Award in Spiritual Dimension in Elderly Care for Healthcare Workers

  Little Sisters of the Poor, Ħamrun

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Spiritual Dimension in Elderly Care for Healthcare Workers is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5, as Further Education Programme.

Spirituality plays a crucial role in holistic care, yet it is often overlooked. This course addresses the challenges in conceptualizing spirituality and offers clarity on its integration into elderly care. Participants will explore the meaning of spirituality and gain competence in spiritual practice. The course covers attitudes towards spirituality, assessment of patients’ spiritual needs, and factors affecting its integration into nursing care. Practical guidance is provided to equip healthcare workers with skills to incorporate spirituality into their practice effectively.

Carers in residential care facilities for the elderly.

This course consists of 11 sessions: 10 lectures and an examination session.

Session 1: Defining Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Healthcare – Competencies in Spiritual Care

Spirituality and spiritual care in healthcare encompass how patients and healthcare professionals seek and express meaning, purpose, connection, value, or transcendence within the context of illness and health. An increasing body of evidence demonstrates that spirituality is associated with improved health outcomes, patient satisfaction, medical decision-making, and quality of life. This session will introduce various definitions of spirituality and spiritual care, along with the multidimensional spiritual field.

Session 2: Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Spirituality

Intrapersonal Spirituality addresses personal spirituality, emphasizing that healthcare workers must nurture their own spirituality to provide effective spiritual care. Students will explore the significance of self-reflection and self-awareness in personal and professional growth. Interpersonal Spirituality focuses on building relationships through effective communication skills, recognizing individuals’ unique spiritual and cultural worldviews, fostering companionship, and delivering compassionate care.

Session 3: Spiritual Assessment and Evaluation of Care

This session introduces learners to formal and informal approaches for assessing patients’ spiritual needs, planning interventions based on available resources, and evaluating whether patients’ needs have been met.

Session 4: Loss, Grief, and Compassion in the Elderly

Learners will explore the inevitable experience of grief and loss, as well as feelings of isolation in the elderly. Understanding the grief process, as described by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, will enable healthcare workers to prevent spiritual distress and provide compassionate care to the elderly.

Session 5: Spiritual Care in Elderly Rehabilitation

This session focuses on addressing the spiritual needs of elderly individuals undergoing rehabilitation. It explores strategies for promoting creativity and addressing feelings of suffering and solitude.

Session 6: Spiritual Care and Mental Health

Learners will gain insights into various mental health issues affecting the elderly and acquire skills to manage and provide care for elderly individuals experiencing mental health challenges.

Session 7: Spiritual Care in Dementia

This session provides information on dementia in the elderly and equips learners with skills to manage care in this context, as well as supporting families to better understand and cope with the situation.

Session 8: The Role of Religion in Spiritual Care for the Elderly

This session highlights the integral role of religiosity in spiritual care.

Session 9: The Sacraments in Different Religions and Spirituality

Learners will explore religious practices across various denominations present in our society.

Session 10: Case Scenarios in the Spiritual Dimension of Elderly Care

This session presents case scenarios to assess and evaluate learners’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired during the program, preparing them for application in elderly care settings.

The course will be held on Tuesday from 9:30am – 11:30am at Little Sisters of the Poor, Ħamrun

9th April 2024Defining ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Spiritual Care’ in Healthcare
Competencies in spiritual care
16th April 2024Interpersonal and intrapersonal spirituality
23rd April 2024Spiritual assessment and evaluation of care
30th April 2024Loss, grief and compassion in the elderly
7th May 2024Spiritual care in the rehabilitation of the elderly
14th May 2024Spiritual care in dementia
21st May 2024Spiritual care and mental health
28th May 2024The role of religion in spiritual care for the elderly
4th June 2024Case scenarios in the spiritual dimension of elderly care
11th June 2024The sacraments in different religions and spirituality
25th June 2024Examination*

*Examination session will take place from 9:30am – 10:30am

This course has one exit certificate option: 

Certificate of Achievement 

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to students who successfully concluded the course, that is;

  • attend a minimum of 80% of all contact hours
  • complete and pass from short multiple-choice online exam

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EQF/MQF Level: Level 5

Accreditation Category: Further Education Programme

Total ECTS: 4 ECTS

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute


The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Spiritual Dimension in Elderly Care for Healthcare Workers is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5, as Further Education Programme.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess a minimum of an MQF/EQF Level 4 or higher qualification. Kindly submit a copy of your highest qualification in the application form below.

Language: Applicants must have a basic understanding of Maltese and be proficient in English.

Digital: Applicants must know how to access and use the internet.

For courses offered in face-to-face learning and blended learning, applicants must reside in the Maltese Islands and provide their Maltese address in their application form.

For further information regarding visa requirements, please refer to Identity Malta’s visa requirements for third-country nationals.

Canon Law and Institutes of Consecrated Life

  Archdiocese of Malta, St Calcedonius Square, Floriana
A 20% discount will be given when more than 5 applicants
from the same congregation apply for this course.

This course aims at accompanying consecrated men and women by inviting them to deepen their formation in Canon Law in the context of Consecrated Life. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the participants will become aware of what the teachings of Canon Law in the realm of consecrated life are and be able to reflect, analyse and synthesise the applicability of Canon Law in various circumstances. 


  • Men and women members of the consecrated life
  • Men and women of societies of apostolic life

Target Audience Age: 18+

Session 1:     The ecclesial magisterium and consecrated life

Session 2:     Documents from Vatican Council II until today  

Session 3:     Documents from Vatican Council II until today  

Session 4:     Introduction to Canon Law and consecrated life within the                                                           Code of Canon Law (CIC)

Session 5:     History and forms of consecrated Life

Session 6:     The evangelical counsels

Session 7:     Religious life: admission and separation

Session 8:     Governance of institutes

Session 9:     Administration of goods

Session 10:   The apostolate of institutes

Session 11:    Relationship with clergy and diocesan bishop

Session 12:   Related matters to consecrated life in Canon Law

Wednesdays: 16:30 – 18:30

September20th, 27th
October11th, 18th, 25th
November8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

This course will conclude with a retreat on Saturday 9th December 2023.


This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend 80% of all contact hours.

   2. Certificate of Participation

To obtain a Certificate of Participation, students must attend 80% of all contact hours and pass the short multiple-choice online assessment. 

  3.  Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

      • attend 80% of all contact hours;
      • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
      • and successfully complete a written assignment in English.

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Language: Proficient in English.

Digital Competences: Computer literate (how to access the internet and use a word processor).

20% discount will be given when more than 5 applicants
from the same congregation apply for this course.

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