MEMBER CARE ASSOCIATES
Request: Survey on psychological support and wellbeing for aid workers. This anonymous survey is for humanitarian aid workers. It consists of questions relating to the personal experiences and opinions about barriers that hinder international and national aid workers from seeking out and/or accessing psychosocial support for their wellbeing (e.g. when under stress). It will take around 25 minutes to complete. Please contact Caitlin Cockcroft on email@example.com if you have any questions. To access the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/barrierstoPSS
Recent Materials from MCA:
Global Integration Update: Global Citizenship (June 2016)
Materials in Korean: Global Member Care (May 2016)
Transforming Our World as Faith-Based Mental Health Professionals
(31 March 2016). Presentation by Michele and Kelly O’Donnell.
Loving Truth and Peace: Mental Health Professionals and Corruption in the Church-Mission Community. Poster session at CAPS conference (11 March 2016). Kelly and Michele O’Donnell.
Global Integration: Addressing the Pressing Issues in Our World as Mental Health Professionals. Kelly and Michele O’Donnell, Christian Psychology Around the World (March 2016, pp. 192-195)
Transforming Our World: Mental Health Professionals-Sustainable Development Michele & Kelly O’Donnell (CAPS conf., 11 March 2016, powerpoint)
Global Mental Health: Working in the Towers, Trenches, and Everything In Between Michele & Kelly O’Donnell, (Biola University, 8 March 2016, powerpoint)
Ten Psychological Tactics for Avoiding Accountability
Guest weblog by Kelly O’Donnell, CHS Alliance (24 Feb 2016)
RESOURCES FROM MCA
Ten Areas to Support Your Work
1. Global Integration Updates (archived)
Common Ground for the Common Good
–June 2016: Global Citizenship
(shared identity/responsibility–education, health, humanitarian events/resources)
–April 2016: Global Strides
(special events for improving our world)
–February 2016: Working Together Well
(the new UN humanitarian report, One Humanity: Shared Responsibility)
–December 2015: Staying Current–Navigating the News
(tracking with global issues and events)
–October 2015: Transforming Our World
(UN sustainable development agenda)
–August 2015: Faith-Based Partners in Transformation
(collaborating for wellbeing)
Share comments/resources on our MCA Facebook page and GI weblog.
2. MCA Resource Updates (archived)
Expanding the Global Impact of Member Care
Seven+ years of materials for working well in member care in mission/aid, development.
–August 2016: Psychological First Aid
–July 2016: Recent Resources and Events (MC around the world)
–June 2016: Perspectives on Proselytizing
–May 2016: Building Skill Sets and Tool Kits
–April 2016: Global Mental Health as Mission (gmhM)
–March 2016: Living in Integrity
–February 2016: Strengthening Relationships
–January 2016: Making Your Mark as Global Integrators
You can share comments/resources on our MCA Facebook page.
3. CORE Member Care (weblog)
Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice
Nine+ years or materials to support member care in mission/aid, development/health.
—Global Mental Health: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors
Psychology International, June 2015 (Kelly and Michele O’Donnell)
—The Missional Heart of Member Care
International Bulletin of Mission Research, April 2015.(Kelly O’Donnell)
—Giants, Foxes, Wolves, and Flies (adjustment challenges)
Doing Member Care Well (2002)
—Global Mental Health: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors (power point presentation and article, Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Heath, William James College, USA; inaugural conference, 26 June 2015)
—Global Integration Webinars (power points and handouts; topics include crossing sectors, mental health in low resource countries, and trauma)
Global Member Care (Volume 1): The Pearls and Pearls of Good Practice: Kelly O’Donnell, (2011)
—The electronic version is now available on Amazon.
Global Member Care (Volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity Edited by Kelly and Michele O’Donnell (November 2013)
–Click for the description, TOC, and endorsements
–Click for the electronic book version on Amazon
—Click here to see the updated model for global member care (diagram and description)
—Click here for updates on multi-sectoral resources relevant for member care
7. More Resources
—Eight Tools for Member Care Practice
(Selection Criteria, CHOPS Adjustment Inventory, Thirteen Survival Premises/Promises, Personal Growth Plan, Core Issues for Personal Growth, Team Feedback Form, Crisis and Contingency Management, Reentry Preparation)
8. Trio Gatherings
These informal gatherings provide a relaxed, neutral place where colleagues interact more personally on important issues in the world, for mutual learning and support. Topics have included: Building the Future We Want–Being the People We Need, Virtue in a Virulent World, Protecting People–Promoting Wellbeing, and Work-Life balance.
9. Global Mental Health-Map (website)
Materials to orient colleagues from different sectors to the domain of Global Mental Health (GMH). GMH is also very relevant for those working in “mental health as mission.”
We are available to consult and train in member care-related areas.
