Dr Ruth Falzon

Dr Ruth Falzon

Dr Ruth Falzon

 B.Ed.(Hons),M.A.,Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

65 Room 101
Triq l-Esperanto
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 3516
I am a founding member of the Department of Counselling and collaborate with the Faculty of Education. My areas of interest/expertise include learning, Learning Disabilities, Personal and Social Development, Emotional Intelligence/Literacy and research in school counselling. I have published and continue to publish in peer-reviewed national and international journals and edited books. I have presented at numerous prominent national and international conferences and been invited to deliver keynote speeches. I review in a number of international journals, as well as am on the editorial board of two journals. My interest in the profession of counselling is due to the non-medical and empowerment model of the profession and my passion for the wellbeing of individuals for effective citizenship and healthy communities and nations. I currently coordinate the Faculty's undergraduate degree in Social Welling, the counselling research component of my department's masters' programme, and and the Faculty's research and Publications' Committee.
I take my community engagement seriously and am elected on the Executive Councils of a number of local/European/International professional associations: Board Director and Treasurer of the European Dyslexia Association, Membership Chair of the International Association for Counselling (Treasurer 2010-2016); Council Member (Treasurer 2010- 2018) of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession; secretary to the Malta Dyslexia Association (MDA); and treasurer to the International Society for Policy Research & Evaluation in School-Based Counselling (ISPRESC). I am also involved in the Maltese Personal and Social Development Association (MPSDA) and am the president of the School Council of my home-community primary school. I am also involved in training for dyslexia and helping skills with several colleges and universities in India.
I believe that, inasmuch as literacy is essential to coping in today’s civilisation, technology has advanced so much that persons for whom literacy is challenging can use technology to access literacy. I further believe that self-esteem, self-confidence and human relations are crucial to successful education and Quality of Life. This is why I focus on PSD methodology and research in school counselling. ruth.falzon@um.edu.mt
  • School Counselling
  • Dyslexia, Wellbeing and Auto/Ethnography
  • Learning Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Personal and Social Development/Emotional Literacy/Processing
  • Inclusion and literacy access to learning

FALZON, R., GALEA, S. and MUSCAT, M., 2020. Comparing Maltese School-based Counselling with Nine other Countries. . Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation, 2(1), pp. 29-55.

FALZON, R., GALEA, C., GALEA, R., GALEA, S. and MUSCAT, M., 2020. Reflecting on Maltese school‐based counselling practices: An autoethnographic collaborative writing project. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20(1), pp. 81-91.

CAMILLERI, S., CHETCUTI, D. and FALZON, R., 2019. “They Labeled Me Ignorant”: Narratives of Maltese Youth With Dyslexia on National Examinations . SAGE Open, 9(2),.

CHETCUTI, D., FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2019. ‘The Pebble in my shoe’: Dyslexic students and their views of examinations. In: C. BEZZINA and S. CARUANA, eds, Teacher Education Matters: Transforming Lives…Transforming Schools. Msida, Malta: University of Malta Press, pp. 433-447.

FALZON, R., 2019. Literacy and Wellbeing. In: S. VELLA, R. FALZON and A. AZZOPARDI, eds, Perspectives on Wellbeing - A Reader. 1 edn. Boston: Brill | Sense, pp. 79-95.

FALZON, R., FRENDO, C. and MUSCAT, M., 2019. Paving the Way for Counselling? The Link between Maltese PSD Model and Counselling. Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation, 1(2), pp. 8-26.

FALZON, R. and MIFSUD, D., 2019. Drama, performance ethnography and Self- esteem listening to Youngsters with dyslexia and their parents. . In: R.S. GRENIER, ed, Qualitative research in practice: Examples for discussion and analysis. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, .

AZZOPARDI, A., BILOCCA, S., FALZON, R., FARRUGIA, V., FORMOSA, M.R., FORMOSA, M., GATT, L., GATT, S., MSALISTER, S. and MIZZI, K., 2017. Empowering dyslexic students through mobility. In: M. DEVLIN, S. KRISTENSEN, E. KRZAKLEWSKA and M. NICO, eds, Learning mobility, social inclusion and non-formal education: Access, processes and outcomes. Strasbourg, France: Joint European Commission and Council of Europe Publication. European Commission and Council of Europe, pp. 123-136.

CAUCHI, M., FALZON, R., MICALLEF, P. and SAMMUT, M., 2017. Policy, research and the development of school counselling in Malta: Lessons learnt in a small-island community. International handbook for policy research on school-based counseling, , pp. 365–381.

