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Sport and Community Building

  Catholic Institute, Floriana
MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Sport and Community Building is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5.

The local community is central to God’s work. This module will explore and identify ways in which different groups in the local community can make stronger and healthier communities across generations. It illustrates the various ways in which sports has been serving in building God’s Kingdom. Learners will be able to learn sport-related skills and language to teach the values and apply learnt knowledge to their particular setting. Learners will also be able to organise and create sport camps and festivals according to their specific context, looking also at the practical aspect of such organisation

  • Youth leaders interested in Sports/Physical Activity,  
  • Sports persons (coaches, athletes, club admin. members) interested in Sports Ministry,  
  • School chaplains, PE teachers, and Teachers interested in both areas (sports & spirituality). 

Target Audience Age: 18+

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
PFE5004– Weekly Lectures
– Practicum
2 ECTS


Lecturers: 
Sr Rachel Camilleri ASGM

Mode of Attendance: Part-Time
Part 1: Theory
DatesDatesTimesVenue
Thursdays16.05.2024 – 13.06.202418:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute, Floriana
Part 2: Practicum

Over the summer period, participants are asked to partake in 10 hours of practicum. Participants can choose to either take part in a Summer Camp or organise an activity in a youth group they are a member of. More information about this part of the course will be given to applicants during the course.

Assessment: Activity Observation 40% & Written Activity Report 60

Assessment Explanation:  These will take into consideration these key criteria: activity content and design of the event, implementation and evaluation of an activity. 

Participants are expected to devise and put into practice the planned activity with a concluding evaluative report. The content and practice have to reflect in practice the principles learnt during the module. 

For this Assignment or Activity, participants are to take into consideration one of the following cohorts: young (4 to 10 years), adolescents (11-15 years), youth (16 – 30 years) and adults (31+). 


Duration: 5 sessions part-time including:

  • Contact hours – 10 hours
  • Supervised Placement and Practice Hours – 10 hours
  • Self-Study Hours – 20 hours
  • Assessment Hours – 10 hours

Click here to view the PFI`s Grading System

Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 80% of each module and successfully pass the assignment

EQF/MQF Level: Level 5

Accreditation Category: Higher Education Programme

Total ECTS: 2 ECTS

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Sports and Commmunity Building is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5.

Applicants must be in possession of:

  • Proficient in English  
  • Minimum Level: O level or equivalent 
  • Expressed interest in Evangelisation and Sport 
  • Participants must present POMA certification and clean police conduct. 

For courses offered in face-to-face learning and Blended Learning, it is required that applicants reside in the Maltese Islands and use their Maltese address in their application form.

For further information regarding visa requirements, head to Identity Malta’s VISA requirement for third-country nationals.

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  Catholic Institute, Floriana
MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Sport and Community Building is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5.

The local community is central to God’s work. This module will explore and identify ways in which different groups in the local community can make stronger and healthier communities across generations. It illustrates the various ways in which sports has been serving in building God’s Kingdom. Learners will be able to learn sport-related skills and language to teach the values and apply learnt knowledge to their particular setting. Learners will also be able to organise and create sport camps and festivals according to their specific context, looking also at the practical aspect of such organisation

  • Youth leaders interested in Sports/Physical Activity,  
  • Sports persons (coaches, athletes, club admin. members) interested in Sports Ministry,  
  • School chaplains, PE teachers, and Teachers interested in both areas (sports & spirituality). 

Target Audience Age: 18+

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
PFE5004– Weekly Lectures
– Practicum
2 ECTS


Lecturers: 
Sr Rachel Camilleri ASGM

Mode of Attendance: Part-Time
Part 1: Theory
DatesDatesTimesVenue
Thursdays16.05.2024 – 13.06.202418:00 – 20:00Catholic Institute, Floriana
Part 2: Practicum

Over the summer period, participants are asked to partake in 10 hours of practicum. Participants can choose to either take part in a Summer Camp or organise an activity in a youth group they are a member of. More information about this part of the course will be given to applicants during the course.

Assessment: Activity Observation 40% & Written Activity Report 60

Assessment Explanation:  These will take into consideration these key criteria: activity content and design of the event, implementation and evaluation of an activity. 

