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Video available | Psychological Functioning, Stress & Hostile Environment with Mark Bradley

Updated: Apr 1, 2023

The first hour of the webinar is recorded.

Humanitarian work is often inherently stressful. Due to the kind of environments we are active in, and the work we do, many people already understand this. However, 'stress' can often be misunderstood, it is not always something negative and in many ways it is an aid to our work and helps us in our roles. Rather than getting rid of it maybe we just need to manage it better?

This webinar will give us a better understanding of what the term ''stress'' and concept of “hostile environments” mean. We will discuss the nature of stress as a continuum, something that is with us throughout our lives and how 'hostile' environments can cause the stress to spike. It aims to give us some simple tools and understanding how we can approach our workplaces, both in the field and at HQs, and in our home lives, more effectively. We look at what kind of dynamics are in play when our environments become too difficult, too hard to handle, or too hostile and how to proactively manage this."

To receive the Zoom link, please send us an email at

The webinar will take place on Thursday 25 March from 6pm to 8pm (CET - Geneva time).

The session will be held in English and will be recorded.


Mark Bradley has years of experience previously specializing in psychosocial support for families and individuals in the UK and abroad. Mark has worked with the NHS, and holds qualifications in Psychoanalytical Development Psychology, Group Psychotherapy, and Sports Science.

He spent a year in the USA in wilderness retreats for VisionQuest training as an Experiential Therapist and working as an outdoor instructor with youths convicted of gang related offences.

Mark has a repertoire of experience working and training in hostile environments and critical incident response, and trains and provides psychological support and oversight on Hostile Environment programmes with journalists, NGO's and companies.

He was credited in leading first response teams at well-known critical incidents such as the Svalbard Polar Bear Attack, the Tunisia, Paris, Brussels and London terror attacks and Las Vegas shootings and in January 2006 Mark travelled to Tsunami hit Banda Aceh, to organise and develop psychological support with MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières).


"It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it" - Hans Selye (1907-1982).

If you are interested in follow-up exchanges, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Bradley at the following address


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