Depression: 'It-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named.' Let's Say the Unspoken
Let’s talk about depression. Especially since the disconnect, grief, loss and cross-cultural anxiety associated with frequent transitions presents a whole host of triggers. We cannot solve a problem till we acknowledge it exists. Maryam wants to invite more voices to this conversation. Shed light on common misconceptions and biases that inhibit discussion. Talk about symptoms and strategies. Expats and repats could help because of the increased empathy they experience and learn. Many expats suffer quietly. Some due to cultural biases against acceptance of mental health issues, others due to lack of resources. We must first connect with each other and speak up, only then can we create positive change. In her talk, Maryam will draw on cases from personal and other expat/repat experiences.
Current Research on Asian TCKs and CCKs (FIGT Research Network)
Aiko Minematsu: The Role of Language Teaching in Development of Students’ Identities in Japan
Kyoung Mi Choi and Sookyoung Lee: Korean Cross-Culture Kids: Relations of Acculturation Types, Acculturation Stress, and Cultural Adaptation
Prevention is Always Better Than Cure: How This Applies to International Family Law Issues
Lucy Greenwood and David Hodson are two immensely experienced international family lawyers working with many international families from all continents. Their presentation explains how, when and why you should connect with a specialist family lawyer and explore the different approaches needed for international families. Practical, preventative tips given might aid you or someone you know invaluably. The session will inform you about how IFLG are seeking to lead and change family law and its practise to make it more innovative and accessible to all. Common worries will be addressed and myths dispelled about child arrangements and finances upon relationship breakdown. You should take from this session a general awareness of relevant international family law issues, but also what steps to take if urgent advice about international family law issues is ever needed.
Growth of CCK Transition Programs at Universities
How do we support Cross Cultural and Third Culture kids as they prepare for university? What are CCK Transition programs and how can we ensure our CCK and TCK students are receiving the support they need to connect with their university, mentors, and peers before during and after their move to university? This session is based on work and research spanning over three decades and dozens of countries. It will include experience with college transition programs, university admissions, and TCK support and mentorship programs and will bring frameworks to help educational institutions and community members know how to help globally mobile students transition well.
Empathy Can Be a Double-Edged Sword: Focusing the Globally Mobile Community to Use Empathy to Heal Rather Than Divide
Many experts now agree that a measurable decline in empathy has occurred in much of society. The mental, physical, and societal repercussions of this are real and demand action. Empathy is powerful and its absence is destructive; but the vacuum it leaves also makes society vulnerable to empathy being used to foster division and even hatred rather than connection and healing. The globally mobile and cross-cultural community have cultivated a compelling legacy of heightened empathy being tied to their need to adapt and make use of diversity in order to thrive. We must now focus on honing the connecting and broadening aspects of empathy to actively combat division and fear.
The Assumption of Privilege? Experiences of Growing Up in the Norwegian Foreign Service
This presentation is based on autobiographies from 41 adults who grew up within the Norwegian Foreign Service. The focus is on their lived experiences, and to what extent their social environment was open to their emotional states and reactions, or rather, governed by cultural expectations on emotion that differed from how they felt. Amongst those who describe their childhood as very challenging, there was a strong presence of a cultural narrative that sees them as a privileged global elite. This has led the informants to emotionally withdraw and pretend to feel differently around their family. Amongst those who describe their childhood as very happy, the family unit has an emotional space that is open to emotional reactions, confrontations, and negotiations.
HELP, I’m Living With an Addict in a Foreign Country! Where Do I Find Support?
Addiction is the number one destroyer of expat family life. Isolated, spouses find themselves without support or guidance in a foreign country, often living in a compound where indulgence is a norm, blindly noticed, and part of the culture. This workshop identifies ways and programs to redirect that culture of destruction to one of health and happiness within the expat community.
Create an Island: A Hands-On Workshop Using This Art-Based Tool for Working with Globally Mobile Children, Adults and Professionals
If you are looking for a practical, art-based tool that you can apply while working with a wide variety of groups from the globally mobile community, then come and learn about how to "create an island" in a creative workshop setting. This is a session designed to support those who are not trained as art therapists or clinicians and who want to utilize less verbal and more creative approaches in supporting those from the globally mobile community. Communication, belonging and the shared experience are all central to developing self-esteem, awareness and respect for "the other" -- all of which are critical in today’s globally mobile world.
Decision Making and Global Relocation: It’s Not Simple but Is It Complicated or Complex – and How Does That Change What We Do?
Global relocation isn’t simple. It’s complicated, complex, sometimes chaotic, seldom predictable. Yet many of us, the professionals who manage or support global transitions, operate from a decision-making framework of predictability as if we really believe there are seven steps to a successful transition and a good process document will solve the problems for our assignees and their families. This session will consider global transitions and the "Cynefin framework" complexity theory. It will reflect on our thinking and decision-making processes to help us build thinking habits and psychological flexibility that can support both us and our clients in situations of complexity and chaos.
How To Grow a Portable Business That Will Create the Impact You Want To Make!