Participants are expected to devise and put into practice the planned activity with a concluding evaluative report. The content and practice have to reflect in practice the principles learnt during the module. 

For this Assignment or Activity, participants are to take into consideration one of the following cohorts: young (4 to 10 years), adolescents (11-15 years), youth (16 – 30 years) and adults (31+). 


Duration: 5 sessions part-time including:

  • Contact hours – 10 hours
  • Supervised Placement and Practice Hours – 10 hours
  • Self-Study Hours – 20 hours
  • Assessment Hours – 10 hours

Click here to view the PFI`s Grading System

Certification: A sealed Certificate together with a Certificate supplement after successful* completion of the course

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement a student must; Attend a minimum of 80% of each module and successfully pass the assignment

EQF/MQF Level: Level 5

Accreditation Category: Higher Education Programme

Total ECTS: 2 ECTS

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Teaching Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Sports and Commmunity Building is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 5.

Applicants must be in possession of:

  • Proficient in English  
  • Minimum Level: O level or equivalent 
  • Expressed interest in Evangelisation and Sport 
  • Participants must present POMA certification and clean police conduct. 

For courses offered in face-to-face learning and Blended Learning, it is required that applicants reside in the Maltese Islands and use their Maltese address in their application form.

For further information regarding visa requirements, head to Identity Malta’s VISA requirement for third-country nationals.

Basic Customer Care Skills

Basic Customer Skills

For Parish Office Staff

This course aims to equip participants with both practical skills for front office roles and a deeper understanding of how these skills can be applied within the context of the Church’s mission and ethos. It emphasizes the importance of customer care not only as a professional responsibility but also as a form of ministry and outreach.

Thus, participants will have the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills in basic customer care and front office skills, as a means for new evangelisation.


If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 50% discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi.

Parish staff who work in the front office.

Target Audience Age: 18+

The course will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

DatesSessionName of Lecturer
8th MayCustomer Care as a form of EvangelisationDr Nadia Delicata
What is Customer Service?
a. Definition of ‘Customer’
b. Definition of ‘Care’ with also spiritual significance
Jesmond Friggieri
15th MayCustomer Care service settings – specific to parishes and pastoral workJesmond Friggieri
22nd MayAims and objectives of customer service in an organisationJesmond Friggieri
29th MaySelf-Development in Customer Care serviceJesmond Friggieri
5th JuneImportance of Customer Care service in the organisation.Jesmond Friggieri

This course has two exit certificate options:

1. Certificates of Attendance

The student will receive a Certificate of Attendance when attending a minimum of 80% of all
contact hours for this course.

2. Certificate of Participation
The student will receive a Certificate of Participation when attending a minimum of 80% of all
contact hours and successfully complete a short multiple-choice online exam.

Digital: Applicants are required to be digitally literate especially, in office suites.

Introduction to Parish Ministry: Attard Parish

Introduction to Parish Ministry

“If the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be ‘the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters”

Pope Francis.

Throughout this course, participants will explore the parish as a significant symbol of God’s presence in our community. The course will start by delving into the contemporary reality of today’s parish. Participants will then proceed to learn about the different roles within the Church; identifying the decision-making bodies of the Church and different ministries in a parish, highlighting the importance of everyone’s participation. This will include a discussion on effective teamwork and service to others. Attendees will then be introduced to the principles of communal discernment, examining its definition, tools, and practical applications. The course will conclude by presenting a model of communal discernment, elucidating the different roles within it, and outlining the composition of discerning groups.

Specifically tailored for those actively involved in parish ministry, the course seeks to inspire a deeper commitment to the renewal of parishes, aligning them as vibrant evangelizing entities in today’s society, guided by recent teachings on parish life.


If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 57% discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi.

