Theresa, there are times when a mission wants a family to come to us for counseling, but they don’t want to, for any number of reasons. Most of the time they don’t feel they are having the problems the mission thinks they are. In many of these cases, the Mission Board has “forced” them to come by saying they could not remain on the field if they continued to refuse to get care.
While we have had lots of success stories with these people who felt they were dragged to us, I have wondered about the “legality” of this push to get help…
Do you have any views about this? I can see numerous instances or situations where a person’s health, safety, and adjustment is compromised by mental health, interpersonal, and safety issues on the field that need mental health intervention. I look forward to hearing from you!
Disclaimer: not official legal or psychological advice or opinion
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