November 18-21, 2021
New Conference Location -- Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center, Pottsboro, Texas
What is MHM?
Focus on Unique Issues Facing Mental Health Professionals Serving in the World of Missions
2021 Theme: Collaboration: Doing Together What None Can Do Alone
November 18-21, 2021
|Scott Shaum||God’s Disposition and Vocational Generosity: A Reflection from Psalm 130|
|Kevin Hamp, Grace Shim, & Paweena (Ying) Woothitha||The Risks and Challenges of Collaboration: Is It Worth It?|
|Stan Haegert, Frauke Schaefer & Robert Watson||Pooling Our Strengths: MedSend’s Longevity Project for Medical Missionary Thrival|
The Well International
Cornerstone Counseling Foundation
Tumaini Counselling Centre
Olive Tree Counseling Center
|Panel: What Hinders Missionaries (including Missionary Therapists) from Flourishing: The View from Five On-field Member Care Counseling Agencies|
|Scott Shaum||Of Anxious Toil, Wise Labor, and Co-Agency with God: We are Invited into God’s Restoration of All Things|
|Lois Dodds||Benefits of Multi-Disciplinary Teams in Mental Health Care–Missions and Beyond|
|Kimberly Drage||Organizations, Missionary Well-Being & Covid-19|
|Bill Finnell||Therapeutic Missionary Debriefing: Developing a Practical Debriefing Program for Returning Missionaries|
|Tim Friesen||Creating Communities of Hope through Development of Sustainable Child Trauma Recovery Programs|
Stan Haegert, Frauke Schaefer & Robert Watson
Interagency and Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Five Years of Learnings in Málaga, Spain
Working It Out: Unpacking Real-Life Collaborative Efforts
|Brenda Jank||A Rest That Works: Equipping Mission Teams to Thrive and Flourish|
|Kenyon Knapp & Mark Saunders||Counselor Education Nationally & Mental Health Worldwide: Implications for the Mental Health of Missionaries|
|Aaron McLaughlin, Wendy
(Li-Cih) Hsu & Stephen Allison
|Fueling Collaborative Efforts: A Review of Research, Practical Tools, and Areas for Growth in Serving Missionaries and Third Culture Individuals|
|David Nicholson||Collaboration Training in the Digital Age|
|Grace Shim, Kevin Hamp, & Ying Woothitha||“Downloading and Uploading”: A Counseling Center’s Journey Towards Greater Interdependence and Collaboration|
Healthy Sexuality: God’s Good Design for Us
Race and Missions: Unity in Diversity
|Justin Smith||Always Together, Always Alone: TCK Therapists|
|Tim Smith||Experiences with Collaboration in Addressing Trauma at a Greek Refugee Camp|
|Tim Smith||Mental Health of Expatriates Who Did Not Complete a Cross-Cultural Assignment|
|Ingo Tophoven||Church and Mental Health Ministries – Opportunities and Pitfalls|
|Bob Watson||Practicing Lament: A Biblical, Communal Response to Disorientation, Moral Injury, Pain, and Loss|
|Dale Wayman||Contextual Clues in Cultures: Understanding High and Low Context Cultures|
|Double Room (per person)||$ TBD|
|Single Room *||$ TBD|
* Single room reservations are for one person only.
STUDENTS: Please request the Discount Code at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
I got to gather information, had stimulating thoughts, and left with ideas for implementation; all of this while still feeling recharged. Thanks!
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.
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.
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!
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 new location for the Mental Health and Missions conference is Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center in Pottsboro, Texas! Please take a look at the new venue and join us at the conference!
Tanglewood Resort is approximately 1 1/2 hours from DFW and Dallas Love Field airports, and shuttles are available at designated times on the first and last days of conference.
Registration is open at 3 pm on Thursday. The conference begins with a banquet at 6 pm and the last session ends on Sunday at 11 am.
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.
- Kristy Fujiura, Psy.D.
- Andrew Brown, M.A.
- Karen Carr, Ph.D.
- Elizabeth Loewer, M.A.