  • Pastoral Workers, especially those involved in decision-making bodies.
  • Individuals interested in the subject

Target Audience Age: 19+

The course will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

DatesSession
Monday 29th January 2024– Today’s Parish – What is a Parish?
– The different roles in the Church & Ministries in a Parish
Wednesday 31st January 2024Executive and decision-making bodies in a Parish
Monday 5th February 2024What is communal discernment? What are the tools used?
Wednesday 7th February 2024A discerning method

This course has three exit certificate options:

1. Certificates of Attendance

The student will receive a Certificate of Attendance when attending a minimum 80% of all
contact hours for this course.

2. Certificate of Participation
The student will receive a Certificate of Participation when attending a minimum 80% of all
contact hours for this course and passing from short multiple-choice online exam.

3. Certificate of Achievement
The student will receive a Certificate of Achievement when:

  • attending a minimum 80% of all contact hours
  • passing short multiple-choice online exams and written assessment

Language: Applicants are required to have an understanding of Maltese and be fluent in English.
Digital: Applicants are required to be digitally literate especially, in office suites.

Introduction to Youth Ministry

Introduction to Youth Ministry

This course will serve as an introduction and foundation for youth ministry. Youth ministers, youth leaders and animators will reflect on who they are, their journey of faith and the call of being a youth minister/youth leader/animator in today’s society. This will involve a discussion on ‘tools’ that believers should have to live faith.


If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 44% discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi

  • Serving youth ministers/youth leaders/animators
  • Youth aspiring to become youth ministers/youth leaders/animators

Target Audience Age: 16+

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

DateSession Title
Session 1Reaching to our Roots
Session 2Catholic Youth Leaders
Session 3Living out our Faith 1
Session 4Living out our Faith 2
Session 5Deepening of Certain Ministry Aspects

This course has two exit certificate options:

1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have attended at least 80% of contact hours for this course.

2. Certificate of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to students who have attended at least 80% of contact hours for this course and successfully complete and pass written assessment.

Digital: Applicants are required to be digitally literate, including knowing how to access the internet and use office suite software.

Introduction to Parish Ministry

Introduction to Parish Ministry

“If the parish proves capable of self-renewal and constant adaptivity, it continues to be ‘the Church living in the midst of the homes of her sons and daughters”

Pope Francis.

Throughout this course, participants will explore the parish as a significant symbol of God’s presence in our community. The course will start by delving into the contemporary reality of today’s parish. Participants will then proceed to learn about the different roles within the Church; identifying the decision-making bodies of the Church and different ministries in a parish, highlighting the importance of everyone’s participation. This will include a discussion on effective teamwork and service to others. Attendees will then be introduced to the principles of communal discernment, examining its definition, tools, and practical applications. The course will conclude by presenting a model of communal discernment, elucidating the different roles within it, and outlining the composition of discerning groups.

Specifically tailored for those actively involved in parish ministry, the course seeks to inspire a deeper commitment to the renewal of parishes, aligning them as vibrant evangelizing entities in today’s society, guided by recent teachings on parish life.


If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 57% discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi.

  • Pastoral Workers, especially those involved in decision-making bodies.
  • Individuals interested in the subject

Target Audience Age: 19+

The course will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

DatesSession
15th April 2024Today’s Parish – What is a Parish?
22nd April 2024The different roles in the Church & Ministries in a Parish
29th April 2024Executive and decision-making bodies in a Parish
6th May 2024What is communal discernment? What are the tools used?
13th May 2024A discerning method

This course has three exit certificate options:

1. Certificates of Attendance

The student will receive a Certificate of Attendance when attending a minimum 80% of all
contact hours for this course.

2. Certificate of Participation
The student will receive a Certificate of Participation when attending a minimum 80% of all
contact hours for this course and passing from short multiple-choice online exam.

3. Certificate of Achievement
The student will receive a Certificate of Achievement when:

  • attending a minimum 80% of all contact hours
  • passing short multiple-choice online exams and written assessment

Language: Applicants are required to have an understanding of Maltese and be fluent in English.
Digital: Applicants are required to be digitally literate especially, in office suites.

Award in Introduction to Mixed Migration

MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA,
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute.

The Award in Introduction to Mixed Migration is accredited at the EQF/MQF Level 7.

