MC Update--July 2017
During 2017 we are syncing our CORE MC entries with our monthly MC Updates. Essentially, we'll add a monthly weblog entry that contains brief excerpts from the MC Update for that month. By linking their two strap lines together, the purpose and potential for connecting these two MCA tools becomes clear: "expanding the global impact of member care...reflections, research, and resources for good practice." May these materials encourage and equip you as you endeavor to practice member care well, with character, competence, and compassion.
Stories and Strategies
Reflections on Adversity and Wellbeing
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In this Update we feature several personal stories of caregivers working in member care, mission, and mental health. These are mainly accounts of dealing with adversity: struggles for sanity and survival, healing and wellbeing, both in one's own life and in the lives of people and populations with whom one works. Most of these accounts are current (Part One--2017). Others are more vintage, harkening back 15 years to three foundational volumes for member care (Part Two--2002)….
--Personal Armor. Christine Spolar, Sharing the Front Line and the Back Hills (2002, pp. 301-302). “I had been a reporter for nearly a dozen years when I met Sarajevo. Nothing could prepare me, really, for its deadly game of chance….no one ever spoke much about the personal armor needed to weather a war...the emotional risks writing about war…There was no time or place to tell the private battles waged to capture the trauma on paper.”
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Kelly and Michèle