Children

It can be beneficial for children over the age of 5 to be debriefed if you are moving permanently to a new situation (either home or to a different country with your mission) or if you have been together in a crisis situation.

Children not being debriefed but traveling with their parents

Transition Debriefing for Children

Crisis Intervention for Children

Debriefing Application Form for Children

 

Children not being debriefed but traveling with their parents

Creative processing assignments are given to do outside the debriefing sessions.  For those who have small children (under 5), it can be challenging to remain focused while caring for their children.  Unfortunately, due to staffing constraints we are unable to provide childcare. 

For those who are coming from home, we would like to encourage you to leave your small children at home, if it is at all possible.  For those on their way home from the field, this is often impractical.  Therefore, we prefer you arrange to bring a "nanny" along with you if your children are not going to be debriefed and are under the age of 10 years or unable to take care of themselves during the time you will be in sessions. (We have a limited number of toys, games and children's videos available.)  We will decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not small children are accepted, depending upon your childcare arrangements.

 

Transition Debriefing for Children

Parents will have completely different issues from their children, of course, so it is considered best practice not to debrief the family together unless the parents have been through a personal debrief or have attended one of our debriefing retreats prior to being with the children in a transition debrief. There are several options for families:

  1. Parents attend a Transition Retreat for yourselves. At no extra charge, we will provide you with helpful tools so you may debrief your children when you return home. (a very good option, especially for those with children under 12 years of age)
  2. For those with children that you would rather have go through a full debriefing program, we can set up 2 separate weeks for the family (one week for the parents alone and one for the family together). Parents may do either a Personal Debrief or any Debriefing Retreat in advance. This can happen either back-to-back or several weeks or months apart, depending upon scheduling. Doing it this way is a great way to strengthen family dynamics and is considered "best practice."
  3. If both options above are impractical for you, it may be possible to have the children debriefed the same week as the parents, but this will be done by separate debriefers and the sessions will not be together with the family. This will also depend upon availability of our debriefing staff. Normally, this would have to be arranged far in advance. In addition, if the children are less than 10 years old, you will still need to arrange for a nanny because your children will likely be in shorter debriefing sessions than you.

 

Crisis Intervention

If your family has been through a crisis situation and the children are at least 5 years old, contact us to talk about the best options. Each case wil be different, depending upon personalities, involvement in the incident, and the nature of the crisis.

 

Debriefing Application Form for Children

Please fill in a separate application form for each child you would like us to debrief.

 

Le Rucher Ministries is affiliated with the Association of Christian Counsellors, UK (ACC)