MEMBER CARE CONFERENCES AND TRAINING
Growing Deeply as We Go Broadly
European Member Care Consultation (EMCC), 14-18 March 2016 www.membercareeurope.com
Asia Member Care Consultation 6-8 April, 2016, Singapore Theme: Too Valuable to Lose::Launching a Member Care Movement. The conference is preceded by a two day workshop (4-5 April 2016): Developing a Comprehensive Member Care Plan, by Dr. Laura Mae Gardner; Contact: Dr. David Tan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Retreat in Kenya, 15-26 August 2016
Tumaini Counselling Centre Nairobi and Alongside USA
‘This two-week intensive retreat includes seminars on pertinent topics, ten group sessions, and nine hours of individual or couple therapy. Therapists from Tumaini and Alongside will work with couples or individuals in a safe and nurturing environment to address spiritual, relational, psychological, emotional, marital, or trauma issues. This is a really good opportunity to access this valuable retreat in Africa at a more affordable cost and with greater convenience than possibly needing to return to a home country.’ Contact: email@example.com
Counseling and Member Care: An Intensive Counseling Seminar for Cross-Cultural Workers 9-21 October 2016, Antalya, Turkey. Sponsored by the Narramore Christian Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
FEATURED RESOURCES–2015 and 2016
1. Member Care
—Materials in Korean: Global Member Care (May 2016)
–Tumaini Counselling Centre Kampala, Uganda. Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi (established in 1991) is opening a new centre In Uganda. It will provide counselling and other member care services to mission personnel, primarily in the east and central Africa regions. Contact: email@example.com
—Help Your [Mission Worker] Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference (2016), Ken Harder and Carla Foote
—Special Issue on Member Care, Missio Dei (journal), February 2015
Lots of good new thinking, resources, and review; 12 articles worth reading!
—Mind the Gaps: Engaging the Church in Mission Care (2015). David Wilson, Editor
—Healthy, Resilient, and Effective in Cross-Cultural Ministry: A Comprehensive Member Care Plan (2015), by Laura Mae Gardner
2. Relationship Resources
–Setting Sail! The Family Workbook (2014, Emily Hervey
–God’s Design for Community: Strategies for Building Better Relationships (2015), Gaylyn Williams.
—Reconcilable Differences: Strategies for Your Journey Through Conflict (2015), Gaylyn Williams.
—Leading Multicultural Teams (2014), Evelyn and Richard Hibbert.
—Married in Mission: A Handbook for Couples in Cross-Cultural Service (2015), Alexis Kenny.
—201 Great Discussion Questions for Couples in a Long Distance Relationships(2014), Lisa McKay and Michael Wolfe.
—Love Across Latitudes: A Workbook on Cross-cultural Marriage (2015, sixth edition), Janet Fraser-Smith.
—Our Global Families: Christians Embracing Common Identity in a Changing World(2015), Todd Johnson and Cindy Wu.
—Diaspora Missiology: Reflections on Reaching the Scattered Peoples of the World(2015), Michael Pocock an Enoch Wan.
—Serving God in a Migrant Crisis: Ministry to People on the Move (March 2016), Patrick Johnstone and Dean Merrill.
3. Member Care in the Multi-Sectoral Context
–Also see the Featured Resources section on this website.
–Also see the many resources in the Updates section, Global Member Care (volume two).
—Staff well-being and mental health in UNHCR (2016). Suzik, D., Thomas, R., Lachens, L., & Mihalca, L.; Geneva: UNHCR
—Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge (2016) International Labor Organization
—One Humanity: Shared Responsibility, UN (Feb 2016–humanitarian action/change, World Humanitarian Summit)
—Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development UN (2015)
—Health, Healing, and Shalom…Christian Health Missions (2015), Bryant Myers
—Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative, World Bank (April 2015)
—Faith-Based Health Care, The Lancet, (7 July 2015) .
–Mind the Gaps: Engaging the
—Mental Health Innovation Network–website
—Restoring Humanity: Global Voices Calling for Action (September 2015). Synthesis Report of the Consultation Process for the World Humanitarian Summit. United Nations.
—mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide: Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological, and Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies (2015). WHO.
—White Paper on Peacebuilding (2014). Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.
—World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior (World Bank, Dec 2014).
—Humanitarian Effectiveness and Staff Wellbeing (webinar 30 July 2015; archived)
—Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative (WHO report, September 2014)
—Living with a Black Dog and I Had a Black Dog (short, creative videos on depression)
Understanding Global Integration (updated June 2016)
Staying Current-Competent and Relevant-Resilient
For the last five+ years we have been sharing widely about “global integration” (GI). GI is a framework which guides our work and which we believe is crucial for a) member care practice and direction and b) all those who endeavor to live as global citizens. It involves actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the major issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, faith-based). GI is especially important in view of the major multi-sectoral and international efforts to promote well being for all people and the planet (e.g., the United Nations Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sept. 2015 and both the World Humanitarian Summit’s Restoring Humanity: Global Voices Calling for Action, Sept. 2015 and the UN Secretary-General’s One Humanity: Shared Responsibility, Feb 2016). We regularly send out Global Integration Updates to over 1900 colleagues. Our GI work as psychologists focuses on global member care and global mental health, and is based in Geneva. It includes regular interactions with personnel/events in the United Nations, World Health Organization, and international NGOs—and hence there are several materials, perspectives, and news that can inform our work and be shared with colleagues. One of the greatest opportunities for further developing GI would be convening roundtables and organizing new coalition(s) of colleagues who are committed to GI–we call them global integrators. More information is on our CORE MC weblog.
Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a non-profit organisation working internationally from the USA and Geneva. We focus on personnel development for mission, humanitarian, and development workers and their organizations, humanitarian psychology, and global mental health. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications. MCA is a member of the Movement for Global Mental Health and the NGO Forum for Health.
© 2009-2016 Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell
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(except: world map, balloons, sun/wave, and Colosseum).
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