Migration is a reality that affects everyone in our societies. It is a subject of intense debate, yet often little is known about the complex realities migrants experience. The course, offered in collaboration with the Migrants Commission, will introduce participants to the realities of migration, with a particular focus on mixed and forced migration. The fundamental aim of this course is to make the process of addressing migration-related issues become one rooted in hospitality rather than fear, guided by the Roman Catholic tradition and its teachings, with an emphasis on nurturing a culture of encounter.

• Professionals working with migrants and need specialised knowledge to better serve the people they work with.
• Others interested to work in the field of migration, human rights and humanitarian work.

Target Audience`s Age: 19+

Lectures will be held on Mondays from 17:00 to 20:00

DateSession
5th February 2024Introduction and Definitions: Foundation Basics
12th February 2024Human Rights Perspective
19th February 2024Globalisation and International Development
26th February 2024Security Perspective
4th March 2024Social Justice Perspective

SESSION 1: INTRODUCTION AND DEFINITIONS: FOUNDATION BASICS

In this session, participants will acquire an understanding of the fundamental terminology employed in the context of access to benefits and services, particularly in relation to one’s protection status or lack thereof. The session will delve into the key factors compelling individuals to migrate, eligibility for lodging an asylum claim, and the criteria distinguishing a claim for International Protection from other claims. Participants will engage in a discussion of the following questions to explore these areas:

  1. Why is it essential to comprehend these definitions?
  2. Why do these definitions frequently face disputes or challenges?
  3. What are the historical or foundational roots of these definitions?

International and national protection statuses are granted based on specific criteria, and they may not encompass all the reasons prompting individuals to seek safety from harm. These definitions often give rise to contentious debates due to their significant implications for people’s lives, sometimes resulting in adverse consequences. For example:

  • Who qualifies for protection, and what are the five grounds for international protection?
  • Is family reunification an automatic process?
  • Can fleeing from the dire consequences of climate change, including droughts, economic hardship, and poverty, be considered grounds for protection?

SESSION 2: HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE 

In this session, participants will delve into the Human Rights perspective, emphasizing that Human Rights are universal, yet real-world human rights violations remain prevalent. It is noteworthy that policies and practices related to migration often run counter to established human rights standards. The concept of the “right to have rights” is frequently a subject of debate, with rights even being called into question by the very politicians responsible for ensuring them. Civil society organizations anchor their efforts in a rights-based approach, upholding the binding agreements to which States have committed. Nonetheless, fundamental rights are systematically denied to migrants and asylum seekers, even within the broader European Union. This raises the question: are the European Convention on Human Rights and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR) genuinely binding, or are they merely ideals?

Furthermore, we need to contextualize the Rights-Based Approach and the expectations it generates within the contemporary landscape of transnational social connections, diaspora communities, and the digitalized world we now inhabit, where relationships are no longer confined by national borders or identities. We will also discuss the “Paris Syndrome” in relation to the topics mentioned and the necessity of distinguishing between ensuring access to rights for all and acknowledging the expectations and realities faced by migrant individuals, including asylum seekers, upon their arrival in the European Union. As a case study, we will present and discuss the issue of unaccompanied children regularly going missing within the European Union, underscoring these troubling contradictions.

SESSION 3: GLOBALISATION and INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Understanding the intricate historical context is paramount for interpreting present geopolitical scenarios and contemplating future predictions that carry a grim outlook. For example, it is projected that by 2050, an additional two million people will require food, signifying a 56% increase from 2010. Furthermore, 40% of the Earth’s land is arid, and rising temperatures are set to exacerbate this issue, rendering entire regions, like the Sahel, uninhabitable. This is a significant driving force behind the ongoing land acquisitions, whether by nations or billionaires. Although climate change is not yet recognized as grounds for international protection, it is widely anticipated to be a major catalyst for future wars, forced displacement, and migration, and this could unfold within our own lifetimes. The ongoing ravages of wars further contribute to these already catastrophic scenarios.

In this session, we will explore the interconnectedness of climate change, food (and water) security, and conflicts, drawing examples from Darfur, Syria, Yemen, and Ukraine. We will also briefly touch on International Development thinking from the migration perspective, underscoring the often overlooked and missed opportunities presented by diaspora communities. We will discuss our own experience of emigration as Maltese, serving as a case in point.

