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.
MEMBER CARE CENTERS IN EUROPE:
Single Vision International offers annual retreats in Europe and Asia with an emphasis on the specific issues and needs of single missionaries.
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, located in Edinburgh, 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 pastoral care, debriefing, counseling, coaching, training, consulting, and resourcing for the development and care of mission organizations and their members at their residential facilities. They are also able to travel or provide services by phone or Skype. One Another has several initiatives to minister to specific groups: Shoulder 2 Shoulder focuses on single mission workers; Claybury International focuses on building leadership skills of those in ministry; First Priority focuses on assisting missionaries as they pursue intimacy with God.
Located near Nottingham, England, Resilient Expat offers member care services to mission personnel and humanitarian workers. Their services include assessments, reviews, debriefing, retreats, education, training, supervision, 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.
The Highbury Centre in London, UK, offers accommodation at discounted rates for full-time Christian workers.
Located in Llandudno, North Wales, UK, Refresh International offers 5-day debriefing retreats every month for missionaries and cross-cultural workers.
RESAM, based in France, is a network of mental health professionals who will provide counselling and debriefing services to French-speaking Christian missionaries.
Located in eastern France, Restored and Renewed Ministry offers counseling, retreats, team building seminars, as well as a place to just get away and be refreshed. They also offer counseling remotely through video-conferencing.
Located in Nottingham, England, Wollaton Counselling offers counseling and debriefing for adults, adolescents, and couples.
A Lodging Place, located in Malaga, Spain, is a ministry of New Song Christian Counseling providing a place of rest and spiritual retreat through debriefing, coaching, counseling, and assessments.
Located in Upper Provence, France, Pierres Vivantes serves French-speaking ministers and missionaries with an opportunity for rest, debriefing, retreat, and counselling for ministry related issues.
Catalyst Intl puts on several conferences each year near Interlaken, Switzerland: a men's retreat in September, a family retreat in June/July, and a retreat for individuals and couples in September/October.
Sent Well in Malaga, Spain, offers assessments, coaching, debriefing, trauma/crisis intervention, and counseling in English and in Spanish.
La Posada, in Antequera, Spain, offers a place for global workers to rest, restore and renew with an option to receive debriefing, coaching or counseling. They also hold trainings and retreats.
Life Impact Ministries offers centers around the world for retreat and renewal for missionaries and ministers. Their centers, which offer optional coaching services, are in Italy, Greece, Germany, Slovakia, the Middle East, Costa Rica, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Washington, and several locations in Oregon. They also ffer coaching services for those who need help in "being able to process challenges in a safe and constructive environment."
Shepherd's Heart Ministry has retreat centers in Colorado, Michigan, France, Israel, Mexico, and Southeast Asia. "Each retreat center is carefully designed to provide an environment of confidentiality, safety, and acceptance to allow Pastors, Ministry Leaders, and Missionaries to find healing and restoration in their personal lives, marriages, and ministries."
Barnabas Zentrum offer retreats in Croatia, Austria, and Grand Junction, Colorado. Their retreats include counseling, consulting, training, and encouragement. They also offer counseling, counsultation and training on the field.