MEMBER CARE ASSOCIATES
Update from Kelly and Michele at the end.
RESOURCES FROM MCA
Seven Areas to Support Your Work
1. Featured Materials from MCA
Staying Updated and Equipped
(see also Recent MCA Publications section)
—Righteous and Relevant Leaders (MC Special News Update, June 2018)
—Resilience for Team Leaders (MC Special News Update, May 2018)
—Peace Psychology and Sustaining Peace (GI Special News Update, May 2018)
—A Summons to a Global Integrity Movement: Fighting Self-Deception and Corruption (article, Lausanne Global Analysis, March 2018)
––Handouts from Peace Psychology and Geneva Peace Week: Connecting Colleagues for Global Relevance (presentation), University of Notre Dame, 9-11 March 2018
—Essential Review: Three Year Index of the Global Integration Updates (Dec. 2017)
—Unbreakable? Humanitarian Stress and Trauma (article, Global Geneva, Oct 2017)
—Helping the Helpers: 50 Resources for Humanitarians (GI Update October 2017)
—Summary of our 100 MC Updates (MC Update September 2017)
—Global Mental Health: Collaborating Across Sectors… (article June 2017)
—Doomsday: Next Stop, Global Dis-Integration? (GI Update June 2017)
—Global Integration and Global Integrity: Applications for Mental Health Professionals (presentaton 23 March 2017, George Fox University)
—Integrity and Accountability for United Nations Staff. UN Special. Part One (March 2017) and Part Two (April 2017); pdf version HERE
–Well-Being for All: Mental Health Professionals and the Sustainable Development Goals (Journal of Psychology and Christianity, March 2017)
—Global Integrity (January 2017): 25 entries written Jan-Dec 2016, exploring perspectives and practices for integrity at individual-institutional-international levels
—Multi-Sectoral Member Care, Journal of Psychology and Theology
(December 2016, part of special issue on Psychology and Missions)
—Materials in Korean: Global Member Care (May 2016)
—Charting Your Course through the Sectors
—Eight Tools for Member Care Practice
2. Global Member Care Updates (archived)
Expanding the Global Impact of Member Care
1. Special News 2018
–Ongoing posts with resources, sent periodically
2. MC Updates
–September 2017: Summary (100 Member Care Updates)
–July 2017: Stories and Strategies (reflections on adversity and wellbeing)
–May 2017: Moral Care (resources for living in integrity)
–April 2017: Re-Member Care (tributes to MC pioneers and developers)
–February 2017: New Global Member Care Model (seven spheres–missio Dei)
3. Global Integration Updates (archived)
Common Ground for the Common Good
1. Special News 2018
–Ongoing posts with resources, sent periodically
2. GI Updates
–December 2017: The Essential Review
(three year index of GI Updates)
–October 2017: Helping the Helpers
(50 resources for humanitarian workers and organizations)
–August 2017: Everyday Global Heroes
(moral lives matter)
–June 2017: Doomsday
(next stop, global dis-integration?)
–April 2017: Living in Global Integrity
(moral wholeness for a more whole world)
4. CORE Member Care (weblog)
Reflections, Research, and Resources for Good Practice
Ten years or materials to support member care in mission/aid, development/health
–2018 Topic: Humanity Care–UPGs and SDGs (proposal)
–2016 Topic: Global Integrity. 25 entries written Jan-Dec 2016, exploring many levels of integrity: individual-institutional-international.
–2015 Topic: Global Integrators. 25 entries for leveraging our skills and values on behalf of humanity.
Global Member Care Series
(Available in hard copy and electronic versions. Volume three TBD.)
—Global Member Care (Volume 1): The Pearls and Pearls of Good Practice
Kelly O’Donnell (2011)
—Global Member Care (Volume 2): Crossing Sectors for Serving Humanity
Edited by Kelly and Michele O’Donnell (2013)
6. Presentations and Training
Equipping Colleagues for Relevance and Resilience
(Note: We are available for presentations and training, in person and remotely.)
—Global Integration and Global Integrity: Applications for Mental Health Professionals (George Fox University; March 2017)
––Sustainable Global Mental Health Development (World Mental Health Day Event, Ecuemenical Centre, Geneva; October 2016)
—Doing Member Care Well: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives (Middle East Member Care Consultation; September 2016)
––Global Mental Health: Tracking and Trekking Across Sectors (Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Heath, William James College, USA; June 2015)
––Global Integration Webinars (the three topics: crossing sectors, mental health in low resource countries, and trauma; 2015)
7. Global Mental Health-Map (website)
Engaging in Mental Health as Mission
Materials to orient colleagues from different sectors to the domain of Global Mental Health (GMH). GMH is mission–“mental health as mission.” See the list/links for our core GMH publications HERE. See also the Mental Health Innovation Network.
