Day Services: individualized and structured educational therapeutic programme, delivered by a team of professionals led by the Head of the Learning Hub. Programme includes accredited modules in basic literacy and numeracy, agri-business, pottery, woodwork, emotional literacy, life skills and media literacy. Day services integrate components from psycho-educational programmes targeting substance use with formal and non-formal education.

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. Services include an admission phase, which helps adolescents to transition into the programme. Following the successful completion of this phase they will be welcomed as fully integrated members of the community.

Psychosocial and Family Services: at Caritas Tal-Ibwar we commit ourselves to welcome, collaborate with and involve the caregivers and family members in the adolescents’ journey. Services include family therapy; individual psychotherapy; psychological sessions and multi family groups. Services also include a holistic assessment offered to day and residential service users integrating psychological, social work and medical aspects.


At Caritas Tal-Ibwar, we meet adolescents where they are and seek to provide them with a professional substance use treatment. The following models guide this trauma-informed and family-focused treatment:

Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework

This is an overall framework within the three main areas of service delivery for interventions with adolescents who have faced multiple adverse life experiences, including complex trauma. It informs our way of being and guides our relations. It supports our thinking whether throughout everyday activities or within more focused interventions. ARC focuses on building secure attachments, enhancing self-regulatory capabilities, and increasing competencies across multiple domains. Every staff member at Caritas Tal-Ibwar is trained in the ARC framework. “It informs our way of being and guides our relations. It also supports our thinking whether throughout everyday activities or within more focused interventions".

Seven Challenges®

Seven Challenges is a programme which guides interventions carried out by therapeutic facilitators, psycho-social professionals and educators. It is designed to motivate adolescents to evaluate their lives, consider changes they may wish to make, and then succeed in implementing the desired changes. The programme helps adolescents to address their problematic substance use, their co-occurring life skill deficits, and other situational problems.


Referrals are accepted from entities such as: 

Social Welfare Agencies

Entities within the criminal justice system

Education agencies

Families & Individuals

Other Organisations

Eligibility Criteria

  • 12 to 17 year-old.
  • Engaging in problematic substance use.
  • Availability of an alternative back-up residential placement (can be family home) in case of premature departure from the programme.
  • Plan for identifying exit placement once the programme is completed.
  • Ability to contribute to and benefit from a therapeutic community either as day care or residential. 

Processing of referrals

After the receipt of the complete referral and all relevant documents regarding care and custody, results of the assessment will be communicated to the involved professionals on average within three weeks