Mental Health and Missions Conference (MHM)


November 17-20, 2022

2022 Theme: Responding to Disruptive Change in Mental Health and Missions

Thanks to the 182 Participants that made MHM 2022 a Success!


Save the Date for MHM 2023: November 16-19, 2023

2023 Conference Location – Hurst Conference Center, Hurst Texas

2023 Conference Theme:

Weaving a Tapestry: Visualizing God’s Creativity in Mental Health in Missions

Proposal Deadline Extended to February 18, 2023


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


2022 Conference Rate: $415, not including hotel or airport transportation

Late Fee of $85 ($500) will be applied after October 31

New this year, attendees must book their own hotel separately and arrange their own transportation (area hotels provide transportation)

2022 Theme: Responding to Disruptive Change in Mental Health and Missions

Presenters Plenary Sessions

Mental Health and Missions Conference 2022 has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit. Sessions approved for NBCC credit are clearly identified (see Detailed Schedule-At-A-Glance and MHM Plenary and Workshop Descriptions, below). Missionary Training International is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. NBCC Approval No. SP-4053.


MHM 2022 Overall Schedule (pdf)

MHM 2022 Detailed Schedule-At-A-Glance (pdf)

MHM Plenary and Workshop Full Descriptions (pdf)


Testimonials

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.
MHM Attendee

I got to gather information, had stimulating thoughts, and left with ideas for implementation; all of this while still feeling recharged. Thanks!
MHM Attendee

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.
MHM Attendee

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.
MHM Attendee

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 Attendee


Benefits

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.

MHM is also meant for students working towards becoming counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and any other mental health providers with an interest in serving the missions community. Students will find this conference relationally rich and professionally invigorating. There is a separate luncheon (included) just for students on the Friday of the conference.

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.

This year, we are meeting at the state-of-the-art Hurst Conference Center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Free parking is available at the conference center, and there are 4 hotels within easy walking distance. Unlike previous venues, we will be in a suburban setting, close to area airports and with restaurants and other conveniences nearby. Registration is open at 2:30 pm on Thursday. Dinner is available between 5:00 and 6:30pm and the opening session begins at 6:30pm. On Sunday, the last session will end by 11am.

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:

  • Tim Hibma, M.S.W.
  • Karen Carr, Ph.D.
  • Kristy Fujiura, Psy.D.
  • Andrew Brown, M.A.
  • Elizabeth Loewer, Psy.D.
  • Charlie Schaefer, Ph.D.