Teaching faculty

Dr. Dione Mifsud is the President of the International Association of Counselling (IAC) and Head of the Department of Counselling at the University of Malta. He is also a former Head of the Department of Psychology at the same university, a former Head of the University of Malta Counselling Unit and past President of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP). He designed and presently coordinates the first Masters in Counselling programme offered by the University of Malta. He also co designed and coordinates an international Masters programme in Transcultural Counselling previously with the University of Maryland at College Park and currently as a collaborative degree with the University of New Orleans USA. His research interests include topics around counselling ethics, counselling supervision and transcultural counselling.


Dr. Tim Bond, is a counsellor educator who specialises in teaching research methodology and professional ethics.  He has published widely about professional ethics and has strong current interests in dialogue between different cultural and moral positions, and, the ethical challenges and opportunities created by the use of social media for therapy. He has used many different approaches to qualitative research with a particular interest in narrative inquiry. As a former head of a university department and chair/president of a national professional association, he has extensive experience of leadership, management and policy making in higher education and professional associations. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol, UK.


Prof. Jeannie Wright has practised as a counsellor since the 1970’s and has taught and developed practice-based research on counselling in seven different universities. Her major research interests are writing for therapeutic purposes, online counselling and collaborative projects on gender, social justice and diversity. She has a particular interest in narrative and arts-based research approaches. After working in the educational and voluntary sectors in the UK, she spent two years practising and teaching at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, where she also worked with local NGOs on projects around women’s health and domestic violence. At the University of Sheffield in the 1990’s she pioneered the first online counselling service for staff, taught at the University of Nottingham and volunteered in a range of organisations offering free and low cost counselling.She returned to the University of Warwick in 2011 from Aotearoa New Zealand where she was Assoc Prof at Massey University, a trustee at a Women’s Refuge and volunteered as a counsellor in a local third sector agency. Jeannie is a member of the editorial board of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (monthly journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and regularly reviews books and articles submitted for publication for a number of international journals and publishers.


Dr. Roberta Attard is a chartered clinical psychologist and social worker, with training in Applied Systemic Theory. She has extensive experience in the field of child and adolescent clinical disorders, child psychotherapy, child forensic psychology, child protection and child abuse investigation.  Roberta has practiced in a variety of settings specializing in the use of drawings, play, and psychotherapeutic techniques in individual and group psychotherapy with traumatized children and adolescents. Her current research interests include searching for new methodologies for researching child and adolescent issues, exploring school absenteeism and its narratives, and the relationship between attachment, resilience and vulnerability and child psychopathology. She is a full-time lecturer with the Department of Counselling and consultant for various State Boards and State run programs seeking to provide aid to vulnerable minors.


Dr. Marlene Cauchi is a lecturer within the Department of Counselling at the University of Malta, teaching and supervising trainees undergoing their Masters programme in Counselling and Transcultural Counselling.  She is also a counselling psychologist, with a focus on working with domestic and sexual abuse, refugees, addictions, and group work.  She currently also works at Caritas Malta. Her research interests include psychology of religion, faith and spirituality, attachment, and group co-leadership.


Dr. Melanie DeMarco lectures and supervises trainee-counsellors at the Department of Counselling, within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta. She is an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is also a chartered psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Her research interests include Wellbeing, action research, counselling at work, suicide, trauma.


Dr. Ruth Falzon is a lecturer within the Department of Counselling at the University of Malta. Her areas of expertise include Personal and Social Education, and Specific Learning Difficulties.  She coordinates PSD teacher-training programmes and courses at the University of Malta.  Dr Falzon is treasurer of the International Association for Counselling and of the Malta Association for the Counselling profession, a member of the Executive Council of the Malta PSD Association, and the president of her local primary school council. She has lately also been appointed President of the Malta Association for Professionals in Learning Disabilities. Her research interests include topics around PSD, Dyslexia, quality of life and counselling.


Professor Barbara Herlihy, is University Research Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of New Orleans.  She is the co-author of three current books and numerous book chapters and articles, primarily on the topics of ethics, feminist therapy, and diversity and social justice.  She is a past recipient of the Southern Association for Counselor Education & Supervision (SACES) Courtland Lee Social Justice Award and the ACES Outstanding Mentor Award.  She is a past chair of the ACA Ethics Committee and served on the ACA Code of Ethics Revision Taskforce in 2005.  She chaired the ACA International Committee in 2011-2012.   She has presented seminars and workshops on ethical issues across the country and internationally.


Professor Matthew Lyons, is an Assistant Professor of counseling in the Department of Educational Leadership Counseling, and Foundations at the University of New Orleans (UNO). He earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Ohio University. In addition, he holds an M.A. in counseling from Marshall University and a M.Div. from Palmer Theological Seminary. His research interests include leadership, spirituality, adolescence, and family. Dr. Lyons has experience in inpatient and outpatient community mental health centers, hospitals, public schools, alternative schools, community youth programs, and religious organizations. He has worked extensively with adolescents and their families and has served as a consultant for community youth organizations. Dr. Lyons regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences and is an active participant in national and state organizations including the American Counseling Association, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Louisiana Counseling Association. 

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