Call for Conference Papers

Conference Theme/Title: Healing Rifts and Nurturing Resilience: Trauma, Treatments and Traditions, Focusing on East Africa
Conference Date: April 26-27, 2018
Pre-conference Date: April 25, 2018

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to "Healing Rifts and Nurturing Resilience: Trauma, Treatments and Traditions, Focusing on East Africa". This event is organized by the following co-sponsoring entities: Uganda Clinical Psychology Association (UCPA); Uganda Behavioral Health Alliance in USA (UBHA); Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC (SFPP); Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding (MSP) program, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and University of Kisubi (UniK) which is also the host location in Entebbe, Uganda.

This will be our 4th conference on Mental Health Care in Uganda, since 2012, and the goal this year is two fold: to promote the conference’s focus on the Transdisciplinary nature of trauma care – how different Practitioners from various fields can learn from each other and collaborate to deliver transformative care. We also seek increased understanding in our pursuit of psychological well-being for the whole person, of the families and communities affected. We are uniquely addressing the global impact of Trauma and its implications on the health of the East African Nations. These nations sit on the geographical Rift valley, but share many intersections of rifts due to geopolitical, ecological, tribal, religious, and social-economic plates. Yet, we believe the African traditions have built in resiliencies that contribute to healing via various treatments modalities and practices. Thus this 4th conference will seek to collaborate and partner with neighboring countries of East Africa to address these significant issues.

In keeping with our conference theme, we are asking for submissions from various disciplines including: Healthcare, Mental Health, Drug Abuse Treatment, Education, Social Work, Religion, Traditional/Alternative Medicine, Employment-World of Work; Family Life, Community-Civic Organizations, Law Enforcement, Traditional Leadership/Government; etc. Some topics to consider include:

  • Combating psychological trauma, addictions and cultural pressures
  • Threats to family and community wellbeing
  • The power of past traditions and the impact of emotional resilience
  • The science of trauma
  • Mindfulness and stress management for psychological wellbeing
  • Addressing drug use in teens, adults and communities
  • The sustainable development goals and mental health
  • The role of partnerships in trauma-informed care
  • Traditional and alternative treatment approaches
Please consider the above as well as other topics that fit under our theme. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 20, 2018. (Note: The due date has been extended to April 10th. Please contact us with questions for clearification.) To submit your abstract, please email Application to, fax to + 1-414-247-0801, or complete Online.

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: March 20, 2018
Notification of acceptance: April 2, 2018
Deadline for final paper submission: April 10, 2018

Contact Information
Please contact the following for any questions about the conference.
Dr. Sebastian Ssempijja, for the USA team Committee Chairperson:; + 1-414-247-0801 (W) or +1 414-915-2967 (Cell)
Assisted by Katherine Riebe,
Assisted by Rachel Howell,
Gerald M Makumbi (for the UCPA) and Co Chair of the Uganda Committee: + 256-772-446-836-446
Rev Dr. Evarist Gabosya Akwasiize AJ (PSY.D) University of Kisubi: +256 774 442 692.
Dr. Karambu Ringera (Kenya Contact): + 254-079-544-4556

Sebastian Ssempijja, PhD
CEO and Director of Sebastian Family Psychology Practice, LLC
Co-Chair Person of Uganda Behavioral Health Alliance (UBHA)