Policy, Research and the Development of School Counselling in Malta: Lessons Learnt in a Small-Island Community

  • Marlene Cauchi
  • Ruth Falzon
  • Patricia Micallef
  • Moira Sammut


This paper explores the growth of school counselling in Malta and addresses current issues faced in this small-island community. Counselling has grown considerably on the island in the last 8 to 10 years, having been introduced by the Catholic Church in the 1950s and then taken into schools in the 1970s. Malta regulated the counselling profession in 2015 and is the only European country where counselling is a legally warranted profession requiring Master’s level of training. The University of Malta started organising master’s programmes in 2008, and a new specialist post-master’s certificate in supervision will be offered from October 2017. This chapter celebrates the growth of counselling in a small-island community and addresses current challenges, such as a lack of adequate supervision for counsellors working in schools and insufficient numbers of counsellors in schools. A model for school counselling will be presented for the consideration of readers, as well as focusing on local policy research.



We would like to express our gratitude to school counsellor and pioneer Ms. Carmen Galea, one of the first Maltese school counsellors to read a local diploma in school counselling and who subsequently started her counselling career as a guidance teacher in 1994. She retired as a state school counsellor early this year (2016) and is now working as a school counsellor with the Blossom Foundation (, servicing one state primary school. She is an MACP founding member, an ex-MACP president, an ex-IAC membership chair and a founding member of the Home-Start Malta managing committee. Ms. Galea kindly reviewed our chapter for historical accuracy in a context where some of the content was put together for the first time in the history of Maltese school counselling, using not only publications but also personal experiences within the state school educational system, lectures, CPDs, MACP seminars and MACP annual general meetings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlene Cauchi
    • 1
  • Ruth Falzon
    • 1
  • Patricia Micallef
    • 2
  • Moira Sammut
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Counselling at the University of MaltaMsidaMalta
  2. 2.University of MaltaMsidaMalta

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