This presentation is designed to answer major questions often asked by globally mobile people and expat partners who want to make an impact through a successful portable business (or NGO). You will:
Surveying the Landscape: Common Practices, Challenges, and Opportunities in International School Transition Support
In an effort to better understand the transitions support landscape in international schools, Sea Change Mentoring and Globally Grounded partnered together to conduct an independent research project. Building on the important work of Barbara Schaetti, Council of International Schools, and Doug Ota, our research provides a deeper understanding of the transitions-support practices, challenges, and opportunities that the international school community faces. Join us as we give FIGT a sneak peak into our findings and discuss the implications for how schools and organizations can improve they way they care for young people impacted by global mobility.
Making Your ‘MOLA’ on the Move: The One Tool You Need to Navigate Your Globally Mobile Life.
What is a MOLA and how can it help us make sense of our globally mobile lives? In this practical and insightful workshop, Mariam will present her MOLA tool and concept, explaining her ideas about how it can enhance the life of a MOLA family, helping them navigate their international lives. Based on her research and writing in her newly published book, Mariam will challenge session participants to start using the MOLA as a way of thinking about their diverse international experiences, identities, cultures, languages, races, nationalities not just to see who they are, but also to learn how to show to the rest of the world, their often ‘messy’ and overlapping identity. In doing so, MOLA families can ‘be the change they want to see’.
Early-life Transitions’ Influence on Social Connectedness, Spiritual Well-being, Emotional Stability, and Perfectionism of Cross-Cultural People
This study examined the experiences of 132 cross-cultural people (CCP) who have interacted significantly with two or more cultures within or across international borders, in relation to their perfectionism, and socio-emotional-spiritual psychosocial developmental outcomes. Significant differences were found between CCPs who moved cross-culturally before age 18 — Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and those who moved after 18 — Third Culture Adults (TCAs). Findings showed significant differences between Third Culture Adults and Third Culture Kids in social connectedness, spiritual well-being, emotional stability, inferiority versus self-acceptance, and perfectionism types. The session will also discuss implications for policies and interventions and directions for future research, with additional focus on vocational choices and identity of CCPs.
The Benefits of Diversity on Staffing and Recruiting in International Schools: Implications for TCKs and Stakeholders
Schools place enormous emphasis on the importance of educating students to be globally minded citizens. But to what degree do international schools truly embody international-mindedness? And, even more importantly, the nature of international schools is evolving, and in many cases, a large portion of the school body consists of local children whose parents want them to have an international education. Are we as a global community adapting to these changes? Are parents and educational leaders internationally-minded when assessing teacher potential? What values do recruiting practices reflect? Do students - the third culture kids, the local kids, the double or triple nationality kids - do they look at their faculty and see themselves reflected? And why is this important, anyway?
Energy Leadership: How to Change the Way You Influence and Lead Those Around You
Our conventional picture of a leader is within the context of formally defined roles found in the workplace. However, being a leader is equally relevant in families and in everyday interactions. Leadership can simply be interaction where influence occurs. The influence can be positive or negative and the impact can be minimal or maximal. In this workshop, we will explore the ideas and concepts behind Energy Leadership developed by Bruce D Schneider and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). Participants will be encouraged to identify opportunities to lead through your connections and reflect on past situations where you may have wanted to act differently. You will be provided with tools and methods to help you recognize your 'negative' behaviors, allowing you to change and 'show up' in a way that better serves you.
EY & NetExpat Global Relocating Partner Survey Results
Participants have the opportunity to look ‘under the skin’ of holistic ATCK support based on the research from two major recent studies of adolescents and mobility and the observed life patterns of Adult TCKs (17 and up). The group will be given a tool for looking holistically at the ATCK experience from a ‘support and equip’ perspective. Existing resources will be shared and examined, and the session will also ‘workshop’ ways to apply the tool in their own contexts. The resulting strategies will be amalgamated and published so that we 'connect' over addressing challenges, 'lead' the field in innovative solutions and work together for positive 'change' in ATCK support.
Heart Connections: Mining TCKs' Potential as Global Leaders
Global living, with its numerous transitions and diverse experiences often disconnects TCKs from their local peers, families or colleagues. How can families, schools, and communities reap the wealth of global experiences within every TCK and support their development as global leaders, before they are buried forever? This session begins by introducing seven inherent strengths within TCKs that are often undermined in their struggles for identity, uncertainty, self-doubt and social marginalization. Participants will learn ten patterns that disconnect communication despite their best intentions as teachers or parents, and ways to restore connections using simple, yet powerful process called Circle. The Circle process can be applied in classrooms, communities and at home to support TCKs to open up and build deep connections.
International Parenting: Easing Children’s Transitions and Building Resilience
A globally mobile lifestyle impacts children in significant ways. Whether they are the ones who are moving or the ones left behind, they must always be adapting to a constantly shifting environment. Handled well, transitions can be stepping stones to a positive experience and provide opportunities for growth and resilience. This highly interactive session will take participants through the challenges affecting children in transition and the group will discuss best practices for what families can do to alleviate them, grow from them and consider how to use their experiences for future growth.