More Resources to Support Your Work
Upcoming Member Care Conferences/Training:
—European MC Consultation: Malaga, Spain (12-15 March 2018)
—Global MC Consultation: Quito, Ecuador (10-14 September 2018)
—Pastors to Mission Conference: North Carolina, USA (2-5 October 2018)
—Counseling and Member Care Seminar: Athens, Greece (7-19 October 2018)
—Mental Health and Mission Conference: Indiana, USA (15-18 November 2018)
–Asia MC Network Consultation: (April 2019, venue and more information TBA)
Special opportunity to take the survey on “Contextual Realities in Caring for Global Missional Leaders.” This survey takes about 15 minutes to do. It is being conducted by a senior member care leader, Pramila Rajendran, as part of her doctoral research.
M.A. program in Humanitarian & Disaster Leadership was revently launched at Wheaton College Graduate School (2017). This new program will prepare students for a wide range of careers in humanitarian and disaster assistance related fields, both domestically and internationally. In addition to a one-year full-time residential option, we are also offering a two-year part-time hybrid option, which will be completed primarily online and supplemented with on-campus intensive courses.
Member Care Materials
—Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds (3rd ed. 2017), David Pollock, Ruth Van Reken, Michael Pollock
—Receiving Them Well: A Guide on How to Support Your Loved One Returning from Humanitarian Aid or Mission Work (2017), Lisa Ennis and Lori Bryan
—Self-Care Plan for Global Workers (2017), Sarita Hartz
Wholistic self care ebook oriented especially for Christians.
—Help Your [Mission Worker] Thrive: Leadership Practices that Make a Difference (2016), Ken Harder and Carla Foote
—Special Issue on Member Care, Missio Dei (February 2015)
Twelve articles for new thinking, resources, and review.
—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), Laura Mae Gardner
—Setting Sail! The Family Workbook (2014), Emily Hervey
—God’s Design for Community: Strategies for Building Better Relationships (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
Member Care in the Multi-Sectoral Context
–Also see the Featured Resources section on this website.
–Also see the resources in the Updates section, Global Member Care (Volume Two)
—mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized settings (ver. 2.0, 2016), WHO
—Staff Well-Being and Mental Health in UNHCR (2016), Suzik, D., Thomas, R., Lachens, L., & Mihalca, L.
—Workplace Stress: A Collective Challenge (2016) International Labor Organization
—One Humanity: Shared Responsibility (Feb 2016), UN, World Humanitarian Summit)
—Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2015), UN
—Health, Healing, and Shalom…Christian Health Missions (2015), Bryant Myers
—Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative (2015) World Bank
—Faith-Based Health Care (7 July 2015) The Lancet
—mhGAP Humanitarian Intervention Guide: Clinical Management of Mental, Neurological, & Substance Use Conditions in Humanitarian Emergencies (2015), WHO
—White Paper on Peacebuilding (2014), Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
—World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior (2014), World Bank
—Humanitarian Effectiveness and Staff Wellbeing (webinar 30 July 2015; archived)
—Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative (2014), WHO
––Living with a Black Dog and I Had a Black Dog (short, creative videos on depression)
Update from Kelly and Michele–June 2018
Staying Current-Competent and Relevant-Resilient
Understanding Global Integration
For the last seven years we have been increasingly centering member care practice in the broader context of “global integration” (GI). For some this might seem like a distraction—going too far afield outside of member care and mainstream mission. Yet overall we have found it to be an important strategy to open up new opportunities and resources for member care and mission.
GI is a framework which guides our work and which we believe is crucial for a) member care practice and direction; b) colleagues working in different sectors and settings; and c) all those who endeavor to live as global citizens (i.e. our common identity and responsibility as humans). GI 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, human rights, faith-based) for God’s glory.
GI is especially important in view of the coordinated 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, 2015–see July 2017 Progress Report; and One Humanity: Shared Responsibility, 2016–see November 2017 Progress Report) as well as the church-mission community’s work among the least-reached people groups (LPGs). We increasingly include “global integrity” in our GI work—integrity at the individual-institutional-international levels—and see them as inseparable (e.g., see our 2017 “GI-GI Maps” presentation.)
Our GI work as psychologists is based in Geneva and focuses on global member care, global mental health, and promoting integrity/confronting corruption globally. It includes regular interactions with personnel/events in the United Nations, World Health Organization, international NGOs, and faith-based organizations—and hence there are several materials, perspectives, and news items that we review to inform our work and regularly share with colleagues. In addition to the Member Care Updates, we regularly send Global Integration Updates to over 1900 colleagues.
One of the greatest opportunities for further developing GI would be convening roundtables (online and in vivo) and organizing new coalitions of colleagues who are committed to GI and crossing sectors on behalf of specific areas such as member care and/or mental health (global integrators). The time is clearly here, from our vantage point, to develop new entities and emphases that reflect global realities (issues, responsibilities and opportunities), while still staying true to the member care core: focusing on the wellbeing and effectiveness of the diversity of mission workers and their sending groups. For more perspectives—reflections, research, and resources–see the 25 entries on Global Integrators (2015) and the 25 entries on Global Integrity (2016) featured on our CORE member Care weblog.
Special news from us: A new season of relevance and resilience (October 2017)
Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a Christian non-profit organisation working internationally from the USA and Geneva. We focus on personnel development for mission, humanitarian, development, and health workers and their organizations; global mental health; ethics and good practice; and integrity/anti-corruption. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications.
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