Information for Family Members


At Caritas Tal-Ibwar we deliver a holistic service to adolescents and their care givers or families.  We believe that the best way to meet a young person’sneeds is to collaborate with their families or care givers. The most effective way to ensure safety and well-being is to provide services that involve, strengthen, and support families from the very beginning of the adolescent’s journey at Tal-Ibwar.

At Caritas Tal-Ibwar we offer three types of services:

Day Services: an individualised and structured educational programme delivered by a team of educators led by the Head of the Learning Hub.

Residential Services: 24-hour care, 7 days a week led by the Head of Residential Unit coordinating a team of therapeutic facilitators and domestic staff. The Residential quarters include different amenities such as an assault course, multipurpose turf pitch and a clinic.

Psychosocial and Family Services: holistic assessment and interventions delivered by a psychologist, a social worker, a counsellor, a family therapist and a psychiatrist


Milieu Therapy

In a home-like facility where everyday events are opportunities for therapeutic growth encouraging healthier ways of thinking and behaving.

Sessions aim to address issues adolescents and their caregivers present within the context of their relationships with others.

Individual Psychotherapist

Key Working Sessions

Each adolescent at Tal-Ibwar will be assigned a key worker who will accompany the adolescent in their journey towards well being.

In these groups adolescents. In these groups adolescents will be invited to participate in thearpeutic art activities with a trained professional

Creative arts therapy

Social Work Sessions & Interventions

Are delivered to both adolescents and caregivers/significant others. They aim to provide a safe space in order to reach a better quality of life

In this safe space caregivers and family members will be able to share and process their experiences in relation to substance use.

Family Support groups

Family Therapy

By focusing on interactions amongst family members, family therapy can help improve communication and resolve conflicts.

Are offered to adolescents attending the day or residential programme. These accredited courses include media studies, outdoor education, caterin and hospitaity, agribusiness, woodwork, pottery and also core curricular subjects, i.e. English, Maltese and Mathematics

Accredited Courses

Wilderness Therapy

Challenge the adolescents’ limits through outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and camping

Aim to deliver information and help adolescents and family members / care givers to develop various skills.

Skills building groups


Team games at the multipurpose pitch, physical training at the assault course and yoga

  • Information & skills development groups aim to deliver information and help individuals to develop skills.  
  • Support groupsoffer a place to share and reflect on the “family experience” through support & understanding.  
  • Social work interventionshelp to identify needs, problems and strengths to bring about change together.  
  • Family therapy offers a space where family members meet each other and their therapist.
  • Individual therapy, a space where one can explore feelings, thoughts, beliefs and behaviours.

At Tal-Ibwar we offer various interventions aimed at supporting family members to cope with an adolescent who is experiencing problematic substance use. Family therapy can support family members to develop or sustain a healthy and functional family life. Amongst other, it can help improve communication and resolve conflicts. Other family interventions at Tal-Ibwar are guided by the 5-Step Method.

What is the 5-Step method?

At Caritas tal-Ibwar we recognise that the needs of family members need to be addressed together with the adolescent. The ‘5-Step Method’, is a brief psychosocial intervention to support family members who have a close relative struggling with an alcohol or drug problem. The programme is based on a Stress-Strain-Coping-Support model.


Support groups offer a safe place to share and process the “family and care giving experience” in relation to substance use. By connecting with others who are going through the same situation one can find support & understanding. Support groups can help you to:

1) Gain hope by realizing that you are not alone

They will often say, “You know, until I went to the group I thought I was the only person in the world with my problem. It’s very powerful when you see others in the group who are further along their road to recovery and who have made great strides toward having happier and healthier lives.

2) Expressing your feelings, reducing distress and increased self-understanding

After you realize you aren’t alone and within a safe and supportive environment, you will begin to feel comfortable sharing your feelings and life circumstances with the group. it’s also common that you will begin to notice a reduced level of overall distress and discomfort. You can also gain better understanding about yourself, your needs and your own unique personality

3) Learning helpful information, improve social skills and help others

Support groups offer lots of practical tips and resources for dealing with identified concerns. You also have a chance to practice social skills and interact more effectively with others. You can also help other group members as you grow and make progress. Others will be affected positively by hearing about your successes and by your kind and caring demeanour.


At Tal-Ibwar we use the word aftercare to refer to all the interventions provided after the completion of the programme. Aftercare provides ongoing support to the adolescent and their significant others, in order to maintain the earlier benefits and goals. We think of aftercare interventions as a crucial line of defence against relapse.

When adolescents complete the programme, they go into employment or are reintegrated back in the education system. Furthermore, where possible the individual will be linked to extracurricular activities. During the last months at the programme each individual should be involved in a planned series of activities designed to foster their independence, confidence, community support networks, access to education, training or employment, continued treatment and permanent housing.