The UN Secretary-General’s Report “Our Common Agenda,” published in 2021, highlights the breakdown of trust at both the local and international levels as a major area of concern. Commitment 6 seeks to address this by urging the international community to commit to building trust. While the report primarily focuses on international relations, it also underscores trust as a shared underlying issue at the national level. Commitment 6 places emphasis on “envisioning the future together,” aligning with Pope Francis’ chosen theme for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees 2023.

Participants will also gain insight into the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a specific focus on SDG 10, which aims to reduce inequalities among populations, with particular reference to migrant communities, and underscores the need to strengthen community ties for resilient futures.

SESSION 4: SECURITY PERSPECTIVE

In the past decade or so, the discourse surrounding security has taken centre stage in public discussions, with politicians and far-right groups often employing it as the dominant narrative when addressing migrants, especially asylum seekers attempting to reach European countries. Regrettably, this narrative frequently dehumanizes migrants. While security issues are undeniably important and legitimate threats exist, the evidence indicates that the direct link between individuals seeking international protection and security threats is often more populistic than evidence-based. Such discourse is often underpinned by racist and racialized arguments, as well as xenophobic sentiments influenced by a form of “orientalism.”

While national security is undoubtedly a valid concern, the question arises: are those arriving by boat truly a threat? The European Union has faced criticism for evolving into a ‘Fortress Europe’ in many respects, one of which is adopting a more defensive approach to border management. In this session, we will investigate the genuine threats to both national and European security. We will also explore whether irregular migration is indeed the core threat or if it is a convenient scapegoat that politicians employ within the broader context of geopolitical conflicts and trade negotiations.

SESSION 5: SOCIAL JUSTICE PERSPECTIVE

In this session, participants will explore the longstanding tradition of Roman Catholic Church social teachings, which encompass ways of welcoming and integrating migrant and refugee communities, as well as all minority groups. These teachings underscore the responsibilities that societies, communities, and their cultures bear towards these communities, and they provide insights into what integration should entail from a Roman Catholic perspective.

Throughout this session, participants will gain an understanding of Catholic Social Teaching and the concept of Integral Human Development, and why Pope Francis places such importance on it. This session will also acquaint participants with Catholic Social Teaching as it pertains to migrants and refugees, with a focus on specific circumstances within the Maltese context. Moreover, participants will engage in discussions about the significance of Catholic Social Teaching and how it can be applied at a pastoral level.

This section of the course will also provide a more in-depth exploration of the concept of ‘Integral Human Development’ and its evolution as a concept deeply rooted in the Magisterium of Vatican Council II and as developed by Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Participants will come to understand how Justice underpins these teachings and shapes the relationships we are called to establish and nurture. Catholic Social Teaching, with its emphasis on Integral Human Development, informs Christians about our existential role and purpose on this planet: to become stewards of the Earth and of each other.

During this session, participants will learn about issues such as climate change, economic justice, food security, and how these intersect with forced migration. It will be highlighted that it is a mistake to view these issues as separate problems. Justice (and Truth) serves as the common root problem from which solutions can be derived.

Furthermore, participants will explore the specifics of providing pastoral care for migrants and refugees through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, while employing the concept of intersectionality as a tool and approach. We will discuss how the notion of ‘Integral Human Development’ can help individuals appreciate the inherent interconnections that are inevitable for the human person.

There are TWO exit certificate options:

 Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students that attend at least 80% of all contact hours for this course. 

Certificate of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to students that attend at least 80% of all contact hours for this course and pass from written assessment.

Qualifications: Applicants must possess an MQF level 6 or higher qualification.

Language: Applicants must be proficient in English.

Digital: Applicants must how to access the internet and use a word processor.

Emotional Support In The Community: Basic Skills

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta

The aim of this course is to empower persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector, such as pastoral workers; volunteers; and other persons interested in improving their relationships, with the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes needed whilst interacting with parishioners or other persons. This course introduces pastoral workers or volunteers to helping skills, theories, and approaches.

