Events & Trainings

Good Mourning: Dealing with Loss in Cross-Cultural Service


This workshop explores why people from Western cultures often don’t understand loss or the need to grieve appropriately, and how they avoid grieving. The presenter then explains why there is even greater need for help and training in how to engage in a healthy grieving process for those who serve overseas and cross-culturally. A biblical and theological understanding of loss and grief—so important for international workers with a Christian faith background—is also provided. Finally, appropriate psychological tools to grieve in a healthy manner are described. Tips for helping children process grief will also be included.


The workshop will be held Wednesday March 13th from 9 am-11am at Olive Tree Counseling Center.  Cost is $10/50TL.  

Email [email protected] to register.


The presenter is Connie Befus, Ph.D., a Member Care and Psychological Consultant. Connie is a psychologist with 30+ years of experience in providing for the mental and spiritual health needs of international cross-cultural workers. She grew up in Africa, the daughter of career international workers and served with her husband in Latin America for 17 years.  She has also worked in private practice, as a psychological consultant for six sending organizations, and as Director of Member Care for sending organizations for 17 years.  She has two adult Third Culture Kids. Her doctoral research explored effective helps for people in the midst of cross cultural adjustment. She is the author of Sojourner’s Workbook: A Guide to Thriving Cross-Culturally.  10 copies of her workbook will be for sale for $10 each.