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 OFFERING REMOTE AND ON-THE-FIELD COUNSELING:
Godspeed Resources Connection offers counseling and re-entry debriefing for cross-cultural workers in their Columbia, South Carolina, offices and through video-conferencing.
Missionary Family Counseling Services provide counseling services for free to MKs in college and charge fees based on ability to pay for others. They are located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but will do counseling by phone when necessary.
New Song Christian Counseling, located in Cyprus, offers debriefing and counseling for missionaries. Accommodation is available as well, or counseling can be done by Skype for those not in the area.
He Restoreth Ministries offers missionaries a 2-bedroom apartment in southern Oregon for a family retreat with or without counseling. They also offer an opportunity for missionaries to email in with issues they're facing (marriage, family, interpersonal conflict, trauma, depression) and offer internet and phone counseling.
Russell Semon is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, working in a Christian Counseling Center in Louisiana, who offers online counseling through Zoom video as well as offering CSA stress assessments and feedback as a certified coach to those who are serving or who have served in international missions.
Located in Georgetown, Texas, Oaks Counseling offers debriefing and counseling in person, by phone and online for cross-cultural workers and missionaries and are available for field visits as their schedule permits.
Global Counseling Network, after receiving your intake questionnaire, will match an individual up with a suitable counselor from their network of over thirty counselors based around the United States . Counseling sessions are then held through digital video conferencing technology.
Located near Kalispell, Montana, Emmaus Encounter offers debriefing to missionaries who are going through a difficult time or are in transition. They also offer the option of virtual debriefing.
Located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Safe Place offers counseling and debriefing for missionaries as well as training on Trauma Informed Care and other issues. Counseling, debriefing, and some trainings are offered both in-person and online.