Our Team


Julian Xuereb

President


I am a warranted Social Worker (306) trained at the University of Malta and a Certified Parent Coach with ACPI. Over the years, I have gone through further training in youth counselling by the Institute of Counselling. I mentor and coach families and children both within school settings and outside. I also work within sports nurseries/academies to enhance the potential of such settings to address relational and leadership development. I achieve this through either my direct coaching or through consultative services tapping on networks that I have established over the thirty years of sports experience in various roles.


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In a nutshell, I engage with coaches, parents, officials and practitioners to provide an environment within which the psychosocial, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual dimensions are optimized. For the past 20 years I have worked within school settings in the area of Behaviour management. In liaison with other professionals the school trans- disciplinary was set up to ensure that the emerging individual needs of students and or parents are promptly and effectively addressed. I also provide private social work services, social work supervision and parent coaching sessions.


Daniel Mercieca

Vice-President


I trained at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and work as a dramatherapist, supervisor and assistant lecturer. I am registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (reg. no. AS01703) and work in the contexts of out-of-home care, childhood research, social and health care supervision and in private practice. I strive to share and develop my knowledge whilst lecturing on a part-time basis at the University of Malta and am one of the founder members of the Creative Arts Therapies Society in Malta.

I set up a trans-disciplinary therapeutic team that works within the context of out of home care and education. I also learnt a lot from being involved in research projects within the same area of interest. As an arts therapist with a dramatherapy specialization I work with adults and children and offer individual or group therapy.


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Having completed training in integrative relational supervision at the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies, I also offer supervision to health care professionals alongside support group facilitation to professionals in education and social care. At present I am a student at the Institute of Education in London undertaking PhD research on children's perspectives of psychotherapy. I am also an expert member on the National Institute for Childhood within the President's of Malta Foundation for the Well-being of Society.


Cathy Peric


I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist, practising as an Gestalt Executive Coach. I have an academic background in Business Management, Public Policy, Gestalt Psychotherapy and Psychology. I have worked primarily within the business, health and education sectors with the main focus primarily being on people - big and small.


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In the field of business, I have worked in culture and the arts, tourism and financial sevices sector, as a freelancer, business owner and talent manager. Within the health sector, I focused on the area of substance abuse as experienced by the individuals and their families. In the educational sector I worked in a school as the school counsellor and pastoral care co-ordinator where I focused on nurturing children’s social and emotional learning as a manner of increasing their awareness in the here and now with the aim of enabling them to make proactive choices in their lives.

I have a keen interest in awareness of both self and others as the basis for development and realisation of our potential as human beings. Awareness helps us to identify how our thoughts, feelings and beliefs support or interrupt our ability to become all that we can be and I am particularly interested in understanding how our sense of self-efficacy and confidence influences this unfolding of our selves throughout our lives.



Anna Callaby Floridia

Secretary


I have graduated from the University of Malta with a BA (Hons) Social Work degree. After having worked in a NGO with irregular migrants I entered the field of education where the substantial part of my work experience has been. This led me to completing a MEd in Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) with the University of Birmingham, where my specialisation is focused on solution focused therapy and anger management. I have experience in lecturing and tutoring, of learning support assistants on dealing with students experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


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I work in a secondary school as a Support Teacher and SEBD Specialist. My work consists in addressing needs of young people to help improve their overall wellbeing and their academic experience. I intervene both inside and outside classroom settings, with individuals and groups. My work includes the assessment of students presenting challenging behaviour as well as interventions concerning psychoeducation, anger management, self-regulation training and social emotional learning.

Through using positive discipline as an approach, students are encouraged to behave in a prosocial manner and be active participants in their education. I hold the view that learning can be a therapeutic experience for students and so, I work with students and with the educational community to optimise students' learning potential. This involves work directed towards building students' competencies and liaison with the educational community in implementing strategies to achieve the desired goals.



Daniel Schembri


I am presently the Head of Senior School at a leading local independent school in Malta. I have a background in Social Work, Workplace Mediation and Education. I am currently in my final year of a degree course for School Leaders and have now embarked on an action research course for school leaders which will lead to a master’s degree in coaching, communication and problem solving.


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I have a flair for training particularly in the areas of leadership, executive coaching, reflective practice, employee motivation, challenging behaviour, conflict management, communication and mediation. I have held a key coordinating and delivery role with SHIFT an organisation assisting schools across Malta with pastoral responses for teachers, students and parents. For seven years I held roles of Pastoral Coordinator and Discipline Coordinator at middle management level at another prominent local Independent School. I have experience in Behavior Management, School Pastoral Care Team, and the leadership of a number of teams such as the Level Coordinators and Support Staff.

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