Mental Health and Missions Conference (MHM)

November 15-18, 2018

What is MHM?

 Focus on Unique Issues Facing Mental Health Professionals Serving in the World of Missions

Mutual Encouragement

Professional Development

Intellectually Stimulating

Personally Refreshing

2018 Theme: Mental Health and Missions

Dates: November 15-18, 2018 – Potawatomi Inn, Angola, Indiana

Plenary Sessions
Scott Shaum Banquet
Sandra Smith & Sheryl O’Bryan GenZ and TCKs
Pamela Davis, Nate Thom, Luke Tseng Nuanced Resilience: What REALLY Matters for Cross-Cultural Workers
Frauke Schaefer Serving Many Without Burning Out: A Community Member Care Model
Scott Shaum Sunday Morning
Brenda Keck and Kristy Fujiura  How to Get Involved in Mental Health Services Within the Context of Missions (Intro Session)
Timothy Blaney The Five Factor Model of “Normal” Personality: An Introduction
Pamela Davis, Nate Thom, Luke Tseng Nuanced Resilience, Part 2: Gender and Ministry Location
Lois Dodds Help Your Clients Treat Their Own Depression:  25 Strategies for Change
Sonji Gregory The Impact of Interpersonal Differences on Missionary Couples
Tim Hibma & Panel On-Field Clinical Realities in Missions
Phyllis Michael & Rand Michael Sexuality in Christian Perspective: An Integrated Understanding of God’s Gracious Gift
Karen Nash Understanding and Enhancing Attachment: Helping Missionaries Build Secure Relationships
Charlie Schaefer & Kendall Robins Thinking Forward: Navigating Telepractice Successfully
Stephanie Schwarz Resilience Doughnut Applied to Missionary Transitions
Sandra Smith & Sheryl O’Bryan GenZ and TCKs
Steve Sweatman In Praise of Slow: Increasing Wisdom, Pleasure and Connectedness
Laurie Anne Tone Stress Management Techniques for Females and Younger Generation Missionaries

2018 Rates

Double Room  $ 620
Single Room  $ 775

* Single room reservations are for one person only.
STUDENTS: Please request the Discount Code at, including the name of your school and the degree that you are pursuing.


The affirmation and encouragement of my calling to care for missionaries, learning better ways to do it, and being a part of a like-minded community is exceptionally valuable.
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I got to gather information, had stimulating thoughts, and left with ideas for implementation; all of this while still feeling recharged. Thanks!
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It is so great to have time to network and interact face-to-face with colleagues, and also hear personal stories related to theoretical concepts. On top of that, I learned practical ways to connect experience/training with opportunities for service.
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I enjoyed networking and the excellent integration of mental health issues, spiritual issues, and missionary stressors and how to resolve and heal, assess and prevent.
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This conference is the one to go to if you are interested in taking care of God’s people and getting help to do it! There’s networking (with time to build the relationships), competent speakers, and countless resources available. All of this and there is still a main focus on taking care of your heart through worship, encouragement, and time to rest!
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MHM is meant for counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and any other mental health providers. Such individuals will find this conference relationally rich and professionally invigorating. Although member care personnel and leaders from mission agencies are welcome, please recognize that presenters will be targeting mental health practitioners.

What are the unique issues that are facing mental health professionals who serve in the world of missions? How can we learn from each other so that we can serve cross-cultural workers more effectively? These questions are at the heart of the Mental Health & Missions (MHM) conference every year.

The Mental Health and Missions Conference is held at the Potawatomi Inn, located by the shores of Lake James in the Pokagon State Park in Angola, Indiana. The Inn is within driving distance of: Fort Wayne (1 hr), Detroit (2 hrs), Indianapolis (3 hours), or Chicago (3 to 4 hrs).

Registration is open at 3 pm on Thursday. The conference begins with a banquet at 6 pm and ends on Sunday with a Plenary which ends at 11 am and brunch served until 2 pm.

The Research & Resource Fair is an interactive venue for sharing relevant research and ministry resources. Held Friday night, the fair showcases 20-30 organizational resources, literary reviews, and presentations of research. Share your valuable knowledge and organizational connections with the MHM community! To participate, please fill out a Research and Resource Fair form.

The conference vision and direction rests on the shoulders of a team of program coordinators from various organizations. As a part of their role, these coordinators choose each year’s theme and presentations. Additionally, Mission Training International serves as conference host–providing administrative and logistical support.
The program coordinators are:

  • Nancy Crawford, Psy.D.
  • Tim Hibma, M.S.W.
  • Brenda Keck, M.F.T.
  • Kristy Fujiura, Psy.D.
  • Andrew Brown, M.A.