Through studying and discussing these methods, students become more aware of the tools which help them in their work with different people who come from various cultural and social backgrounds. The course aims to create an opportunity to reflect on the methods they use during their work and relationships and evaluate their work.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • understand the basic helping theories and skills;
  • know how to listen and respond appropriately;
  • be able to support the person emotionally and spiritually;
  • know when to refer a person to professional help.

If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 43%  discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi

Persons who do not have any academic background in the psychological sector. Namely:

  • Persons who listen and accompany colleagues and friends on a regular basis at their workplace, within their family, etc…
  • Pastoral workers, volunteers or those who come in contact with persons, families in need, or visit residential homes.  
  • Persons who are interested in developing their relationships. 

Target Audience Age: 18+

In this session participants will explore helping skills used during pastoral work, including listening to people, supporting, and validating feelings.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to learn how to be present with people physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • to learn how to help a person feel accepted, understood and not judged.

In this session, the important skill of being empathic when helping people will be discussed. There will be the opportunity to practice this skill during the session. At the same time, the practice of maintaining boundaries will be thoroughly discussed, as having clear and established limits in our work contribute to safe connections.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to become aware of the importance of empathy;
  • to be able to practice ways of empathic communication;
  • to be able to practice self-care through having healthy boundaries.

In this session, the student will become more self-aware; the individual is encouraged to reflect and be aware of his/her strengths, challenges, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions.

 The outcomes of this session are:

  • to be able to engage in reflective practice;
  • to be able to identify one’s strengths and challenges;
  • to be able to bring about changes in the attitudes and ways of working.

In this session, students will be invited to look at their own spiritual life and become aware of how this is manifested and expressed in their personal lives and within the community. It will also investigate cultural varieties and other religious denominations and/or spiritual practices and trends within the parish, and how these influence individual as well as community/parish life, and vice versa. This session will also touch on the notion of spiritual accompaniment and religious practices, how they differ, and how they can complement each other.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • to gain a better understanding of the spirituality as lived in the community;
  • to gain awareness by reflecting on one’s own spiritual lives and discourse and how these can influence the community they are part of;
  • to gain an understanding of the notion of spiritual accompaniment and how this can be put into practice.

In this session, the student will become aware of when s/he should refer a person to professional help, why confidentiality is important when working in a pastoral context and what are the limits to confidentiality.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • to learn and be able to differentiate amongst various helping professionals and services available;
  • to be able to guide and link people to further specialised help when required.

 

The course is delivered in 5 sessions (10 contact hours) over 5 weeks. The 2 hour weekly sessions are held on Mondays between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. at Ta’ Mlit Pastoral Centre. Free parking facilities are available.

Mondays at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DateLecture TitleLecturer
9th OctoberLearning how to listen, contain and validate feelings Mr Joseph Pellicano
16th OctoberLearning how to empathise while keeping healthy boundariesMr Joseph Pellicano
23rd OctoberLearning how to support others emotionallyMr Joseph Pellicano
30th OctoberHow to support others spirituallyMs Marisa Gatt
6th NovemberLearning when, where and how to refer someone to professional helpMr Joseph Pellicano
Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

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

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend all the contact hours;  
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam; 
  • and successfully complete a Case Study Analysis;

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.

Emotional Support: Self Awareness and Self Care

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta
self-awareness and self-care

This is a follow-up course which complements the ‘Emotional Support in the Community: Basic Skills’ course. This course focuses on and encourages the participants to engage in reflective practice, and to enhance the skills of self-awareness. It takes an in-depth look at issues related to transference and countertransference, and how these influence the individuals receiving the service.

The course then delves into the topic of mental health, focusing on supporting people with mental health issues, particularly when it comes to depression and anxiety. The course also aims to create an opportunity to discuss self-care practices, which are crucial to providing the best possible care.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of self-awareness and how to apply it to themselves in a personal and pastoral care context.
  • Define and describe transference and countertransference and what prompts them.
  • Comprehend the meaning of reflective practice, and hence begin to analyse their practices to gain a better understanding of quality service, which ensures a safe and positive working environment.
  • Grasp the concepts of mental health and mental health issues and how they affect daily life.
  • Explore what depression is (and is not) and highlight the difference between ‘normal’ anxiety and anxiety disorders.
  • Understand the importance of taking care of themselves as service providers.

