Monday 2 July 2007

Member Care Training

What types of training and continuing education
are available for member care?

Here are a few examples.
We need a mechanism within the member care field to both track and communicate the various training opportunities.

Member care conferences (workshops at regional member care consultations)
Mental Health and Missions, Indiana USA, November;
Pastors to Mission, North Carolina, USA, December;
Personnel Conference, Virginia, USA, December; www.ifmamissions/personnel
Periodic Regional Consultations, such as in Europe and the Middle East

General mission conferences (workshops related to member care)

Member care-related conferences (secular)
Society for Human Resource Management.
Families in Global Transition;
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies;

One to four week general courses (within an organisation or open to those from many organisations)
YWAM South Asia, systematic/modular/ongoing training (in-house)
YWAM general (a few different courses, one week to four weeks)
Face to Face course by Operation Mobilisation (two weeks; October 2007 in RSA)
Link Care; (California, next course January 2008)
Heartstream; (Pennsylvania, USA)

Specialised courses/meetings/workshops (interpersonal skills, leadership development, coaching, peer debriefing, crisis management)
Mobile Member Care team;
Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills;
People in Aid;

Academic and degree courses in member care
Columbia International University, USA;

On-line modules
Headington Institute;

Correspondence courses

Academic courses and degrees in related fields

Self-directed reading and research (informal, as needed)

Informal and formal mentoring/supervision/peer consultation

Continuing education requirements for professionals (e.g., courses/materials on substance abuse, marital mediation, vaccinations)

Other things to think about:

1. Share more training opportunities, in addition to the above

2. Share ideas about a "global mechanism" for further tracking and communicating about opportunities for member care training

3. Future directions for training?


Anonymous said...

I found the IFMA link at:

Keith Webb said...

I lead a professional level coaching training in Asia, Europe and the USA. Member Care workers and organizational leaders have benefited from taking their coaching skills to a higher level.