Working Overseas

Counseling cross-culturally

Just as in our home countries, in the fragile, central Asian country where I live and work, there is a growing realization of how important mental health is. Years of war and high levels of stressful life experiences like poverty and family violence mean more than 50% of the population here live with high levels…

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Listening with respect

I see myself more as a Jack-of-all-trades than a specialist. I spent more of my working life raising children than in my profession. In my new country, I work in ‘support.’ I do not run any projects myself. ‘Support’ for me may mean collating clinical data, making cushions, dolls and straps for disability work, applying…

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A different way of doing medicine

I was only fourteen when I decided I wanted to work overseas as a doctor showing Jesus’ love. I assumed I would be going to Africa. But I was surprised to learn that female medical personnel were most needed in Muslim countries, where women must see a female professional and sometimes died when there were…

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Patience and Professionalism

We came to this country later in our careers. Over the last five years our focus has been on childhood disability, and now our clinical work, teaching and research and our learning from these areas help provide input into national health policy. We’re still asking the same questions we were at the outset. Is our…

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