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 near Atlanta, Georgia, 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.
The Narramore Christian Foundation in Pasadena, California, serves missionaries through counseling, debriefing, retreats and seminars. Their website also has a list of nine staff associates located around the world, and they provide on-line counseling for those who cannot get to their offices in California.
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.
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.