COUNSELING / DEBRIEFING / RETREATS
In the process of researching a variety of practical missions resources, we came across many websites with member care resources for debriefing, counseling, and encouragement for missionaries. These are being made available on the website, but please note that the majority of these resources have not been extensively screened prior to their inclusion here. Please use your own discernment as you prayerfully seek help from these organizations, and let us know if you find any to be particularly helpful or if you have any concerns about any organization included.
ORGANIZATIONS WITH CENTERS ABROAD:
Cornerstone Counseling is a centre in Thailand which includes counseling for individuals, couples, and families: crisis and trauma assessment: educational and psychological evaluations of children: psychiatric evaluations and treatment; consultation for teams, schools, and organizations; training; and seminars.
His Secret Place, Ministry to Missionaries runs a retreat in NewFoundland "to equip, encourage, empower and refresh missionaries from around the world in order to help them remain in their fields."
Located at the base of the Jura Mountains in France, Le Rucher Ministries offers routine debriefing and crisis debriefing for individuals, families or teams. Their website also has links to other counseling and debriefing centers around the world.
Healthlink 360, with locations in Edinburgh, UK and Belfast, UK, offers medical, psychological, and travel health support to missions and aid workers. Their services include counselling by Skype or telephone when necessary.
One Another Ministries in Cannock, Staffordshire, England, provides "training, consulting, counseling, and resourcing for the development and care of Christian Mission organizations and their members" at their residential facilities. They are also able to travel or provide services by phone or Skype. Shoulder 2 Shoulder is an initiative of One Another Ministries which "strives to encourage, equip and enable single workers to thrive in ministry, secure in their identity in Christ." Paraklesis Ministires, another initiative, offers retreats for cross-cultural workers.
Located near Nottingham, England, Resilient Expat offers member care services to mission personnel and humanitarian workers. Their services include assessments, review, debriefing, retreats, training, mentoring, and therapy.
Penhurst Retreat Centre offers a variety of individual and guided retreats, including re-entry retreats and debriefing for missionaries at their retreat centre in East Sussex, England.
Located in Hong Kong, Bethany is a retreat center offering rest, encouragement, and restoration to Christian cross-cultural workers, with a professional counselor on staff for anyone who wants to talk through an issue.
The goal of the Mobile Member Care Team is to strengthen cross-cultural workers by equipping, preserving and restoring. They provide "training, consultation, counseling, crisis response, and referral for cross-cultural workers." They have teams serving West Africa, East Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
With locations in Chain Mai, Thailand and Dolphin Bay, Thailand, the aim of The Juniper Tree is "to provide a home away from home for Christian workers on a low budget to come and enjoy the peaceful environment."
Olive Tree Counselng Center in Turkey is dedicated to serving cross-cultural workers through "brief intensive therapeutic services; assessments; individual, couple, and family therapy; crisis debriefing; and trauma counseling."
Tumaini Counseling Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, offers a wide range of services to missionaries including "evaluation and counseling, psychiatric care, medication management, crisis debriefings and post-trauma support, marriage and family therapy, missionary kid school support, individual mentoring and coaching, mid-and end-of-term debriefings, team-building, conflict resolution, seminars and conferences, limited distance counseling via email and Skype, and online support groups." They will also soon be opening a centre in Kampala, Uganda.
Life Journey Centre is a Christian counseling center in Malaysia providing therapy, life coaching, training, debriefing, mediation, retreats, and clinical diagnosis and treatment for cross-cultural workers.
CCG Asia, located in Taiwan, seeks to "facilitate emotionally healthy spirituality amongst foreign and locally sent Christian missionaries, pastors, co-workers and their families so that they may stay, flourish, and contribute to their ministry calling."
Located in Calgary, Canada, Beracah Counseling provides missionary care services including debriefing, wellness check-ups, counseling, and listening skills workshops. In addition, they run a debriefing retreat just outside Calgary in the spring and autumn.
Located in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, UK, Oak Biblical Counselling and Member Care offers counseling, debriefing, and assessments for missionaries in addition to courses in Member Care and Effective Biblical Counselling and in Biblical Studies and Cross-Cultural-Communications.
Located in Belluno, Italy, Rifugio Selah is a place for missionaries to disconnect and rest. A double room with shared shower room in the home of a long-term missionary, Rifugio Selah is suitable for a single, female missionary or a married couple for a stay of 2-5 nights.
Located in Penang, Malaysia, Field Life provides coaching and care for cross-cultural workers in the form of retreats, personal getaways, and coaching workshops, which are offered online and in person.