If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 43 %  discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi

The course is highly recommended for:

  • Those who completed Emotional Support in the Community: Basic Skills with the Pastoral Formation Institute. 
  • People who desire to enhance their listening abilities, to improve their relationships with family members, and co-workers.
  • Supportive individuals who wish to care for themselves in the process of helping others.

Target Audience Age: 18+

During their personal commitments, pastoral workers have a variety of experiences that help them better understand themselves.

Knowing oneself and becoming self-aware helps those involved in pastoral work relate to those with whom they are called to be in a relationship more effectively. It’s vital as they strive to treat others’ feelings, points of view, and circumstances with kindness and faithfulness.

In addition to self-awareness, emotional self-awareness encourages pastoral workers to investigate how their emotions influence their pastoral work. Hence, it is vital that they keep their emotions in check.

Countertransference occurs when the person receiving the service triggers the pastoral worker’s unconscious wants, desires, or experiences. In certain circumstances, pastoral professionals may be unaware of the needs or sentiments developing within themselves. As a result, a volunteer or pastoral worker must have good psychological health and emotional maturity.

Due to unresolved feelings, the pastoral worker or volunteer becomes a person from the past for the individual receiving the service through transference. A significant relationship is formed through association when a pastoral worker reminds a layperson of someone who has been a nurturing influence in their life.

Reflective practice in pastoral ministry is associated with an increased awareness of the minister’s own style in service, as well as validation of his or her own ideas. There may be room for constructive challenges to customary practices. This will aid in clarifying the role of the ministry in society.

Reflective practice also assists pastoral workers in identifying their own strengths and limitations and using this knowledge to encourage their peers to enhance their performance or service. Reflection will help the volunteer improve their self-directed learning ability, motivation, and the level of care they can provide.

Because pastoral workers engage with people on a daily basis, it is critical that they are aware of any mental health concerns that may be harming their service users’ well-being. During this session, we will have an overview of mental health concerns that may be affecting individuals we meet through our volunteer work.

As a result, they will recognize that good mental health entails being able to think, feel, and behave in ways that you need and want to live your life. However, if you experience a period of poor mental health, you may find that the ways you often think, feel, or react become difficult, if not impossible, to manage.

During this session, pastoral workers will gain a better understanding of the causes that contribute to depression, as well as how trauma can contribute to it. They will also appreciate the connections between childhood trauma and how adults function with and without depression and anxiety issues. With all this information, pastoral workers will learn how to support these individuals while respecting their autonomy.

There may be a misconception that self-care is unnecessary during pastoral work because a minister is supposed to devote their lives to others with boundless love. However, pastoral workers will become more conscious of the importance of self-care during this session. They are less likely to break boundaries, burn out, or engage in risky behavior if they practice self-care, which helps lower overall stress and helps them achieve balance. They are becoming more aware that when they take care of themselves, they are also taking care of others.

 

The course is delivered in 6 sessions (12 contact hours) over 6 weeks. The 2-hour weekly sessions are held on Mondays between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Ta’ Mlit Pastoral Centre. Free parking facilities are available.

Mondays at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DateLecture Title
15.01.2024 Understanding Self-Awareness. 
22.01.2024 Discussing Transference and Countertransference. 
29.01.2024 Understanding the Concept of Reflective Practice and Learning to Reflect on Our Work.
05.02.2024 Understanding Mental Health and Supporting People with Mental Health Issues.
19.02.2024 Working with People Dealing with Depression and Anxiety.
26.02.2024 Appreciating and Practicing Self-Care.
Certification:  

This course offers three exit certificate options

1. Certificate of Attendance

To receive a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours.

2. Certificate of Participation

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

3. Certificate of Achievement

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  • attend all minimum of 80% of the contact hours;
  • pass the short multiple-choice online exam;
  • and successfully complete a Case Study Analysis.

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always strive to evaluate applications based on academic potential. We consider a diverse range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other relevant experiences and skills.

