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  • 04 May 2015 9:53 AM | Deleted user

    The Journal of Cross-Cultural Family Studies (JCCFS) is a new electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal seeking to promote and publish research on the internal dynamics of the family and its relationship to society as affected by its cross-cultural interactions. link:

    The research is multidisciplinary in nature, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, and communication. The population studied includes mobile families raising Third Culture Kids (TCKs), expatriates/repatriates in diplomatic service, military, missions, education and corporate sectors, as well as families of immigrants and refugees.

    Author Guidelines: Authors will submit their proposed article, including a title page with contact information, an abstract, complete references and any tables or figures. For all matters of style, manuscript submissions should follow the Publication Manual of the APA, 6th edition, 2010.

    -- Articles are limited to 20 to 25 page submissions, including abstract and references.

    -- Book Reviews should be 2,000 words or less, and full bibliographic information should be provided.

  • 28 Apr 2015 3:23 PM | Deleted user

     Spring has definitely sprung here at Summertime Publishing and we have lots to celebrate.

    Watch our It’s Time video on YouTube.

    Expat Jo Parfitt created Summertime in 1997 to publish her own books. Since then it has grown to offer a complete bespoke service that includes mentoring, editing, design, publishing and promotion. In 2008 she began to publish titles by other authors and hire a growing number of freelancers, who, like her, are also based abroad. Summertime has now worked with hundreds of authors and published more than 90 books.

    There is no more perfect time for a change than in spring. Not only have two familiar faces joined the management team, but a new all-inclusive program has been created too. 

    "It is hard to believe that just three years ago I handled all aspects of the business alone," says Jo, who is the company director. "Today, we are truly global, with our team stretching from South Africa to the USA, Malaysia, the Netherlands and England." 

    Jack and Jane Join the Management Team and it's Springtime
    Jack Scott, author of Perking the Pansies and the soon-to-be-published sequel, Turkey Street, has jumped in to manage a brand new imprint – Springtime Books. While Summertime will now focus on publishing expatriate family titles, Springtime will handle other genres. Not only has Springtime just published its first new book, Passage of the Stork, by Madeleine Lenagh, but has also taken thirteen Summertime favourites under its wing.

    “I'm delighted to be part of an exciting new venture that enables writers to find their voice and to get the word out online,” says Norwich-based Jack, who now offers a comprehensive service to help authors develop a dynamic online presence, which includes virtual book tours and book trailers for that Hollywood moment.

    Jane Dean, for a long time Production Manager and Editor, has moved up to assist Jo in all aspects of running Summertime Publishing.

    “I’m looking forward to the launch of this new venture and thrilled to be working more closely with Jo and Jack, who have so much to offer existing and aspiring writers. Being involved in the start-up of Springtime – and the refocus of Summertime – has been an exciting and hugely rewarding time,” comments Jane, who is based in The Hague.

    Springtime will work closely with Summertime, publishing Springtime authors and handling digital editions. Meanwhile Jo and Jane will continue to provide their by-your-side service from 'brainwave to bookshelf'. 

    A Brand New Service
    Authors can be picky and demanding (and rightly so). This is why we have produced a new All-inclusive Program that includes a complete service from final manuscript to publication of print and digital editions. For those needing a little more we are offering a menu of Add-ons too. 

    The Great Spring Giveaway
    To celebrate, both Springtime and Summertime are holding a GRAND SPRING GIVEAWAY.

    Ten Springtime and Summertime authors are giving away copies of their books between 18th April and 17th May on Goodreads. Books include Passage of the Stork, Career in Your Suitcase and Safe Passage. Click here for details.


    or visit:

    Summertime Publishing
    Springtime Books

  • 15 Apr 2015 10:17 AM | Deleted user

    In two jam-packed days of activities, discussion, exploration and training practice, attendees will learn the fundamentals of how to put together an effective agenda and how to deliver cultural awareness training in a participatory, interactive, fun while thoughtful and sophisticated way. An optional third day (Level Two) gives participants more activities, more concepts, and more practice.

    Those who attend this training workshop will leave with all the kit they will need to start offering their own orientations, plus a site license to reproduce materials for their trainees. The training is designed for people who already have significant intercultural backgrounds of some nature, and who are:

    • interculturalists wanting a ready-to-go kit to offer cultural orientations
    • trainers and coaches wanting to add new cross-cultural skills to their toolbox
    • international school counselors and teachers wanting new ways to help families make a smooth transition to a new country
    • relocation professionals wanting to offer additional services
    • mental health professionals wanting to supplement their skills and tools 
    • human resource managers wanting to ease global employees’ transitions while keeping training in house
    • others in professions related to crossing cultures who want the skills and materials to expand their services

    Upcoming dates and locations:

    May 13-14, 2015: New York City (co-sponsored by Girl Scouts USA)

    Level Two offered May 15

    July 29-30, 2015: Boston, MA

    Level Two offered July 31

    September 30-October 1, 2015: London, UK (co-sponsored by TASIS)

    Level Two offered October 2

    November 4-5, 2015: Washington, DC

    Level Two offered November 6

    About the Trainer: 

    Dr. Anne Copeland, Executive Director of The Interchange Institute, has trained hundreds of people, including many FIGT members, in this Crossing Cultures with Competence workshop. She is a psychologist, with expertise in families in global transition. For over 20 years she was a university professor, teaching and doing research on intercultural transition, then founded The Interchange Institute to further her interests outside the academic world. She served on the FIGT board and as FIGT’s Program Director from 2006-2012.

