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Important note to friends and colleagues - after spending 12 years in the field of helping globally mobile students and their families I have decided to retire this chapter of my life and move into new pursuits. It has been a wonderful journey and I have had the opportunity to travel the globe to deliver talks and trainings that I truly believe have made a difference in the lives of many. 

I have met some amazing people that I whole heartedly admire and whose works have inspired me tremendously. There are lots of younger players coming up in the field now who will continue to carry on this work with their own fresh ideas and lots of passion. With that knowledge I can move on to other things I've been wanting to do for many years now.

My last scheduled Training of Trainers workshop will be held in October 2019 at the German European School Singapore. Please check back for specific dates.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and cheered me on in all my endeavors in this field.




I have attended various TCK/CCK workshops over the years and typically find them redundant and insignificant. I was hoping this would be better. This course far exceeded my expectations and in fact, was the most useful TCK/CCK and university transitions course I have attended to date. I can return to our student body and Parent Population with training/seminars that are insightful, informative, and truly meaningful. At last a system of thinking around these life issues that allow us to speak into the lives of those we serve with real solutions.

S. Tebow, School Counselor, Harrow International School, Beijing


The beauty of the training was that Tina provided not only well-researched theory and context but also gave us activities and tools to use with our students right away!

Victoria Lidzbarski, Director of University and Career Counseling, Dulwich College Shanghai


Everything about the course was spot on in terms of helping counselors identify ways to guide students and their families through the critical transition from high school to university. I thoroughly enjoyed the way you organized things over the two days, Tina, and it was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn from you and the other participants in the workshop.

Tom Walton, University Guidance and Careers Counselor, European Section, German European School Singapore


If you would like to learn how to:

- prepare your graduating senior students for the transition to college or university back to their passport country or to another host country,

- reduce the number of unwanted surprises that occur with any transition,

- help parents know how they can prepare for and support their children in the college transition,

- help families repatriating with adolescents prepare for the transition,

- help third culture kids (TCKs), cross-cultural kids (CCKs) and international students make a smooth transition to your school or college,

- learn how to put on your own leaving or arrival seminars for students and their families, or

- augment your own transition or re-entry programs,

then this two-day workshop is for YOU!

Who is it for?

The Transitioning Successfully for University Training of Trainers Program is structured for individuals and organizations working with adolescent third culture kids (TCKs), cross-cultural kids (CCKs) and international students and their families, whether they are making the college / university transition or repatriating to their home country. This could be but is not limited to:

- international school guidance counselors

- boarding school admissions staff or counselors

- college admissions counselors

- international educators

- educational consultants

- college or university staff working with international students

- international student advisors.

A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture. Pollock and Van Reken, "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds," 2009

A cross-cultural kid is a person who is living or has lived in - or meaningfully interacted with - two or more cultural environments for a significant period of time during childhood (up to age 18). Pollock and Van Reken, "Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds," 2009

The Transitioning Successfully for University student seminar helps, TCKs, CCKs, and international students:

- understand how their life experiences may make them feel different from their domestic peers.

- understand how they can live out those differences in a positive way.

- have a road map for how to be successful and happy in college or university.

- carry with them a degree of self-knowledge and self-respect that will launch them into their futures.

- better understand themselves, their reactions and their resources as they adjust to their new life situations.

- be prepared for the transition experience with fewer stumbling blocks along the way.

- thrive in their home away from home.

- come away with tools and strategies for successfully navigating the transition.

What is it?

TheTraining of Trainers Program is a two-day workshop and Professional Development opportunity that trains eligible participants to put on their own workshops for students, parents, and staff. They come away with all the materials needed to formulate their own workshops on university transition, the transition experience, third culture kids and cross-cultural kids profiles and more. For more information, see Training the Trainers on the slide-down menu under "Services".

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