NCF Conference

Counseling and Member Care

An Intensive Counseling Seminar for Cross-Cultural Workersakkaantedon

When: Sunday, October 19 – Friday, October 31, 2014
Where:Antalya, Turkey // Akka Antedon Hotel

For more than 30 years the Narramore Christian Foundation has offered intensive two-week seminars in counseling in the United States and Thailand. More than 2000 people have taken this training. Now this helpful counseling seminar is being offered for the second year in Antalya, Turkey.

Please see brochure for a list and description of the seminar hosts and instructors.

Seminar Objectives

As a cross-cultural worker, you are called to counsel a great variety of people. Yet academic training rarely adequately equips you to deal with the many problems you will encounter in serving others. To meet this need, the Narramore Christian Foundation has developed an intensive counseling seminar. The seminar will increase your counseling and member care skills. Instructors will emphasize a strong integration of biblical truth with practical psychological insights and counseling techniques.


Lecture and Discussion Topics:
Psychological and Theological Foundations for Member Care and Counseling
Your Role in Comprehensive Member Care
Personality Dynamics and Adjustment
Psychopathology on Organizational Teams
Learning From the Emotional Life of Jesus
Stress and Burnout
Cross-Cultural Issues in Member Care
Techniques of Counseling
Rethinking the Doctrine of Sanctification
Pornography and Sexual Addictions
TCKs with Special Needs (including ADHD)
Working with Depression and Anxiety
Anger Management and Conflict Resolution

Special Elective Tracks
Fifteen hours of the seminar will be devoted to one of three elective skill building/experiential tracks. Participants will choose between:
Basic Counseling & Active Listening Skills
Small Personal Enrichment Group (for personal and professional growth)
Small Couples Enrichment Group (for growth in your marriage, and learning techniques for counseling couples and families)

Personal Growth Activities
Participants will take a personality test designed to enhance self-observation and insight. Seminar staff members will be available for personal consultation or counseling during the seminar. There are no fees for the tests, counseling or consultation.

Elective Evening Mini-Seminars
At least two evening seminars will be offered on topics like:
Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response
De-escalating Conflicts in Marriage

Who May Attend?

Member care workers, counselors, human resource workers, and educators and their spouses are invited to attend. The sessions include a broad range of counseling, problem solving and growth topics that apply to anyone in a people helping, counseling, or member care role.

Because the seminar is more helpful when a couple attends together, married participants are strongly encouraged to attend with their spouses.
[tab title="Location"] The seminar will be held in the beautiful Akka Antedon Hotel Antalya, Turkey. Resident participants will be able to use the swimming pool and other sports facilities.


Although the actual cost of the seminar is more than $3,000 per person, friends of the Narramore Christian Foundation provide financial support so that the seminar can be offered for the following costs:

Private Single Room
Includes tuition, room, meals, and all materials and activities of the seminar.
Per person: $1,320
Shared Double Room
Includes tuition, room, meals, and all materials and activities of the seminar.
Per person: $970
Per married couple: $1,800


The seminar begins with registration and orientation on Sunday, October 19, 1:00-2:30 PM, followed by opening sessions and dinner.

Monday through Friday schedule is from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM with a two hour break at lunch. There will be at least two evening sessions. No meetings will be held on Saturday or Sunday, October 25 and 26, so that participants may use the time for personal relaxation, networking, sightseeing, shopping, etc.

The seminar ends with lunch on Friday, October 31. Participants must arrange their arrival and departure transportation so that they can attend the entire seminar from 19 October, 3:00 pm, to 31 October, 12:30 pm. This may necessitate an arrival one day early or an additional night’s stay at personal expense at the conclusion of the seminar.

Registration Information

Since registration will be limited to 35-40 participants, to avoid disappointment you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. To request application instructions or additional information on conference arrangements, contact Cindy Hibma, Seminar Coordinator, at: [email protected]

Or call 626-821-8400 … Extension 1

For additional program information contact:
Tim Hibma at: [email protected]

Narramore Christian Foundation
250 W. Colorado Blvd., Suite 100
Arcadia. CA 91007

Telephone: 626-821-8400

What Attendees Have Said

“One of the greatest learning and fellowshipping experiences of my life.”

“The active listening workshop helped me identify and practice important counseling skills.”

“The seminar helped me understand myself, which helped our marriage and our work with others. I don’t know where our member care would be without it.”

“I got in touch with some personal pain which has been zapping my ability to tolerate the stress of my work. I am leaving with more relief than I can put into words.”

“I was impacted theologically. The seminar helped me think through my entire understanding of how people are healed and grow.”

“The couples workshop enabled me to talk about painful previously unspoken things with my spouse.”

“I wouldn’t trade this conference for any retreat we had before.”

“These have been two of the most significant weeks of our lives.”