Psychologists and Psychiatrists. We need you! Could you use your professional counselling skills to serve and support mission workers across Africa, from Tumaini in Nairobi, Kenya? Have you got a minimum of three years professional experience that you could use on the mission field? If so, this could be the opportunity for you.
Since 1991, AIM and Wycliffe Bible Translators International (WBTI), have worked cooperatively to provide counselling and support services for missionaries at Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
After 25 years of service in Nairobi, Tumaini Kampala opened its doors for counselling in March 2016. Tumaini Counselling Service in Kampala, Uganda, offers confidential clinical services which are available to any Christian missionary working in Africa. These range from clinical care to simply helping missionaries normalise the challenges and frustrations of missionary life.
The missionary life can be an adventure. People go with a calling and enthusiasm and a set of expectations. They dive into ministry and make an effort to balance this with the many facets of life — marriage, family, relationships, responsibilities, and their walk with God. But no matter how long people have been overseas, many aspects are still foreign.
Could you walk this path alongside those who need your support? We’re looking for deeply committed professionals who can integrate their Christian faith with their counselling practice. The goal will be to strengthen missionaries on the path that God has called them.
Ministry & type of work
Tumaini is a Swahili word meaning ‘hope’. Tumaini Counselling Centres serve the members of AIM, WBTI, SIL and also missionaries from over 160 like-minded agencies throughout Africa. Their mission is to provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care, in order to enhance missionary resilience and fruitfulness. In 2002 they moved into a facility designed to facilitate their functioning, both in confidential counselling ministry as well as their more public preventative care ministry and as a conference centre. In 2016 they opened a new Tumaini Counselling Centre in Kampala, Uganda, to better serve missionaries working in central Africa.
We need people to provide psychiatric evaluation and treatment, psychological or psychotherapeutic evaluations and treatment, and people who can assist with and lead workshops and seminars on related issues.
We’re also looking to develop the team of clinicians serving in Kampala. We’re looking for people willing to commit at least two years of service. As well as psychiatrists and psychologists, we need marriage and family therapists. To increase the fruitfulness of ministry we are seeking to help missionaries develop resilience. Could you support them by:
- Providing counselling to individuals, couples and families
- Assisting or leading workshops on mental health issues
- Providing information and advice to teams and team leaders regarding family and marriage issues
- Being available to provide advice to AIM leadership?
Experience & Qualifications
You will need to have appropriate professional qualifications and accreditations for the role you wish to fulfill
It would be great if you have previous missions experience, including cross cultural living and ministry, and have worked in a team context. It would also be good if you have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team, of working with children and youth, and of distance counselling.
We’re also looking for short term support in both Nairobi, Kenya and in Kampala, Uganda. If you or someone you know is a trained counsellor, therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist, who would be willing to give up a shorter amount of time to serve in this way, then you can contact us to find out more. Email Debbie at email@example.com