Couple & Family Therapist
Ms. Ruth L. Formosa Ventura
Zurich, Switzerland
Professional Experience


IN SWITZERLAND

SInce 2011, established my private practice offering couple and family therapy to English and Italian speaking families and couples. 

I also provide services to the 'Foundations for Learning' in Zurich. This is a non profit organization that seeks to offer a holistic approach to student's learning.
I am on the list of recommended professionals at Zurich International School. 


IN MALTA

2006 - 2009: Established my private practice.

1995 - 2009: Family Therapy Service (FTS), Appogg, Foundation for Social Welfare Services

During the period of 2004 to 2007,  I was Co-ordinator of the Family Therapy Service.  During the year 2003  I was promoted Senior Practitioner.
As part of  my role I attended to administrative duties, supported staff professional and personal development, supervised university undergraduate students on clinical placements and other colleagues within the agency as well as managed caseload and clinical practice. 

CLINICAL SUPERVISION

2004 - 2009: Clinical Supervisor to university students reading a degree in psychology, school counsellor, social workers at the Foundation for Social Welfare Services, counsellors and trainee counsellors at Cana Movement (a voluntary Catholic organization offering counselling to families and couples). 


RELEVANT TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Part-time Teaching at the University of Malta
2012:  Lecturer on the Masters Programme in Family Therapy/Systemic Practice2007- 2008: Taught Systemic Family Therapy to students reading a degree in Nursing at the Institute of Health Care.
2008: Taught Systemic Couple Therapy to students reading a Masters Programme in Counselling.
1999- 2007 : Taught Inter-personal and Intra-personal skills, Sexuality and Group skills to undergraduate students. Facilitated tutorials for undergraduate students’ voluntary clinical placements. 
2006 -2008 : Taught Family Mediation in Malta to undergraduate students. 

Family Therapy Teaching Experience
2007- 2009: Co-ordinating Tutor, tutor and assessor Postgraduate Diploma Course in Systemic Thinking, accredited Tavistock, London course. 
2000- 2009 : Assessor on Postgraduate Certificate Course in Systemic Thinking, accredited Tavistock , London course.
1997- 1999 : Organizing tutor, tutor and assessor on the Introductory Course in Family Therapy and Systemic Thinking, Malta in collaboration with Tavistock, London.
1996: Trainer on Applying Systemic Principles when Working when Families in a non-Family Therapy Context, Malta.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2010 : Co-authored a chapter in a book on the influence of the work of the late Dr David Campbell in the Maltese Context, entitled: The ultimate ethical position is to keep talking: Dealing with difference in teams, in organisations and in therapy.
2007: Co-authored a paper on the Family Therapy Community Work: Interweaving therapeutic and social work practices in generating a collaborative approach to therapy work in the community. Paper presented at EFTA conference in Glasgow, 2007.
2004 : Co-authored a chapter in a book (Aspects of Maltese Life) about the families in the context of marital separation: parents’ dilemma and children’s voices. 
2005: Wrote a paper: A story of how connections are built between past and present between husband and wife. 
2005: Wrote a paper: Working with survivors of abuse requires skills?
1999 – 2000: Member on the research team at Family Therapy Service studying the effects of marital conflict and separation on children and parents. Research paper: Loyalty, anger, guilt, the effect of marital conflict and separation on children.
1997: Wrote and Presented a paper on ‘the Effects of Marital Separation on Children’ in a symposium, organized by Maltese Psychological Association in collaboration with the Maltese Union of Professional Psychologists