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Award in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults – DTP

  Dar tal-Providenza
Safeguarding Others
MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 4, as Further Education Programme.

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The intended learning outcomes:

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

  1. familiarise themselves with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

Dar tal-Providenza employees and volunteers

CodeMode of DeliveryValue
PFE/SCA4-23Blended Learning1 ECTS

The course is delivered over 5 contact hours. These 5 hours are delivered over two sessions:

  1. 3 hours – In person session (Face-to-Face Learning)
  2. 2 hours – recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal (Blended Learning)

Students will also be given additional reading material which they can read in their own time.

You may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3-hour, in-person session and (b) 2 hours of recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal.

Course Starting April 2024
Lecturing Period
Mode of DeliveryDate & TimeVenue
In-person23rd April 2024Dar tal-Providenza
Recorded Material23rd – 30th April 2024Recorded videos on the VLE platform
Assessment Period:
AssessmentAvailable FromDue by
Short Multiple-Choice Online Exam30th April 20247th May 2024
Reflective Journal30th April 202430th May 2024

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3-hour, in-person session and (b) 2 hours of recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal.

Course Starting May 2024
Lecturing Period
Mode of DeliveryDate & TimeVenue
In-person7th May 2024Dar tal-Providenza
Recorded Material7th May 2024 – 14th May 2024Recorded videos on the VLE platform
Assessment Period:
AssessmentAvailable FromDue by
Short Multiple-Choice Online Exam14th May 202421st May 2024
Reflective Journal14th May 202414th June 2024

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3-hour, in-person session and (b) 2 hours of recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal.

Course Starting June 2024
Lecturing Period
Mode of DeliveryDate & TimeVenue
In-person4th June 2024Dar tal-Providenza
Recorded Material4th June 2024 – 11th June 2024Recorded videos on the VLE platform
Assessment Period:
AssessmentAvailable FromDue by
Short Multiple-Choice Online Exam11th June 202418th June 2024
Reflective Journal11th June 202411th July 2024

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be rewarded to students who have:

  • attended in-person session
  • watched all the recorded material
  • and did not submit any course assessments.
  1. Certificate of Participation 

A Certificate of Participation* will be rewarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple choice test. (please check the calendar tab above for exam dates)

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

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

  • meet the attendance criteria
  • sit and pass the short multiple-choice online exam (mentioned in point 2),
  • and also submit a written assessment

Click here to view the PFI`s Grading System

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Participation, a student must attend all the contact hours and successfully conclude the assessment/s.

EQF/MQF Level: Level 4

Accreditation Category: Further Education Programme

Total ECTS: 2 ECTS

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award 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 Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 4, as Further Education Programme.

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.


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.

Award in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Safeguarding Others
MQF

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 4, as Further Education Programme.

This short course will assist employees and volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

The intended learning outcomes:

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

  1. familiarise themselves with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 33%  discount on this course. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi

  • Employees who work with children and vulnerable adults
  • Employees who handle children and vulnerable adults` data
  • Volunteers who work with children and vulnerable adults
  • Volunteers who handle children and vulnerable adults` data.
CodeMode of DeliveryValue
PFE/SCA4-23Blended Learning1 ECTS

The course is delivered over 5 contact hours. These 5 hours are delivered over two sessions:

  1. 3 hours – In person session (Face-to-Face Learning)
  2. 2 hours – recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal (Blended Learning)

Students will also be given additional reading material which they can read in their own time.

You may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

Each course is delivered over two sessions; (a) 3-hour, in-person session and (b) 2 hours of recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal.

