Global Mental Health: Envisioning a Humanitarian Psychology


Conference Faculty: Marjorie Agosin, PhD; Stanley Berman, PhD; William Blakemore, MA; Jill Bloom, PhD; Monica Indart, PhD; Richard Mollica, MD; Amy Nitza, PhD; Nisha Sajnani, PhD; & Sebastian Ssempijja, PhD

The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of WW II, with more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine, and over 65 million people displaced by war, persecution and natural disasters. The humanitarian system is caring for more people in more places than was conceivable a generation ago. Humanitarian actors struggle to keep pace with the growing demands, while humanitarian action is mired in debates over definitions of effectiveness. The focus of this conference is on envisioning a humanitarian psychology –it is a call to action for psychology and global mental health to envision responses to global and local crises ranging from world violence to the spiraling impact of climate change. The keynote presentation, A Manifesto for Healing a Violent World, will be followed by two panels on Humanitarian Psychology in Action, and The Impact of Climate Change: Psychology’s Role. The Conference will conclude with a panel and audience discussion, An Action Plan for Envisioning a Humanitarian Psychology.

Specific learning objectives:

1. Recognize the magnitude of the current humanitarian crisis locally and globally
2. Identify the impact of the current humanitarian crisis upon vulnerable populations locally and globally
3. Demonstrate an increased awareness of the actions needed by psychology and global mental health to address the current crisis
4. Generate an action plan for a humanitarian psychology

Program Code: GMH6
Credits: 6
Fees: $150 for CE Credits; 75 for No CE Credits
Lunch is included.


  • When

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • William James College
    1 Wells Avenue
    Newton, Massachusetts 02459

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