Mental Health and Missions Conference (MHM)

November 21-24, 2019

Potawatomi Inn, Angola, Indiana

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

2019 Theme: Collected Wisdom: Enhancing Missionary Flourishing

November 21-24, 2019

Presenters Plenary Sessions
Nancy Crawford &
Karen Carr
40th MHM Celebration
Steve Sweatman Common Practices of Those Who Flourish: Don’t Go It Alone
Alex Galloway Clinical Model for Wholistic Member Care—A Multi-Modal Approach
Geoff Whiteman What Missionaries Share About How They Became Resilient: Three Key Supportive Relationships
Duncan Westwood Flourish and Fear
Presenters Workshops
Mark Burkholder Help–I’m a Licensed Counselor in a Member Care World!
Deborah Byler God’s Wounded Servants: Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse
Leonard Cerny & Don Allen Perspective Stress Training – A Millennial, Gen X, and Baby Boomer Case Study
Lois Dodds Predictable Factors in Flourishing: Evident in 27 Years’ Holistic, Group, Residential Programs
Jill Dodge &
Judyann Gallego-Leonard
Compassion Fatigue: Is it the Cost of Caring?
Alex Galloway Applying the Wholistic Member Care Model: Exploring, Experiencing and Integrating Coaching, Healing Prayer and Spiritual Direction in the Care of Missionaries
Amy Galloway Putting on the Lens of Life and Leader Development
Ann Hamel Return to Palau: Missionary Trauma and the Pathway to Recovery
Stan Haegert,
Charlie Schaefer &
Frauke Schaefer
Healing the Medical Soul: Helping Healthcare Professionals Who Serve Cross-Culturally to Flourish
Tim Hibma, Mark Ventrella, Roger Brown, Yih-Jia Chang, Haley Chitty, Mary Westergren, John Leverington, Rebecca Leverington What Hinders Missionaries (including Missionary Therapists) from Flourishing: The View from Four On-field Member Care Counseling Agencies
David Lane Group Intervention for the Treatment of Trauma-Related Experiences
Ned McGrady &
Marlene McGrady
A Model of Member Care: A Wholistic Approach to Member Health
Wanda Malcolm &
Beth Anne Fisher
Fostering Wellness: A Data-Driven Exploration of Ministry-Specific Sources of Satisfaction and Stress
Philip Nelson &
Nancy Crawford
What We Can Learn from the Fragile State Index and Other Measures in Placing and Supporting Missionaries
Ruth Van Reken Flourishing: Sharing God’s Ministry of Comfort to Us with Others

2019 Rates

Double Room (per person)  $ 632
Single Room *  $ 787

* 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.
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!
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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.
  • Kristy Fujiura, Psy.D.
  • Andrew Brown, M.A.
  • Karen Carr, Ph.D.