Online Courses


Art Therapy


Art therapy is a medium which uses art to enable children to express their thoughts and feelings through art. Art therapy for children can be used to help a  child cope with a major life event, such as a serious medical illness, loss of a  parent, or the death of a loved one. Children do not need to be good at art making to be able to engage in Art Therapy. 

Art therapy is known to: 

  • Increase communication skills 
  • Improve self-esteem and self-awareness 
  • Enhance problem-solving abilities 
  • Enable the children to have a different perspective on certain problems · Reduce feelings of depression, stress and anxiety 

These online sessions are free of charge and designed for children aged between 5-7; 8-10; 11-12; 13-16. The children will be divided into different age groups and the sessions will be tailor-made according to age. 

The programme is made up of a total of 8 sessions and each session is 75 mins long. The sessions will be virtual and will be held on the digital platform ‘zoom’.  The course is due to start in October. Days and time are yet to be confirmed. 

Course facilitator 

Ms Savona Ventura has been working with children and adolescents at Mater Dei  Hospital for the last 7 years and has developed a special interest and passion in creative therapies and techniques that help the child or adolescent deal with any arising issues that may be present. As a practicing artist herself, she believes that art provides a window to the internal status of an individual and together with other modalities such as mindfulness and psychotherapeutic interventions it can be an effective tool to create balance and wellbeing. Her passion for mindfulness and creative practices has led her to certification with the Yoga  Alliance International as a kid’s yoga instructor through which she is able to help children by guiding them on how to creatively cope with their inner emotions. 

Ms Stef Savona Ventura is a warranted health psychologist working at the 

Psychology Department at Mater Dei Hospital and a lecturer at the University of  Malta, while also forming part of the team at Karl Vella Foundation. Ms Savona Ventura is currently furthering her studies by reading for a PhD at the  University of Malta in health psychology, specializing in creative art techniques in childhood and adolescence. 

To apply please click below:  

https://bit.ly/2QTgPxl

Art Therapy online course

Crafting our stories


Do your children love to tell stories? This is an amazing opportunity for those who would like to become storytellers one day! During the course we will learn and explore: 

  • How to enhance our imagination 
  • How to craft our stories 
  • How to plot, set the scene, create realistic characters and write good dialogue 
  • And lots more... 

 

This online course is free of charge and designed for children aged between 5-7; 8-10; 11-12; 13-16. The children will be divided into different age groups and the sessions will be adapted according to age. 

The course is made up of a total of 8 sessions and each session is 75 mins long. The sessions will be virtual and will be held on the digital platform ‘zoom’. The course is due to start in October. Days and time are yet to be confirmed. 

Course facilitator 

Mark Calleja is a published writer of children ‘oBooks’, adults and adolescents’ books after having studied ‘creative writing’ with the Writers Bureau, Manchester. He was also the winner of the 2018 literary contest of novels for youths with the book ‘Karma Red.’ Mark also enjoyed a long career as a script writer for theatre and TV drama. He currently uses creative writing as a transformative potential tool to bring about a change in the people’s lives for the better. 

To apply please click below: 

https://bit.ly/2FdqfS1 

Crafting our stories online course

Crafting our stories online course

Meditation and Mindfulness


Meditation & Mindfulness is a practise which is becoming more popular everyday among children and adults. 

Mindfulness is a form of self-awareness training. It refers to non-judgmental awareness of moment-to-moment experience. Through mindfulness practice, the children intentionally pay full attention to whatever is occurring in the present moment without judging it hence enabling them to be more open and curious to their experiences. The children learn to observe their thinking and their emotions without becoming ‘them’. In this view, freedom becomes a possibility and enables the child to continue to unfold in his/her life rather than having heavy thoughts and feelings dominating his/her life. Furthermore, it enables children to act with care and consideration rather than reacting impulsively to various stresses. 

The practise is known to: 

  • Strengthen self-control 
  • Lower anxiety and stress levels 
  • Increase positive moods 
  • Improve emotional regulation skills. 
  • Increases self-esteem. 
  • Improves health and body image. 
  • And lots more... 

These online sessions are free of charge and designed for children aged between 11-16 years old. The children will be divided into different age groups and the sessions will be adapted according to age. 

The programme is made up of a total of 8 sessions and each session is 75 mins long. The sessions will be virtual and will be held on the digital platform ‘zoom’. The course is due to start in October. Days and time are yet to be confirmed. 

Course facilitator 

Mark Calleja completed the Master of Science in Professional Development (Consciousness, Spirituality and Transpersonal Psychology). He focused his studies in creativity, shamanistic psychology, meditation & mindfulness, and transpersonal psychotherapy and counselling. The degree programme equipped Mark with a broad range of theory and skills in whole-person development, which he will be able to 

apply broadly in supporting the psycho-spiritual growth and empowerment of adults and young people, enabling them to connect more deeply to their values, interests and passions, and resourcing them to build resilience and motivation to realise their full potential. 

To apply please click here: 

https://bit.ly/2Gsp95j 

Crafting our stories online course


ADDRESS

  • Address:
    Karl Vella Foundation Centre,
    The President's Kitchen Garden,
    St Anthony Street,
    Attard
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.karlvellafoundation.org
  • Phone: +356 2123 7928
  • Registered Voluntary Organisation (V/O 0992)

OUR MISSION

To provide educational and psychological assistance to children in families disrupted by illness

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