’s roots are in journalism, when he first began writing for local broadcaster Mediacorp Radio Singapore. He was responsible for writing policy papers and government speeches. Notably, he was part of the editorial team for the National Youth Council cyber wellness resource, The Offline Guide to an Online Generation. He is currently a feature writer with Focus on the Family Singapore. With an Honours Degree in Political Science, Mark is well-versed in the humanities, specifically in subject areas such as history and national education.
Principal Consultant Sue Lim
Sue Lim is an experienced teacher and counsellor with more than 20 years in the field of education. She obtained her Post-Graduate Diploma with the Ministry of Education and spent many years teaching English to gifted students at a top primary school in Singapore. She co-authored the book Fly with English: A Teacher’s Guide. Sue then obtained a Masters in Pastoral Counselling, and worked as an Allied Educator in the area of counselling.
Sue has been a mentor to many young people. A seasoned trainer, Sue has taught teachers in the Gifted Education Programme and trainee teachers from the National Institute of Education in the area of special needs. Sue also worked as an external teacher and a tutor for children with special needs as well as a special needs consultant with the Ministry of Education. Sue is skilled in the Yoshimoto Orton-Gillingham Approach and is certified to teach students with dyslexia. She currently mentors parents in the homeschooling community on matters pertaining to social-emotional support.
Mark and Sue co-author a blog, Parenting on Purpose, which chronicles their parenting journey. As a parent, they hope that their children will grow up to be joyful and secure individuals who demonstrate a deep compassion for others. You may follow their journey here.
The Social Factor is always looking for experienced trainers to join our team! If you have prior experience in teaching, speaking, education or counselling, and have experience working with parents, young adults, youth and children, do contact us here.