Finding Their Wings: Coaching Facilitates TCK Metamorphosis
On the outside, the life of a TCK may seem idyllic – full of amazing experiences and exotic travel. Internally, it’s often a different story – many TCKs battle for decades with their sense of identity and belonging, rootlessness, and unresolved grief. Left unaddressed, these challenges often result in anxiety, depression, and other debilitating stumbling blocks. The world desperately needs leaders with the skills and experience that TCKs are uniquely suited to provide, yet many TCKs remain trapped or stuck by these stumbling blocks, unable to answer the call. Learn how coaching is an effective yet underutilized tool that has enabled TCKs to overcome many difficult challenges and to find, embrace, and leverage their TCK identity to live their full potential.
How To Prevent Your Relationship From Being Put to the Test When Your Life Is in Transition
In this highly interactive and engaging session, Sundae Schneider-Bean, intercultural strategist and solution-oriented coach, will lead participants through three proven practices designed to leave the participants feeling more connected, able to create better understanding, and regain control in their lives. This session will:
Current Research on Adult Third Culture Kids’ Educational and Career Choices (FIGT Research Network)
The identity of Third Culture Kids is becoming more prevalent as we move closer to a global society where families travel and live all around the world. The importance of this study can be seen in how this new global population is interacting with society as adults. Christian analyzed whether these decisions have changed over the past 20 years, and what, if any, differences there were in the decisions of ATCKs from various cultures and backgrounds. His research includes a comparative study between the previous research and a new recent survey that features Adult Third Culture Kids’ identity and their educational and career choices. It also analyzed these choices from Adult Third Culture Kids born from bicultural and multicultural parents.
Turning International Setbacks Into International Comebacks
Doreen and John will lead you in the understanding and application of five powerful personal leadership tools to thrive in international transitions. When applied, these five tools can create and implement a better future for you and your loved ones. They will use examples and exercises that stimulate new ideas and ways of thinking about transitions. You will have the opportunity to use each of these tools in interactive discussions with other participants, helping you understand the use and benefits of each tool.
A Critical Review of TCK Terminology in the Context of 'Thirdness'
This session will be offered in an interactive style, seeking participation from the attendees in order to add to the critical review of the TCK terminology.
Births, Deaths and Marriages. Future Proofing the Migrational Grief of Long-Distance Life Events by Cultivating and Managing a Global Community
Living in faraway places with all the constraints of time and money, means that loved ones are not always able to attend major life events. Curating and managing a support network, global or otherwise, will keep expats connected to the people that they most want to share their lives with, which will ultimately also safe-guard against the detrimental effects of isolation and migrational grief. This applies to people everywhere, as it will dictate the quality of their lives, futures and happiness, particularly in times of trouble. Connecting with and maintaining a community, while leading the way by initiating and preserving those relationships, will change, improve and enhance lives.
Research Forum: Dialog between researchers and research consumers
Looking for a research topic, or have research topics you would like to see addressed? This FIGT Research Network forum brings together research consumers and producers to share questions or ideas, and to serve as a think tank for possible research opportunities. If you are living the globally mobile life and/or are sending or supporting the globally mobile, come tell us what you would really like to know more about. If you are a researcher come to learn about important research topics and possible opportunities for research collaboration while networking with research focused colleagues.
Self-Leadership in the Times of Change
People often think of leadership as an ability to lead others. Though for individuals who live globally, self-leadership often becomes a more urgent and relevant skill. When we experience a big change how can we gain leadership over our feelings of loss, anxiety and disorientation? How can we stay connected with what brings us meaning and moves us towards our goals? Based on the book 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, this presentation will focus on the common psychological patterns which arise in the times of change and interruption. We will explore several conscious leadership commitments that invite self-awareness and engage our creative brain, so we can easier connect with new realities. You will be introduced to tools that are used by many successful companies and organization to promote co-creativity and conscious decision-making promote co-creativity and conscious decision-making process in work environments.
The Universal Language of Music and its Role in Fostering Identity, Understanding and Connection
Music is the ultimate universal language; it crosses borders, brings unity and has the power to evoke a deep sense of energy and self. Music also changes our state – it can open a neutral space of safety from which conversations and communication can begin. Intuitive Music Programming (IMP) is a simple tool that uses the power of music to evoke people’s ability to reconnect with themselves and their environments. It involves building conversational playlists that foster communication and provide motivation. IMP will enable you to be more present, thrive in your environment and empower yourself and those around you.
Pacific Disruption: Learnings from New Zealand’s Experience of Rapid Change in Global Mobility
Driven by significant skills shortages in our flourishing economy, New Zealand’s largest city is now home to over 200 ethnic groups and is considered more diverse than London. At the same time the globally mobile talent that is flooding into New Zealand no longer fits the model of the traditional expat – it’s just as likely to be a millennial a migrant or a commuter. As a result, New Zealand is incubating new and innovative approaches to meeting the needs of employers and the globally mobile talent on which they depend.
Measuring Change: Multiple Moves and How They Influence Cultural Adaptability
This interactive session explores the impact of multiple international moves on personal identity and professional development.