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26 & 27 September 2023 | Nairobi, Kenya​

Humanitarian Mental Health​

Charting the Future of Staff Support and Management

Countdown to the Humanitarian Mental Health Conference:


Learn more about our upcoming Humanitarian Mental Health Conference, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Humanitarian Mental Health is a two-day conference that prioritizes the mental health and wellness of humanitarian workers. Join members of the Headington Institute clinical team for a learning experience that balances the theoretical and practical to equip you for your role in humanitarian response.

Day One:

Empowering Resilience: Sustainable Strategies for Thriving in Humanitarian Work

26 September 2023 | 8:00am – 5:00pm

A full-day experience including workshop sessions and lunchtime discussion for humanitarian workers.

Day One equips humanitarian staff to understand and discuss the stress of working within high-stress contexts and supporting people experiencing various hardships and trauma. Based on 22 years of research and work in the field, workshop leaders work with participants to build their own toolbox of strategies to stay resilient, considering the challenges of this type of work.

Day One is designed for all humanitarian employees working in high-stress contexts. Participants will have the opportunity to take an individual resilience assessment as part of the training. At the end of the conference, all participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

What Humanitarian Workers Can Expect:
  1. Hands-on understanding of how stress and trauma impact humanitarian workers.
  2. Experience and practice proven strategies to manage stress when working in high-stress contexts.
  3. Learn to incorporate the seven factors of resiliency into your work. 
  4. Take an individual resilience assessment to see how you are doing compared to other humanitarian workers.
  5. Hear from leading trauma and resilience experts in the field of mental health and wellness.
  6. Network and build support for your work with others involved in the humanitarian sector.
  7. New tools to support your well-being when working in high-stress environments.

Subject to Change.

8:00am – 8:30am   |   Registration

8:30am – 9:15am   |   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30am – 11:30am   |   Workshop 1                 

11:30am – 11:45am   |   Break

11:45am – 1:15pm   |   Workshop 2

1:15pm – 2:15pm   |   Lunch and Networking

2:15pm – 4:00pm   |   Workshop 3

4:00pm – 4:20pm   |   Break 

4:20pm – 5:00pm   |   Wrap Up

Day Two:

Trauma-Informed Leadership: Fostering Resilience and a Positive Work Environment in Humanitarian Work

27 September 2023 | 8:00am – 2:00pm

A half-day learning experience with two workshops and a lunchtime discussion for leaders and managers in the humanitarian sector. 

Day Two resources managers that oversee humanitarian staff. By learning to building a sense of psychological safety and staff care in their workplace, managers within humanitarian organizations can better support their workers’ overall health and effectiveness. When workers are supported, organizations can expect: increased job satisfaction, improved productivity, and, ultimately, better outcomes for the communities they serve.

Day Two is designed for managers that oversee staff working in high-stress humanitarian settings. At the end of the conference, all participants will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

What Managers Can Expect:
  1. How to have difficult and crucial conversations with staff that are struggling while working in high-stress environments.
  2. How to take care of yourself when you are under pressure with competing demands.
  3. Hands-on understanding of leading and managing through challenging humanitarian work context.
  4. Understand your staff so you can build psychological safety on your teams.
  5. Get support from leadership experts around the difficult management problems facing those engaged in humanitarian work.
  6. Discover real world strategies to retain staff, support their growth, and build resiliency while engaging in humanitarian work.
  7. Network and build support for your work with others involved in the humanitarian sector.

Subject to Change.

8:00am – 8:30am   |   Registration

8:30am – 9:15am   |   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30am – 11:30am   |   Workshop 1                 

11:30am – 11:45am   |   Break

11:45am – 1:15pm   |   Workshop 2

1:15pm – 2:15pm   |   Lunch and Wrap up



The Boma Hotel | Nairobi

South C (Bellevue), Red Cross Road, Off Mombasa Road P.O. Box 26601 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Registration and Costs

Early registration is available until 11:59 pm (GMT+3) on 15 August 2023.


Registration is a two step process:

  1. Click the register button below and pay the conference fee through your chosen payment method (M-PESA, credit card, or invoice). 

  2. Complete the registration form with your M-PESA confirmation code or you credit card order number. If your organization would like to be invoiced for attendance by a group of staff, please fill out the registration form and contact our conference team at

You are not registered for the conference until your payment and registration form has been received. All payments will be made in KSH/KES.

  Day One: 26 September

     Early registration price: KSH 3800 (Pay by 15 August 2023)

     Regular price: KSH 4200

  Day Two: 27 September

     Early registration price: KSH  3400 (Pay by 15 August 2023)

     Regular Price: KSH 3800  

Refund Policy

Thank you for considering attending our conference. We understand that circumstances may arise that prevent you from participating as planned. To ensure transparency and clarity, we have established the following refund policies:

All refund requests must be submitted by email to, no later than 1 September 2023. Refund requests made after 1 September 2023 will not be eligible for a refund.

Full Refunds: If a refund request is submitted before the specified deadline, a full refund of the conference registration fee will be issued, excluding an 800 KSH administration fee.

Refund Processing Time: We strive to process refund requests in a timely manner. The refund will be issued using the original payment method whenever possible. Please note that it may take additional time for the refund to appear on your account statement, depending on your financial institution.

We value your understanding and cooperation regarding our refund policy. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact our conference support team at

To facilitate the refund process, please provide the following information along with your refund request:

  • Full name of the registered attendee
  • Proof of payment (including payment receipt and transaction ID)

About the Conference

If you need assistance with payment, or have any questions about the event, please reach out us. Our team is available by phone/Whatsapp: +254 711 484 157  or by email:

Conference Speakers

Dr. Sheila Muchemi

Consulting Psychologist | Kenya
Sheila Konyu Muchemi is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works in private practice and teaches doctoral psychology students. She has facilitated workshops, offered psychological support for participants on HEAT courses, and worked individually with humanitarian workers in high-risk contexts.

Dr. Scott Grover

Director of Clinical Services | USA
Scott Grover is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides training, counseling, & consulting services. With a background in training mental health professionals specializing in trauma treatments, he is particularly interested in research related to training humanitarian aid workers for high-risk environments.

Dr. Diane Flannery

Chief Executive Officer | USA
Diane Flannery holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. She is passionate about social enterprise and innovation. Dr. Flannery has over 30 years of leadership experience domestically and internationally developing innovative ways to successfully lead and manage high-risk environments.

Headington Institute

The Headington Institute is an internationally recognized global organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and resilience of humanitarian and aid workers. For 22 years It has offered a range of resources, training programs, and services to support the well-being of individuals working in high-stress and trauma-exposed environments.

The Headington Institute’s mission is to provide evidence-based training and psychological support to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of humanitarian organizations and their staff. The Institute focuses on addressing the unique challenges faced by humanitarian workers and equips them with the tools and strategies to maintain their well-being and perform their work effectively.

Through its research, training programs, and consultancy services, the Headington Institute aims to advance the understanding of mental health and psychosocial support in the humanitarian sector. It collaborates with humanitarian organizations, academic institutions, and experts in the field to contribute to the development of best practices and resources for supporting the well-being of humanitarian workers.

The Headington Institute has extensive on-the-ground experience working in many African countries, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the United States.