Cultivating a Resilient Child

by Lisa Green, LMFT
Resilience is a bit of a buzz word in the mental health community these days, and perhaps also in the worker community, but for good reason. Resilience is seen as the ability to recover from challenges, to bounce back in the face of stress and adversity- so it’s no wonder we’ve identified it as necessary to continue to function well in our high-stress and high-demand environments.

The Expose of Suffering

by Linda Parker, LMFT
The experience of suffering, either our own or that of someone we love, exposes us. We suddenly see and are sometimes shocked by the attitudes and beliefs that we didn’t know we had until that experience.

Helping Children Heal

by Corrine Gnepf, LPCA, NCC
One of the deepest desires of parents, teachers, caretakers, and anyone who loves children is to protect them from the dangers and hardships of this world. We want children to enjoy just being children, worry free, and to feel safe and taken care of.

Women – Thriving, Not Just Surviving

by Rebecca Leverington LPC, LMFT, LMSW
Living on the field has unique spiritual, emotional, physical, and safety challenges that most of us as women have not experienced previously in our home cultures. Understanding and actively building in key aspects that help us thrive, rather than just survive, these challenges also decrease the likelihood of premature departure, depression, and other effects of stress.

Supporting Your TCK

by Lisa Green, LMFT
When thinking of the worker and expat community in which many of us live, we often think of the men and women that have picked up and moved from a place that is familiar, comfortable, and “home,” to a place that is decidedly less familiar, less comfortable, and takes a long time to feel anything like home. But those men and women aren’t alone.

Dealing with Security Issues

by Rebecca Leverington, LMFT, LPC, LMSW
Many organizations provide training in contingency planning, evaluating security risks, and evacuation procedures. There are also many excellent counseling and member care hand-outs that provide spiritual resources for coping with crisis. This article focuses on another aspect of security issues: the interpersonal aspect.

A Case for Mourning

by Andrew Brown, LLP
Pain and loss are two of the most difficult realities we face in life. They are normal insofar as they are a common part of the human experience, but they seldom feel natural. Loss and pain are also intertwined—so that significant loss is always accompanied by pain and pain can often be traced back to loss. How well we handle loss then, is often closely related to how we handle pain.

Managing Transitions

by John Leverington , LPC, LMFT, LMSW and Rebecca Leverington LPC, LMFT, LMSW
Transitions bring with them the paradox of opportunity and danger––opportunity for change, and apprehension and uncertainty regarding the future. The sooner we begin to expand our thinking, focusing on specific kinds of opportunity and how these can be achieved, and how perceived dangers can be minimized, the more quickly our sense of competency and confidence returns.

Tired, Fatigued or Exhausted?

By John Leverington, LPC, LMFT, LMSW
Chronic fatigue is real, but the vast majority of people do not recognize it and do not take the steps needed to deal with it before it becomes even more difficult to recover. One of the issues that frequently came up in counseling people serving in faith-based organizations was fatigue. Not just tired or having a bad day by months of chronic fatigue.

The Fire of Team Conflict

by Andrew Brown, LLP
Antalya is a beautiful place. It can also be very hot and dry place—sometimes going months without rain. This makes the surrounding forests highly vulnerable to fire. Occasionally we’ll see an airplane or helicopter loaded with water on its way to extinguish a blaze. Fire is a pretty good analogy for conflict on a team. Fire is a natural and normal occurrence in the life of a forest, just as conflict is a normal part of team life. At lower levels of intensity, both can be very helpful as they clear out “debris” that would otherwise inhibit growth and productivity. At the same time, they both have the potential at higher levels of intensity to be very destructive. What makes the difference?