Pre-Election Anxiety & Trauma Conference

The conference is being organized by USIU-Africa’s psychology alumni to discuss the how to cope and manage anxiety and trauma related to the forthcoming Kenyan General Elections in August 2017.

Speakers have been invited to share how their experiences handling anxiety and trauma are applicable in the context of the environment surrounding the elections.
The keynote speaker is the Dr. Joseph Nasango (Commissioner, National Cohesion and Integrated Commission) whose address will be on How politically-themed statements can lead to anxiety in individuals.”

Dr. Joseph Nasongo

Dr. Nasongo holds of a PhD degree in Conflict Resolution and Management of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, and a graduate degree in Philosophy of Education from Kenyatta University. He is a member of the Association of Disaster Management and Conflict Resolution of Kenya (ADMCRK), Organization of Social Science Research in Eastern Africa (OSSREA) and Association of Global South Studies. He has actively participated in community development through engagement in civic education, review of a peace building training manual, and research on the impact of violent conflicts on education.

Dr. Oscar W. Githua


Dr. Githua is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and holds a Doctor of Psychology degree in Forensic Psychology from Alliant International University, as well as an M.A. Counseling Psychology (2004) from USIU-Africa.

Dr. Githua is the only Forensic Psychologist in East and Central Africa and has experience working both locally and internationally mainly dealing with Disaster Management through Psychological Responses. 

Major (Rtd) Wairimu Mukuria

Major Mukuria is a pioneer military psychologist with the Kenya Defence Forces, and an alumna of the M.A. Counseling Psychology Class of 2004 and an Acumen Fellow Class of 2014.She is a member of the Kenyan Psychological Association where she chairs the Innovations and Events Committees.

An author and writer, she has published the first of a series of children’s books titled Mutenyo and Friends 2015. In 2015 she collaborated to design the diagnostic game app, - True North, and a year later was named on the prestigious Top 40 under 40 Women listed published by the Business Daily.

Sandra R. Twinomugisha

Sandra R. Twinomugisha is a psychologist and founder of Kaitesi Psychology Services, a firm offering individual, group and organizational psychotherapy services. Sandra holds a degree in B.A. Psychology (minor in industrial Psychology) and M.A. Clinical Psychology (Class of 2015) from USIU-Africa.

Her work focuses on psychosocial and psychotherapy interventions for trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders. She also offers training and consulting to government, non-governmental organizations, health and charitable organizations supporting trauma interventions.

Arthur Muriuki

Arthur Muriuki is the Director of Clinical Services at The Brain Initiative and is also Consulting Psychologist in family and corporate mental health. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology (Class of 2012) from USIU-Africa, and is a member of KCPA (Kenya Counselors and Psychologists Association), Kenya Pediatrics Association and the British Psychological Society.

Mr. Muriuki’s expertise is in the management of child and adolescent mental disorders, treatment of psychological trauma, depression, anxiety and substance use. His work has also involved the refugee community, advocacy, disaster response and critical incident support.
8:00am Arrival and Registration

9:00am National Anthem and USIU-Africa Anthem

             Official Welcome:            Amb. Prof. Ruthie C. Rono (DVC - Academic & Student Affairs)

                                                      Dr. Oscar W. Githua (Assistant Professor of Psychology)

9:10am                 Keynote Address by NCIC Commissioner, Hon. Dr. Joseph Nasongo

9:40am                 Introduction of panelists by MC -Mr. Uvyu Mbole

9:50am                1st Panelist Mr. Arthur Muriuki

                            Complex Trauma and Historical Injustices.

10:25am               2nd Panelist Ms. Sandra Twinomugisha

                             Surviving and Coping after Trauma

10.50am               Break/Entertainment

11:00am               3rd Panelist - Major (Rtd.) Wairimu Mukuria

                                Impact of Armed Violence, Perpetrators and Disciplined Forces.

11:35am               4th Panelist - Dr. Oscar W. Githua

                                History and Trajectory of Psychological Responses to Traumatic Events in Kenya.

12:05pm               Q & A Session

12:35pm               USIU-Africa Marketing Representative

12:50pm               Vote of Thanks by Dr. Oscar W. Githua

1:00pm                 Departure

*Anthems led by Sign Language Club
Alumni of USIU-Africa’s undergraduate and graduate programs have long felt the desire to come together to create a platform for engagement on issues related to the practice of psychology and career development.

There is a proposal currently being considered by the Executive Committee of the USIU-Africa Alumni Association with a view to receiving approval to form a chapter that will meet this objectives.

Some of the activities the proposed chapter intends to engage in include:
  • Professional Conferences
  • Training events
  • Peer Supervision
  • Promotion of psychological research activities
  • Mentorship of members and current psychology students
For further information, please contact Dorala Berinyuy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)