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2024 Program Dates

  Member Care Training
April 16 - May 3
September 10 - 27

Debrief Week
March 18 - 25
June 10 - 17
July 15 - 22
October 7 - 14
November 4 - 11

Intensive Care Program
March 18 - April 1
June 10 - 24
July 15 - 29
October 7 - 21


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Intensive Program
Intensive Care Program
2 Week Program
Living together in community provides intensive support and care for restoration of cross-cultural workers who are suffering exhaustion, depletion, depression, burnout or other crisis as a result of ministry. Staff and guests live together with a high degree of interaction. The needs of the whole person are attended. Small groups provide an ideal setting for maximizing healing.

Our professional staff for this program has decades of overseas/cross-cultural/mission experience. 


  • March 18 - April 1

  • June 10 - 24

  • July 15 - 29

  • October 7 - 21

Member Care Training
Member Care Training
Member Care Courses: 3 weeks (arrive Monday of first week) 

With over 30 years dedicated to the care and training of missionaries, Lois Dodds, Ph.D. has taught graduate courses in over 40 countries, as well as in many other overseas contexts, such as U.S. embassies. 

Participants will learn how to use current resources in the care of missionaries, including conference and training information, books, and unpublished papers.Training Outcome: Participants will draft a work-paper of ways to improve the care given to members for his or her organization or field entity, based on the course content, class discussions and selected readings. These will be presented to the class.

Emphasis is given to the practical application of theories to the life of the individual and the effectiveness of the organization relating to and caring for persons. Major emphasis is given to the relationship of personality type to team work, leadership styles, communication styles, stressors and stress symptoms. Factors of influence in the individual’s development are examined in the light of stresses occurring in field settings.


  • April 16 - May 3

  • September 10 - 27

Counsel and Debrief

Missionary Debriefing and Counseling 



This is a one-week small group time which allows you to debrief your field or furlough time with trained counselors and de-briefers.  It is in our residential setting, with individual or couples sessions. Classes are relevant to your needs and provide tools for making sense of your experiences.  Spiritual care, worship, devotions, and discussions round out the time together. Price includes room and board.


  • March 18 - 25

  • June 10 - 17

  • July 15 - 22

  • October 7-14

  • November 4-11

  • In addition, some requests for debriefing are handled on an individual basis

In need of counseling or debriefing for your missionary life?  For both overseas field workers and “home country” missionaries, we are here to serve you.  The staff of Heartstream Resources has decades of experience living abroad in many countries, meeting the needs of missionaries and other humanitarian workers from many locations around the globe. 


Whether you work in an urban or rural setting serving sub-culture populations in your home country, or work abroad in another culture, we can help you process your experience, debrief your field term, and figure out strategies for your recovery and growth.  We can help you assess personal issues, field conflicts, systems issues, and other factors related to your service. 


Personal, individual counseling or debriefing, as well as couples and group counseling, are coupled with classes on the most relevant topics to cross-cultural life, and to spiritual guidance and resources.  Related activities in a small group, residential setting help you find others who share your life-style and concerns.

  • Counseling–individual, couples, families, small group

  • Debriefing of field or mission or other service experience

  • Pastoral, spiritual care with Christian worldview and resources

  • Conflict resolution—individuals, couples, teams

  • Classes designed for change and growth

  • Strategies for change

  • Small group setting, rooms, meals, activities

  • Residential setting with emphasis on holistic care

Missionary Evacuation


In need of help in processing your traumatic or difficult field experiences?

Returning from a dangerous location?

We provide you with Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) to help you recover, promote your wellbeing, and prevent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other serious outcomes to trauma. Evacuation from dangerous situations and setting requires proper intervention for the best recovery. We can help you or your group by providing debriefing, related activities, and residential care. Our counselors and de-briefers are trained and have decades of experience with workers from over a hundred countries.

  • Individual evacuation debriefing

  • CISD helps you process trauma and stress

  • Group evacuation debriefings

  • Individual evacuation debriefing

  • Make sense of your reactions in trauma

  • Strategies for recovery

  • Restoration you to service guidelines

  • Perspective: identify the positive and productive in the crisis or trauma to offset the negative and debilitating outcomes

  • Discover you are normal and not alone

Speakers & Seminars
Public Speaking & Seminars

Heartstream Resources staff teach a variety of courses and topics related to missions,
cross-cultural life, spiritual life, human development and leadership.

We teach the following courses at graduate level. Any topics or content from these courses can be used in smaller segments, in modular form, to build a workshop or course suitable to the needs of a group.

  • Servant Leadership

  • The Whole Person—Body, Mind and Spirit

  • Foundations of Leadership (Personal and professional)

  • Counseling: The Helping Relationship

  • Human Development in The Organizational Setting

  • Process of Adult Development

  • Dynamics of Spiritual Formation

  • Group and Conflict Dynamics

  • The Leader As An Agent of Change

  • Creative Leadership Personality

  • Ethics for The Professions (Managerial Ethics)

  • Directed Studies in Leadership


In addition to content from any of the above courses, staff teach on the following topics. We want to work with you to create classes or programs tailored to your group’s needs.

  • Cross-cultural adjustment process and challenges

  • Stress–foundations, prevention, burnout, interventions

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Critical incident debriefing (CID)

  • Human development–stages of mission life, stages of life, cycles of life

  • Physical health, nutrition, fitness, psychosomatic connections

  • Emotional and relational health through the use of God’s resources

  • Personal growth–processing emotion, communication, gaining self-insight, Biblical
    perspectives on self-esteem, identity in Christ

  • Communication skills–assertiveness, owning emotion, effective dialogue

  • Conflict skills, resolution, third party interventions

  • Personality studies–character transformation, personal change process, teaching and learning styles, type in children, type and stress, communication styles of types

  • Team building–using personality type and other tools

  • Spiritual warfare, use of spiritual resources

  • Bible study, devotional and other approaches in spiritual growth, methods

  • Spiritual gifts

  • Counseling skills—attitudes, basic qualities and skills for helping, selecting approaches

  • Servant leadership (Biblical model)

  • Community as a healing resource; making the most of the Body of Christ

  • Family life, marriage enrichment

  • Worship—importance, role, practice