USIU-Africa alumni have embarked on an initiative to strengthen national resilience as well as rally the psychology community and other players into action in the face of high anxiety and complex trauma currently experienced by majority persons in the region, ahead of the general elections in Kenya on August 8, 2017 through a pre-election anxiety and trauma conference to be held on Saturday July 15th 2017

The conference aims at raising awareness, mobilizing action and offering positive alternatives to cope with anxiety and trauma. The conference speakers ,Dr. Joseph Nasongo (Commissioner, National Cohesion and Integrated Commission)  , Dr. Githua (Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences), Major Mukuria ( pioneer military psychologist with the Kenya Defense Forces), Sandra R. Twinomugisha ( psychologist and founder of Kaitesi Psychology Services), Arthur Muriuki (Director of Clinical Services at The Brain Initiative) will depict the effects of hate speech, divisive ethnicity and language use; the role of media to hype or conversely quell anxiety and trauma levels; heightening awareness of youths’ risk of recruitment and radicalization; and violence prevention for innovative, lasting and constructive solutions. Treatment models that have worked in the alleviation of suffering of those psychologically affected by anxiety and trauma are also presented.

The keynote speaker is the Dr. Joseph Nasongo whose address will be on “How politically-themed statements can lead to anxiety in individuals.”

This conference contributes to the National Disaster Management Strategy, National Strategy to Counter Violent and is an initiative by the proposed USIU-Africa Alumni Association (Psychology Chapter) that is currently being reviewed by Executive Committee of the USIU-Africa Alumni Association with a view to receiving approval to form a Psychology chapter.