Dione Mifsud is the Immediate Past President of the International Association of Counselling (IAC) and former Head of the Department of Counselling at the University of Malta. He was President of IAC from 2012 to 2019 and Head of Department of the Department of Counselling from 2012 to 2021. He is currently on sabbatical leave. Dione 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 a past President of the Malta Association for the Counselling Profession (MACP).
He designed and coordinated 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 has a collaborative degree with the University the Cumberlands USA. He also designed a Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision and a Post Graduate Certificate in Adlerian Counselling. His research interests include topics around counselling ethics, counselling supervision and transcultural counselling. Dione has been a Harassment and Bullying advisor since 2014.
Dr Roberta Attard is a chartered Clinical Psychologist with training in Social Work, Applied Systemic Theory, and other therapeutic modalities. She has been active for many years in supporting children and young persons with issues related to attachment, abuse, developmental trauma, gender identity, loss and bereavement amongst others and in assisting in the development of therapeutic services to provide trans-disciplinary intervention. This work has resulted in experience spanning 25 years in residential and foster care, child protection, child welfare-related issues, abuse involving minors, Juvenile Court, Family Court, and Criminal court.
Roberta is a full-time lecturer, supervisor, practicum coordinator and Head of Department with the Department of Counselling, University of Malta and consultant for various Boards and State services seeking to provide aid to persons experiencing situations that cause vulnerability, as well as a founder member of the Safeguarding Commission of the Catholic Church within the Archdiocese of Malta. She is especially interested in discovering and exploring new and innovative ways of researching the experience of humankind, in whichever form this may express itself, especially that of its youngest members.