The materials in this section are organized into two broad categories:
Tools and Training.

1. Tools

• Creative Tools for Healing
Have a look at some of the tools we like to use for mental health and member care, described/linked on the October 2014 MCA Resource Update.

Resources to Support Mission/Aid Workers
This is a set of eight tools to support you in your member care work.
The areas addressed are: 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.

Authentic Happiness
Several self-assessment and personal growth tools are available for free on-line at:

Headington Institute
Offers three self-assessment tools on self care, stress, and burnout.

CHOPS Inventory
(seven languages, explores struggles, successes and strategies of adjustment for cross-cultural workers)
See the December 2012 version, updated with additional items relevant for colleagues from the A4 Regions (Asia ,Africa, Arabic-Turkic, America-Latina):

Managing Stress in the Field
A booklet with a helpful assessment tool on stress for humanitarian aid workers and others working cross-culturally.
Developed by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

General Health Questionnaire
One of the main assessment tools to get a quick overview of health and areas of concern.
The link is to the short version of the questionnaire (12 items).

•Three Tools for Team Development
These are three of the main tools that we like to use for assessing team health and for strengthening teams: Team Feedback Form, Sentence Completion,and Relationship Verses (Gordon and Rosemary Jones). Use them and adapt them as part of regularly planned team-building times.
Three Tools for Team Development–ODonnell

2. Training
Use these materials as part of a self-study program for yourself or as a group.
Many more online courses, webinars, and podcasts for member care still need to be developed. See also the MCA Resource Update from April 2014, “Training Opportunities.”

The Evangelical Training Directory lists many training programmes and courses. Many related to member care can be found by going to the link below and selecting “Mission and Evangelism” and under that, “Missionary Team Care and Skills”. If any training provider is not listed, they can register. (

Headington Institute
Currently offers eight self-study modules online.
Topics include the areas of stress management, trauma care, supporting national staff, families, and re-entry.

Columbia International University
Offers doctoral and masters level training and a Professional Certificate program in member care. For more information contact: Dr. Roni Pruitt

Other Courses in Member Care
**Heartstream Resources: Foundations and Implementing Member Care; twice a year for two weeks in Pennsylvania, USA

**Operation Mobilization: Face to Face course on leadership/personal growth, in different locations;

**Link Care: Building Skills for Member Care Excellence, training in California in January, one week

**Narramore Foundation: Counseling and Member Care Seminar, in Thailand and Turkey, two weeks

Member Care Course Syllabus
This is an updated course syllabus (2005) that overviews 10 areas of member care.
The course was taught initially at Fuller School of Psychology USA in the 1990s by Kelly O’Donnell. Available at the Member Caravan web site (training section). [note: updated August 2014 and September 2015 with emphasis on global member care and multi-sectoral member care in the context of global integration]:

Member Care—Core Consultation
This material is based on a week-long consultation/seminar covering four essential topics in member care (updated in 2007 and still very relevant). Available at the Member Caravan web site (training section).
•Introduction: Syllabus for Member Care Consultation/Workshop
•1. Member Care Overview
•2. Staying Healthy
•3. Team Development
•4. Crisis/Contingency Management

• The Pearls and the Perils: Practicing Psychology in Mission/Aid
These three lectures can help you further develop your understanding/skills in member care. The lectures and panel responses were given at Fuller School of Psychology, USA, February 2009. The topics: historical milestones/future directions, health/dysfunction, and ethics human rights.These materials are available for free in written, audio and video format.

God in the Global Office: Practicing Member Care in Mission/Aid
Power point by Kelly and Michèle O’Donnell, narrated.
They share about their work in member care and issues/opportunities for working in international member care/human health. For individual self-study and group settings.

Three Articles Related to Training
Located on the Member Caravan web site in the training section.
•1, Training and Using Member Care Workers. Richard and Laura Mae Gardner, Missionary Care (1992) pp. 315-331.
•2. What Mission CEOs Want from Mental Health Professionals. Paul McKaughan, Enhancing Missionary Vitality (2002) pp. 201-206.
•3. Research in Mental Health and Missions. William Hunter, Enhancing Missionary Vitality (2002). pp. 475-484.

Internationally Mobile Families and Transitions
see Fanilies in Global Transition:

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