TELOS international, inc. focuses on mental health and relational well-being from a Christian perspective. Recognizing the wholeness of Truth, TELOS seeks to wed the best training in mental health with a faithful Christian worldview. While TELOS provides services within its home country of the United States, a significant portion of its efforts and ministries are provided internationally.
TELOS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation—all contributions to its ministry are tax-deductible.
Domestic and International Services are provided in the following areas:
- Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling/Therapy
- Life and Leadership Coaching and Consultation
- Education/Training in Living, Relating, Leading & Counseling/Member Care
- Speaking and Retreats
- Candidate screening
- Reentry and trauma debriefing
International Clinical/Training Associates and Teams have served in:
Albania · Australia · Bulgaria · Burundi · Cyprus · East Asia · Germany · Hungary · Israel · Jordan · Kenya · Kosovo · Mexico · Mongolia · Nicaragua · Romania · Russia · Taiwan · Thailand · Uganda · Ukraine · Venezuela
Internationally, TELOS provides services to:
- Like-minded individuals
- Other “ex-pats”
Grounded in the Christian faith and its Scripture along with being informed by the study of persons and relationships, it is the philosophy of TELOS:
- To value persons served as equals and partners
- To be open, teachable service providers
- To partner with people over time
- To equip others and to train trainers so that ministry multiplies and is not dependent on TELOS
- To trust God to supply lead, guide, and provide
The name TELOS comes from the Greek New Testament. It is a simple, yet powerful word, rich in nuance. Depending upon context, it can be translated:
Paul uses a form of the word telos when he declares it is his aim to present every person mature, complete in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
TELOS international seeks to cooperate with The Spirit in the privilege and adventure of presenting every person mature and complete in Christ. TELOS works to assist individuals, couples, families, groups, churches, and organizations to be Christ-like and to achieve their God-intended goals and purposes.
TELOS associates and team members are faithful disciples of Christ who are also mental health professionals. Although associates and team members work from a variety of approaches within the mental health professions, TELOS seeks to foster a perspective that is spiritually rooted and which understands relationship systems in which persons are nurtured, reared, trained, live, work, and serve.
In addition to the counseling and consultation provided by TELOS, education and training (e.g., courses, seminars, workshops) are provided in numerous areas of living, working, and ministering, including the kinds of special needs and demands encountered while living internationally. Some of the topics/issuesaddressed are (This is a partial list; others can be addressed upon request.):
- Effective communication (both listening and speaking)
- Conflict Management
- Problem-solving and decision-making
- Stress, Crisis, Trauma, and Coping
- Marital Relationships/Enrichment
- Family Relationships/Enrichment
- Effective Parenting
- Domestic Violence
- Pastoral/Member Care
- Spiritual Growth and Development
- Effective Team Work
In addition to international on-site services, TELOS provides state-side services such as:
- Individual, couple, and family therapy
- Re-entry/transition consultation and debriefing
- Candidacy screening
TELOS’ financial philosophy for international services:
TELOS believes that recipients of services need and want to invest in what they receive and that allowing them to invest provides a sense of ownership and dignity. TELOS recognizes that each situation varies. Therefore, as part of the planning of each ministry, among the things discussed and negotiated are the financial arrangements. Hosts provide what they can; TELOS associates/team members pay what they can; people who are concerned about this kind of ministry contribute what they can. Thus, among all these Kingdom investors, the financial costs of the work are underwritten.