InTransit offers the following services:
- Resilience assessment
- Psychological counseling | Treatment | Coaching
- Medical advice
- Training and consultancy on individual, team and organization level
- Debriefing | Re-entry counseling | Crisis intervention
Who is InTransit for?
- (Future) missionaries and other people working cross-cultural, and their families
- (Adult) Mission Kids and Third Culture Kids
- Returning missionaries and other people working cross-cultural
- Missionaries who are deployed for a short or long time
- Missionary organizations and other deploying organizations
Click here for more information for clients who seek InTransit’s help for a consult, debriefing or counseling.
A resilience assessment is an examination focused on the resilience of a future missionary worker and accompanying family members with regard to living and working in a different culture. InTransit executes assessments to prevent disappointment, frustration and premature return. Recommendations will be provided to strengthen the wellbeing and functioning of the worker during deployment. An assessment can be requested by the sending organization (click here for the brochure) or by the future worker themselves (click here for the brochure). The instruments which InTransit adopts in the assessment are questionnaires, interviews and tests. The assessment report contains a description of the personality and the strengths and weaknesses of the (future) worker. The possible consequences of these for functioning in the specific context and culture in which the worker will be placed will be discussed. This will result in recommendations for further preparations, placement and guidance.
Do you want to get started with the recommendations from the assessment? InTransit also offers coaching for people who want to incorporate specific results that have been presented in the assessment report. Candidates who choose coaching at InTransit receive a discount on their first session.
Psychological counseling | Treatment | Coaching
When familiar, well-known foundations are undermined, some experiences or events can hit home extra hard. InTransit provides counseling, treatment and coaching for psychosocial problems that are related to expatriate life. This will improve resilience. Some problems that may come up:
- (Impending) burnout
- Culture shock
- Appropriation problems
- Trauma and post-traumatic stress
- Relationship and family problems
- Phase of life issues
- Re-entry stress
- Struggling with loss, identity issues, feeling displaced
InTransit is extensively experienced in missionary psychology for adults, adolescents and children. During the registration phase it will be determined whether and which form of psychological counseling, treatment or coaching is necessary and desired. If the issues cannot be treated by our employees, we will redirect you to a suitable organization or practitioner as soon as possible. We can also provide you with other sources that are helpful in solving or managing the problems mentioned before.
Our doctor is available for consultations and advice with regard to the physical health of workers who are or want to be deployed. We can help you with:
- Fit for Duty; medical check before deployment This can be combined with a resilience assessment (contact us for a package price)
- Consultation and/or redirection to specialist help in the case of physical (and psychological) health problems
- Medical (and psychological) advice and consultation with regard to deployment, work, regulations and health
- Guidance in employability during and after illness
Training and consultancy on individual, team and organization level
People who work abroad have to adapt to a different working and living environment and will deal with types of stress that they were not aware of in their home country. They will heavily rely on their resilience. A successful deployment starts with awareness, readjusting expectations and learning skills that will strengthen the resilience. InTransit provides trainings and workshops for individuals, teams and organizations, Our selection will be continuously tailored to the demand and to current themes.
Possible themes of trainings and workshops include:
- Keep Burning or Burning Out? (Developing a healthy lifestyle)
- Cross-cultural Communication and Coping with Conflict
- Abroad with the Family
- Abroad Alone
- Transition and Re-entry
There is a complete package based on the book Uitgezonden. This package consists of ten sessions of an hour (individually or in a group) in which the rules for missionaries are discussed and applied to the situation of the worker. In preparation for these sessions, the worker will study a chapter of the book and make the specific assignments. The total study load is approximately forty hours. You can contact us for a training tailored to your needs. Consultancy InTransit is available for advice to individuals, teams and organizations with questions regarding missionary psychology. Some examples:
- Missionary organizations with questions about the prevention of premature return of workers.
- Churches that want advice on how to offer pastoral care to missionaries.
- Individuals with questions about psychological processes regarding a departure, stay and return from abroad.
- Medical policy advice for deploying organizations.
Consultancy can be organized on location, but also through video calling, phone or mail.
Debriefing | Re-entry counseling | Crisis counseling
During the stay abroad, the expatriate and the family members experience a lot. The purpose of a debriefing is to process events that took place and to strengthen the resilience. InTransit executes debriefing interviews during leave and at (unexpected) return. Debriefing interviews are geared towards personal life. These interviews reflect on the past, present and future. The main focus will be on life events, daily stresses and other experiences that have had a positive or negative effect on life. If a traumatic event has taken place, (such as a natural disaster, an accident, violence or an evacuation) ‘critical incident debriefing’ will be applied. In this debriefing, the focus will be on organizing and processing the thoughts and feelings concerning the traumatic event.
InTransit offers returning missionaries psychological counseling in re-integrating in the new living and working environment. The transition to the new environment can be a complex process. In this stage, InTransit can be of support to strengthen the resilience.
In crisis situations in the field, individuals and organizations can call on InTransit for psychological and medical advice, consultation and guidance. Where necessary, we will redirect to a relevant organization or caregiver.