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The Department of Counselling came into being as one of the new departments within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing on the first of August 2012. The Department is responsible for the design and delivery of all counselling courses offered by the University of Malta. It is also responsible for the design and delivery of Personal and Social Development courses within the Faculty of Education. The first counselling courses to be offered were a series of diplomas and postgraduate diplomas in the late 1990’s by the Department of Psychology. In 2007, the University Senate approved the first Master in Counselling course and this has been offered every two years since 2008. In 2010 the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Malta and the University of Maryland (College Park) meant that a dual degree Master in Transcultural Counselling started to be offered at the Valletta Campus. The Master in Transcultual Counselling was offered as a dual degree with the University of Maryland to two consecutive cohorts. As from 2013/4, the Master in Transcultural Counselling is being offered as a collaborative degree with the University of New Orleans The Department of Counselling through its academic staff is also involved in Peace Education, Ethics Research, a nationwide Dyslexia project, Multicultural Counselling and Social Justice. It also has a special relationship with the International Association for Counselling (IAC), the global organisation for counselling with consultative status within the United Nations.
 
The Department of Counselling strives to educate and equip future counsellors with the necessary skills and capacities to provide a sound counselling service. The courses offered provide students with the opportunity to work with clients in a variety of social settings, whilst also allowing time to explore specialised areas of counselling. In addition, the courses prepare trainee counsellors to address ethical issues they may encounter, as well as promoting counsellors’ continued training and self-development even after their graduation. The research component trains counsellors to make valuable academic contributions to the theoretical and applied fields of counselling, and to the social world at large. The courses successively bring together students from various backgrounds and diverse nationalities, offering an interesting, challenging and diverse learning environment.
The Department prides itself in offering courses that are hands-on as well as academic, and provides the opportunity for trainee counsellors to learn from practice, as well as theory. The varied and fully qualified lecturing staff specialise in the units taught and provide quality teaching and up-to-date material. The Department also organises lectures and seminars by renowned international academics and counsellors to promote further development.


Further to its courses in Counselling, the Department also co-ordinates teacher training in Personal and Social Development at graduate and post-graduate level. These courses currently train secondary school teachers in developing self awareness and social competencies to be able to promote and deliver personal and social education in schools. Skills learned aim to develop knowledgeable, reflective and professional secondary school educators.
 
This website will guide you through an overview of the teaching and research work of the Department of Counselling within the University of Malta. You can find profiles of the Faculty academic staff, as well as information on local and international undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered. 
 


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Last Updated: 14 February 2018

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