May 2024
Lecturing Period
Mode of DeliveryDate & TimeVenue
In-person11th May 2024Ta’ Mlit Pastoral Centre, Mosta
Recorded Material11th – 20th May 2024Recorded videos on the VLE platform
Assessment Period:
AssessmentAvailable FromDue by
Short Multiple-Choice Online Exam11th May 2024Monday 27th May 2024
Reflective Journal11th May 2024Thursday 27th June 2024

This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be rewarded to students who have:

  • attended in-person session
  • watched all the recorded material
  • and did not submit any course assessments.
  1. Certificate of Participation 

A Certificate of Participation* will be rewarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple choice test. (please check the calendar tab above for exam dates)

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

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

  • meet the attendance criteria
  • sit and pass the short multiple-choice online exam (mentioned in point 2),
  • and also submit a written assessment

Click here to view the PFI`s Grading System

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Participation, a student must; attend all the contact hours and successfully conclude the assessment/s.

EQF/MQF Level: Level 4

Accreditation Category: Further Education Programme

Total ECTS: 2 ECTS

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award 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 Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 4, as Further Education Programme.

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.


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.

The Priest as an Emotional Support Giver

  Ta` Mlit, Mosta

The priest’s and the consecrated person’s main gift to their people is their availability, presence and the ability to spend time with them. Thus, they will also be involved in people’s lives as they experience challenges and difficulties. This course focuses on the relationship between the priest and laity; how this relationship may be developed in a healthy way and ultimately, how the priest can emotionally support the laity safely. Through self-awareness and self-reflection, the priest becomes more conscious of how he works, which is important for him to provide the best possible service to the community.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Understand the working context with which the relationship between the priest and the people develops.
  • Value the experience of being with other people.
  • Comprehend the ambiguity surrounding priesthood and counselling.
  • Appreciate the challenge of maintaining boundaries.
  • Be aware of ethical issues.
  • Recognise the importance of self-care.

The course is intended for priests who give emotional support in their pastoral ministry. 

Target Audience Age: 18+

The question of who the priest is poses critical concerns when discussing personal and professional identity. We will investigate whether there is a link between the priest’s personal identity and his priestly identity and analyse the role of the priest in modern culture. The priest oversees a vast range of responsibilities, realities, and ministries, and is present with many people from various backgrounds. Being present with the people is an essential part of the priest’s pastoral ministry, and without specific talents, the priest may feel fatigued, unsatisfied, and possibly incapable of meeting people’s needs. We will discuss what perceptions people have of priests and whether such perceptions are consistent with their roles.

Trustworthiness is critical for spiritual leaders and the reputation of a Church. Priests must inspire loyalty and keep their promises, avoid exploiting people’s vulnerabilities, model character, and keep sensitive information private. To maintain trust and trustworthiness, confidentiality is required. Priests should follow a set of guidelines designed to help people improve their decision-making skills and distinguish between right and wrong when the line is blurred. Many priests struggle with their role as a counsellor due to a lack of therapeutic skills and theoretical perspectives. We will gain a better understanding of how Catholic priests deliver such sessions and what they consider beneficial or unsuccessful.

The priest must maintain appropriate boundaries with the laity to protect the relationship. This includes maintaining a psychological distance and being aware of the conventions, regulations, or codes that characterise an individual’s personal space or environment. Healthy boundaries provide individuals with a nurturing and safe physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual environment. During the session, we will discover more about three types of limits: time boundaries, space boundaries, and emotional boundaries. We will be more aware that setting boundaries is critical to self-care. Another aspect of self-care is leisure. It is possible to believe that leisure is an escape from responsibility, but leisure should pervade all aspects of a priest’s life and service.

 

The course is delivered in 3 sessions (6 contact hours) over 3 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.

Monday at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DateLecture Title
13th NovemberRecognise how the priest’s role in today’s setting fulfils his identity while valuing the experience of being with other people.
20th NovemberRecognise ethical issues while understanding the ambiguity of priesthood and counselling
27th NovemberRecognise the value of self-care as well as the difficulty of maintaining boundaries.
Certification:  

This course has two exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

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

2. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

  • attend all contact hours;  
  • and successfully complete the course`s assessment (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.