Language Skills: A basic understanding of both Maltese and English.

Digital Skills: Proficient in internet access and word processing.

Emotional Support: Introducing Helping Skills to Service Providers

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta

This course aims to provide emotional support skills to workers in the service industry with jobs that require them to work directly with people on an individual level, such as hairdressers, beauticians, and more. To maintain a positive relationship in the service industry, workers are faced with the inevitable task of supporting their clients in the problems and experiences they may feel comfortable sharing with them.

Empathy, affection, and care are all forms of emotional support that the clients may need. According to research, the most effective strategy for engaging customers is to go beyond customer satisfaction and connect with them on an emotional level, which plays a larger role in meeting deeper emotional demands. Following this training, participants will be more aware of how to assist their customers on an emotional level while maintaining appropriate boundaries, valuing self-care, and being able to refer to other professionals.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • improve their listening and assist colleagues and/or clients at work;
  • accompany with others while containing their emotions;
  • know when and how to refer patients for additional assistance;
  • build a sense of familiarity among their staff and consumers.
  • People whose work requires them to listen to and support colleagues and/or clients.
  • Service providers who have direct contact with their clients and spend a significant amount of time with them.
  • Service providers who want to strengthen their interactions with their clients and colleagues.
  • Employers who seek to foster a sense of familiarity among their employees and customers.

Target Audience Age: 18+

It is not necessary for attendees to have any academic background in the psychological sector.

This session aims to provide more awareness to service providers regarding the importance of emotional connections when developing relationships with customers,  encouraging customer loyalty and a good overall reputation.  

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • to define ‘emotion’ and be conscious of how one interacts with their own feelings.
  • to be aware that a person can communicate by expressing their emotions.

In this session,  participants learn about listening, supporting, and validating feelings as helping skills. By simply being present, participants learn how to lay the groundwork for additional support and assist one another.

The learning outcomes of this session are:
  • Learning how to be present with people physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • Learning how to help a person feel accepted, understood, and not judged.

The crucial skill of empathy is tackled in this session. Participants learn to be aware of the fundamental requirements for providing assistance, showing unconditional positive regard and empathy while being congruent.  

 The outcomes of this session are:

  • Becoming aware of the importance of empathy.
  • Being sincere, genuine, and honest with their customers.
  • Adopting a perspective of complete acceptance and love, whether for oneself or another.

This session will delve into the practice of upholding boundaries. Setting boundaries at work allows us to foster safe connections while being aware of our interactions with others and ourselves.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • Being able to practice self-care by establishing healthy boundaries.
  • Being aware of the various boundary types that preserve a good relationship while protecting participants from their customers.

During this session,  participants learn when to refer someone to professional help . Participants learn the difference between respecting the customers’ confidentiality and when it is necessary to disclose certain information for the benefit of their well-being.

The outcomes of this session are:
  • Learning and being able to differentiate between various helping professionals and services available;
  • Being able to guide and refer people to more specialised help when needed.

 

The course is delivered in 5 sessions (10 contact hours) over 5 weeks. The 2 hour weekly sessions are held on Mondays between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. at Ta’ Mlit Pastoral Centre. Free parking facilities are available.

Mondays: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DateLecture Title
21st AugustRecognising the Value of Strong Emotional Bonds with Customers
28th AugustLearning how to listen, contain, and validate customers’ feelings.
4th SeptemberHow to Demonstrate Empathy while Listening to Customers
11th SeptemberLearning to maintain healthy boundaries while remaining emotionally connected to customers.
18th SeptemberKnowing when, where, and how to refer someone to a professional.
Certification:  

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend all the course contact hours. 

2. Certificate of Participation

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

3. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend a minimum of 80% of all course contact hours;  
  • successfully complete the course`s assessments (short multiple-choice exam & case study analysis)

Teaching and Awarding Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

Qualifications: Every application will be considered on its individual merits. The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of qualifications, and we always try to judge applications on the basis of academic potential. We do consider a very wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications, as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.

Language: Primary level understanding of Maltese and English.

Digital: Knows how to access the internet and use a word processor.