We’d love to share resources here for international workers, as we find them. Below you will find a growing list of organizations and aides which our team of writers and editors here at A Life Overseas have found helpful. This list will be updated throughout the year, and please feel free to add your own in the comment section, as well.
The Oaks “To bring emotional support and psychological treatment to missionaries and workers at home but more importantly abroad in the field at little or no cost to the missionary, worker or mission organization.”
Barnabas International “Our professionally trained staff provides counsel to missionaries, national Christian workers and their families abroad and here in the United States on matters of personal concern.”
International Therapist Directory “This site provides an increasingly comprehensive online global listing of professional mental health therapists who are familiar with the TCK and international expatriate experiences.” (Includes therapists who provide Skype and online counseling services.)
Broom Tree Refuge (Mountain View, AR, USA) Professional counselor on staff. “The mission of The Broom Tree Refuge is to help bring healing, restoration, rest and direction to the Lord’s weary or hurting laborers. Our desire is to minister to those in Christian ministry. We seek to serve small groups, families and individuals.”
Cornerstone Counseling (Chiang Mai, Thailand) “CCF primarily serves Christian workers throughout Asia as well as the people of Thailand. We provide confidential and professional counseling, consultation, and training from a Christian perspective for individuals, marriages, families, teams, and organizations.”
Tumaini (Nairobi, Kenya) “Our mission is to provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care in order to enhance missionary resilience and fruitfulness.”
Advance Global Coaching “Our AGC coaching team provides emotional and spiritual support for your important journey. We want you to be more effective and accomplish all God has for you. We have a team of professionally trained life coaches who work with individuals and couples via telephone or Skype.”
Marble Retreat (Colorado) “The mission of Marble Retreat is to help bring healing, hope and restoration to those in vocational Christian ministry and the Church at large through Christ-centered brief intensive counseling.”
“Global Counseling Network is a team of counselors with professional training and international experience that care deeply about helping you right where you are. Our priority is for you to encounter a counselor who can balance the dignity and depravity of this world and move towards the often challenging work of healing. Through our website, intake specialists, and counselors, we hope to create a safe space for you.”
Re-entry and Debriefing Resources
Other names for debriefing include: home assignment, re-entry counseling, member care, and processing for repatriation.
Christian Training Center International at The Inn (Franklin, North Carolina, USA)
Life Impact (various locations around the world)
Link Care Center (various locations around the world)
Mission Training International (Palmer Lake, Colorado, USA)
Missionary Health Institute (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Safe Place “Safe Place provides guidance, counsel and care to those who serve in Christian ministry of any definition. We offer counsel in the field for acute crisis situations, as well as training and well-person visits to the field and in the United States in an in-home setting in rural PA.”
The Rest Initiative (Maitland, Florida, USA)
TEAM (various locations around the world)
Thrive, empowering global women (various locations around the world)
TRAIN International (Joplin, Missouri, USA)
The Well Member Care Center (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
In the comments section below, please share additional links and recommendations to resources in the area of counseling, debriefing, repatriation or re-entry, member care, processing for home assignment, or other related needs. We would love to build a comprehensive list of resources around the globe. You can also check out our recommended reading list for overseas workers here.