Course in Spiritual Direction for Priests

  Rivotorto Retreat House, Birkirkara
Priest spiritual directing a woman

This course gives a brief outline of the development of Spiritual Direction throughout Church History.

It aims to give a better understanding of the movements of the Spirit and to delve deeper into the process of discernment of the will of God in day-to-day decisions. This course helps in building a better personal relationship with God within different contexts which the director and/or directee may encounter in daily life. Apart from the theoretical part, this course gives practical skills to understand better the way the Spirit of God leads the person.

At the end of the course the priest will be able to make a clear distinction between spiritual direction and other roles within the ministry itself; consolidate where necessary such practices and give insights for better accompaniment in the priests’ ministry as Spiritual Directors.

It is a course that the director will benefit from both on a personal level and in his ministry when accompanying the directee.

This course is intended for priests who accompany persons in Spiritual Direction.

Target Audience Age: 18+

6th November 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Welcoming introduction
and Sharing of Experiences
Rev. Ronnie Zammit
Session 2: The difference between Pastoral Mentoring,
Confession, and Spiritual Direction
Rev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 3: ExperiencesRev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 4: Spiritual Direction from the Sources of
Tradition: the needs which arose throughout
the years and the dynamics addressed in
relation to spiritual direction
Mr Natalino Camilleri

7th November 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Different prayer methodsRev. Prof. Mark Sultana
Session 2: Spiritual movements: the different
experiences which the human being passes through
Rev. Prof. Mark Sultana

8th November 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Welcoming introduction
and sharing of experiences
Rev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 2: Living our faith throughout
the different stages of life:
the call to mature discipleship
Rev. Dr Jimmy Bonnici
Session 3: The Dynamics and Interior
struggle of our interior life
Rev. Christopher Vella SJ

20th November 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Spiritual discernment: the spiritual movementsRev. Christopher Vella SJ
Session 2: Rules of Discernment of Spirits – First WeekRev. Christopher Vella SJ
Session 3: The Importance of Desires Rev. Christopher Vella SJ
Session 4:Rules of discernment of Spirits – Second WeekRev. Christopher Vella SJ

21st November 2023

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Discerning in the process of spiritual direction: discerning God’s will in daily life or in taking important decisionsRev. Christopher Vella SJ
Session 2: Some Ignatian Exercises that Help in making choices Rev. Christopher Vella SJ
Session 3: Three times for doing an electionRev. Christopher Vella SJ
Session 4:Suggestions by St Ignatius on dealing with the discerning personRev. Christopher Vella SJ

15th January 2024

Session TitleSpeaker
Listening and Communication skills
(psychological & spiritual level in the director & directee)
Rev. Alfred Micallef SJ
& Ms Jenny Zammit

16th January 2024

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: A Short and Quick History of Spiritual DirectionRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 2: What is Spiritual Direction?Rev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 3: Myself as a Spiritual DirectorRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 4: Bill`s CaseRev. Alfred Micallef SJ

5th February 2024

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Director Directee RelationshipRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 2:  The Spiritual InterviewRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 3: Blockages in PrayerRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 4: Psychological Dynamics in Spiritual DirectionRev. Alfred Micallef SJ

6th February 2024

Session TitleSpeaker
Session 1: Feelings in Interpersonal Relationships PCRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 2: God TalkRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 3: Dealing with GuiltRev. Alfred Micallef SJ
Session 4: Accompanying the Sick and the DyingRev. Alfred Micallef SJ

 

Certification:

This course has two exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance is received if one attends all the contact hours of this course. 

or

  1. Certificate of Achievement  

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  • attend all the contact hours
  • and successfully complete an assignment/journal/presentation or case study analysis.

Assessment: Written assignment at the end of the course.

Final Award: Accompaniment in Spiritual Direction for Priests

PFI Level: Level 5

Duration: 4 months part-time (54 hours)

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.