CHETCUTI, D., FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2016. The Pebble in my Shoe - teenagers; experiences of dyslexia and examinations. 1 edn. Brussels, Belgium: Erasmus+ Programme, European Commission.

BEZZINA, A., FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2015. Emotional Intelligence and the Maltese Personal and Social Development Model. In: L. ZYSBERG and S. RAZ, eds, Emotional Intelligence: Current Evidence from Psychophysiological, Educational and Organizational PerspectivesC. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers, pp. Chapter 10.

FALZON, R., & CALLEJA, C., 2015. Structured Multisensory Techniques in Reading and Learning Patterns: Some Considerations in . Horizons-Forum on Learning Publication. In: CALLEJA, C. & JOHNSTON, C., ed,  A Learning Paradigm Informed by Knowledge of the Learning Self: A Compendium of Applied Research on the Let Me Learn Process. first edn. USA: Horizons-Forum on Learning Publication., .

FALZON, R. and CALLEJA, C., 2015. Structured Multisensory Techniques in Reading and Learning Patterns: Some Considerations. . In: C. CALLEJA and C. JOHNSTON, eds, A Learning Paradigm Informed by Knowledge of the Learning Self: A Compendium of Applied Research on the Let Me Learn Process. Horizons-Forum on Learning Publications, pp. 379-398.

ANTONELLI, Â., BILOCCA, Â., BORG, Â., BORG, Â., BOXALL, Â., BRIFFA, Â., DEBONO, Â., FALZON, R., FARRUGIA, V., GATT, Â., FORMOSA, Â., MIFSUD, Â., MIZZI, Â., SCURFIELD, Â., SCURFIELD, Â. and VELLA, G.L., 2014. Drama, performance ethnography, and self-esteem: Listening to youngsters with dyslexia and their parents  . SAGE Open, 4(2),.

CAMILLERI, S., CARUANA, A., FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2012. The promotion of emotional literacy through personal and social development: the Maltese experience. . Pastoral Care in Education, 30(1), pp. 19-37.

FALZON, R., 2012. Early educators' awareness and knowledge of structured multisensory literary instruction. Dissertation/Thesis edn. Northumbria University.

FALZON, R., CALLEJA, C. and MUSCAT, C., (2011). Structured multisensory techniques in reading and learning patterns: Some considerations . Revista de Ciències de l’Educació, XXXVI, 51-71., (XXXVI,), pp. 51--71.

FALZON, R., CALLEJA, C. and MUSCAT, C., 2011. Structured multisensory techniques in reading and learning patterns-some considerations. Universitas Tarraconensis.Revista de Ciències de l’Educació, 1(2), pp. 51-71.

FALZON, R., CALLEJA, C. and MUSCAT, C., 2011. Structured multisensory techniques in reading and learning patterns: Some considerations. Revista de Ciències de l’Educació, XXXVI, pp. 51-71.

FALZON, R., 2010. Teaching Strategies for Children with Dyslexia in the Classroom 
. In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Making sense of inclusive education: Where everyone belongs. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing., pp. 95-105.

FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2010. Dyslexia and the school counsellor: A Maltese case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(4), pp. 307-315.

FALZON, R., 2010. Teaching Strategies for Children with Dyslexia in the Classroom. In: A. AZZOPARDI, ed, Making sense of inclusive education: Where everyone belongs. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Publishing, pp. 95-105.

FALZON, R. and CAMILLERI, S., 2010. Dyslexia and the school counsellor: A Maltese case study. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 10(4), pp. 307-315.

FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2009. Living democracy in the classroom - the Maltese story.  
 . Democracy in education., 2, pp. 57-72.

FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2009. Living democracy in the classroom - the Maltese story. Democracy in education, 2, pp. 57-72.

FALZON, R. and MUSCAT, M., 2009. Personal and social development in a small island community: Presenting the Maltese democratic model. Journal of the European Teacher Education Network (JETEN), 4, pp. 9-26.

  • COU3903 - Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy
  • COU5102 - Development Across the Lifespan
  • COU5141 - Advanced Counselling Research Methods
  • COU5305 - Health, Wellbeing and Emotional Literacy
  • INE3622 - Learning Disabilities
  • PSY2606 - Psychology of Learning and Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • SWB1001 - Foundations of Social Wellbeing
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