Pastoral Initiatives in Lent

The participants will engage in preparations for the imminent Lenten season, during which the Diakonia, spiritual, and cultural dimensions of this significant period in the Church will be emphasized and explored. This preparation aims to equip and enrich them for their pastoral roles in their respective parishes and communities, enabling them to guide others effectively on their journey during this special time of grace.

Upon acquiring new insights and skills, participants will be encouraged to collaborate with their parish priests in organizing and planning a schedule for Lent for their respective groups. This collaborative effort seeks to ensure a well-rounded and meaningful Lenten experience for the parish community, incorporating elements of Diakonia, spirituality, and culture to foster a deeper connection with the season’s spiritual significance.

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.

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

Target Audience Age: 18+

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

DateSession
10th January 2023Culture in Lent
17th January 2023Spirituality in Lent
24th January 2023Diakonia & Prayer Experiences

This course has two exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

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

  1. Certificate of Achievement  

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  • attend a minimum 80% of all contact hours
  • pass written assessment

Language: Applicants must be fluent in Maltese and have basic proficiency in English.

Digital: Applicants must be digitally literate, especially on how to access the internet and use office suites.

Seminar: Safeguarding – Adults Working with Minors

  Ta' Mlit Pastoral Centre
Safeguarding Minors

This full-day seminar will assist all those who work with children and handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children. Throughout the seminar, participants will:

  • Obtain more awareness on the subject of safeguarding.
  • Gain knowledge on how to create healthier environments, especially with minors.
  • Be able to promote healthier relationships in pastoral work.
  • Discuss and draw concrete solutions to preventing abuse.

If you are a registered pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Malta, you can benefit from a 25%  discount on this seminar. The course fee includes lunch. Start your application process as a pastoral worker on parrocci.knisja.mt/pfi

Adults working with minors, especially:

  • Individuals who assist in children’s mass/liturgy
  • Individuals involved in leadership of altar boy groups
  • Individuals involved in the leadership of parish commission for children
  • Individuals involved in the leadership of children’s choir
  • Individuals involved in catechism
Date & TimeSession Title
Saturday 18th November 2023 8:30 am – 2:30 pmSession 1: Introduction to Safeguarding
Session 2: Health Relationships and Safe Boundaries
Session 3: Way Forward

This seminar has three exit certificate options: 

Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who have:

  • attended all contact hours

Certificate of Participation

A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to students who have:

  • attended all contact hours
  • and successfully completed short multiple-choice exam

Certificate of Achievement 

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded to students who have:

  • attended all contact hours
  • successfully completed short multiple choice exam
  • and submit a written assessment

Qualifications

The Pastoral Formation Institute accepts a wide range of academic, vocational, and professional qualifications as well as work and other appropriate experiences and skills.

Language Skills

Primary level understanding of Maltese and English is required.

Digital Skills

Ability to use the internet and use a word processor is required.

Every application will be considered on its individual merits and evaluated on the basis of academic potential.

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
December6th

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

Certification:  

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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Leadership in the context of Consecrated Life

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

The aim of the course is to train Consecrated persons in the realm of Leadership. This requires being endowed and flanked with the psychospiritual, group dynamics and various Leadership skills that are touchstones in the course. The course is enriched by a balance between lectures and workshops.

At the end of the course, the participants will have the experience of a half-day spiritual retreat in order to ponder further on the creative and important aspects of spirituality in the realm of modern leadership.

 

Applications close at noon on 12th April 2023
 

 

  • Solemn /Perpetual Professed Consecrated persons.

Target Audience Age: 18+

 
Leadership Skills  

Taking care of oneself and knowing oneself well is crucial to be an effective leader.  Hence the importance of Intrapersonal skills.  However, we do not live in a vacuum, so having the right interpersonal skills is a huge asset to be able to lead people in the best and most effective way possible.  

 
Psycho-spiritual journey 

 Christian Leadership is precisely Christian, i.e., Christ-like. Our leadership is modelled on Christ, ‘who emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant’, (Phil 2:7).  His authority communicates integrity.  His leadership unfolds in unity with the other members of the Trinitarian Community.  He is mistakenly judged to be asleep during the storm, while in fact, He is the one most awake.  His awareness offers a serving authority that challenges, heals, encourages and exposes; away from the need to dominate, impose or dishearten.     

Our course will be taking us on an interactive psycho-spiritual journey to get a feel of what Christian leadership is all about.   It will touch on core human values, as foundation stones on which this leadership holds firm.  

 
 Group dynamics  

 An essential part of leadership is understanding how groups work. Community living, pastoral ministry, and other pastoral environments often ask for a better knowledge of how teams work, how organisations develop over time, and how people interact with each other in a community or group. Group dynamics, structure, roles and development will thus be the main focus of this session.  

Wednesdays from 16:15 – 19:15

Dates

Session Title

Name of Lecturer

19th April

Psycho-Spiritual Dimension in Consecrated Life  especially from the aspect of Leadership – Part 1

Rev. Charlie Said, Sdb

26th April

Group Dynamics in the context of leadership in consecrated life

Rev. Frankie Cini, Mssp

3rd May

Leadership skills and Avoiding Burn Out – Part1

Guest Speakers

10th May

Psycho-Spiritual Dimension in Consecrated Life  especially from the aspect of Leadership – Part 2

Rev. Charlie Said, Sdb

17th May

Leadership skills and Avoiding Burn Out – Part 2

Guest Speakers

24th May

Psycho-Spiritual Dimension in Consecrated Life  especially from the aspect of Leadership – Part 3

Rev. Charlie Said, Sdb

31st May

Leadership skills and Avoiding Burn Out – Part 3

Guest Speakers

TBA

Retreat

Rev. Colin Sammut, OFM Conv.

Concluding with a half-day retreat on a Saturday.

The date and venue will be discussed and decided together with the participants

Certification:  

This course has two exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, students must attend a minimum of 80% contact hours for this course. 

   2. Certificate of Achievement 

To obtain a Certificate of Achievement, students must: 

      • attend a minimum of 80% contact hours

      • & successfully complete a written assignment.

 

Attendance: minimum 80% to receive a certificate


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: Proficient in Maltese.

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

Safeguarding Seminar for Clergy

  Parish Centre (Hall), Santa Lucija
priest talking to child

This seminar aims to equip priests (and brothers) with the necessary safeguarding tools for their work in the community. By familiarising themselves with the key principles of safeguarding, priests can learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.

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

  1. familiarise themselves with safeguarding policies
  2. understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. know the disclosures of abuse
  5. identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. practice professional boundaries
  7. know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help
Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us on [email protected]
  • Diocesan Priests
  • Religious Order Priests
  • Religious Order Brothers

3-hour in-person seminar. The PFI will be offering this seminar on six different dates, you may find all the dates in the Calendar section below.

Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us on [email protected]

Certificate: Certificate of Attendance*

*To obtain a Certificate of Attendance, a student must; attend all the contact hours.

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award 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.

Consecrated Life in Ecclesial Magisterium and Canon Law

  Archdiocese of Malta, Calcedonius Square, Floriana

Licence Number: 2013-FHI-028

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 Ecclesial Magisterium and Canon Law. 

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the participants will:

  • become aware of what the teachings of the magisterium and of Canon Law in the realm of consecrated life are;
  • be able to reflect, analyse and synthesise the applicability of Canon Law in various circumstances through workshops and case studies
 
Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us at [email protected]

 

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

Target Audience Age: 18+

Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us at [email protected]

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

Currently, enrolment is not open for this course. For further information contact us at [email protected]

Wednesdays at 16:30 – 18:30

September28th
October5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
November2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
December7th, 14th

Concluding with a half-day retreat on a Saturday.

The date and venue will be discussed and decided together with the participants

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 Reflective Journal of at least 500 words;


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: Proficient in Maltese and English.

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

Applications for this course are now closed.