    Fee: $1295 for two day workshop (Early Registration rate; deadline one month prior to workshop)

    $ 650 for Level Two (Early Registration rate; deadline one month prior to workshop)

    Fee includes full kit of ready-to-use materials; site license to use materials in future; completion certificate; lunch and snacks; membership in LinkedIn community of workshop alumni.

    References from other FIGT members available upon request.

    For more details:

    Please contact with questions or to express your interest in attending now or in the future.

  • 10 Sep 2014 3:36 PM | Deleted user

    Many years ago, FIGT member, Paula Vexlir extended her private practice to support Spanish-speaking expats worldwide. Now she is proud to announce the launch of a tool that will support the community she serves, her blog:

    Having enough information to either make informed decisions or to know what to expect is to take a prevention-oriented approach. For Paula this is crucial since being a clinical psychologist and a researcher she has listened to many people suffering due to the lack of resources in Spanish.

    Also, she recognized that the knowledge gained from some people wasn´t transferred to others, it was lost (or just shared with a few that were nearby).
    Eager to build resources for the Spanish-speaking community and to contribute to knowledge resource management she has created this blog. The topics covered are the TCK experience, accompanying partners, managing the grieving process, expat parenting and other classical challenges of the expat lifestyle.

    If you like the initiative, please help spread the word. There is a FB page: and the blog: And, of course, if you would like to practice your Spanish you are more than welcome to visit us!!!

  • 12 May 2014 12:42 PM | Deleted user

    Mixed Blessings: A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships, written by two intercultural psychotherapists with over fifty years experience between them, explores romance and relationships across cultures, and gives practical guidance on that can be used at home.

    Due to globalization, technology and the ease of 21st century travel, multicultural and multiethnic marriages have exploded worldwide. The US leads the world as the country with the most diverse population (more ethnicities, religious practices, and languages spoken in the home) with Brazil a close second. There has been a 28% rise in the number of multiethnic couples in the United States in the past decade, and over 15% of all new marriages in 2010 were between spouses of different races/ethnicities. Little, however, has been written about the challenges of navigating a relationship that has roots in multiple cultures.

    For the first time, two leading mental health professionals have partnered to broaden and deepen the discussion of multicultural impact on relationships. Mixed Blessings: A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships goes beyond exploring racial/ethnic differences to include the effects of migration, appearance, social class, spiritual/religious and cultural practices on modern individual, couple and family dynamics.

    Tips from their book, Mixed Blessings, reveal:

    • what questions to ask yourself when friction arises in your multicultural relationship;
    • how to handle the stress of being in a family that may not welcome your differences;
    • strategies to handle people that stare at you and your partner wondering about you;
    • guidance for couples dealing with social class differences in their families of origin
    • insights for professionals who work across cultures, and anyone who may have multicultural loved ones.

    Mixed Blessings: A Guide to Multicultural and Multiethnic Relationships is a new book written by marriage and family therapists Rhoda Berlin and Harriet Cannon, who have between them over fifty years of professional experience specializing in multicultural relationships. Mixed Blessings explores the multicultural experience and gives practical guidance on what this can mean and how it can impact people’s lives and relationships in subtle and often unnoticed ways.

    Harriet and Rhoda are available for presentations to community groups, educational institutions, as well as professional health care and other professional organizations. For further details about Mixed Blessings or presentations on multicultural and multiethnic relationships, please contact:


    Harriet Cannon: ph 206.780.3843 Rhoda Berlin: ph 206.919.5771

    Harriet Cannon, M.C., LMFT, LMHC and Rhoda Berlin, M.S., LMFT invite FIGT educators, intercultural trainers and other interested members to join us in Umbria, Italy June 24-29th 2014 for a seminar 'The Migration Story: Exploring the Heart of Multicultural Life in Therapy. For more information and to register see

  • 12 May 2014 12:29 PM | Deleted user

    Do you have international assignees in Germany? Want to find out how our business model redefines Destination Services? Visit us at the Totally Expat Show 19th May in London, UK.

    King & Mayr will be exhibiting at this years’ largest of the Forum for Expatriate Management (F.E.M.) Totally Expat Shows, held at the Business Design Centre in London on 19th May 2014.

    The Show is attended by hundreds of Global Mobility Professionals, International Service Providers and there are seminars held throughout the day by leading industry experts.

    If you have short-/long-term international assignees with or without their families living & working in Germany, please stop by our stand, H-2, to see how we can maximise assignment success for both them and your company!

    As winners of the European EMMA for Destination Service Provider of the Year 2013, we look forward to seeing you there and explaining how our innovative business model redefines Destination Services within our Industry, and simultaneously saving company resources, reducing HR Department workload, legal responsibilities, confidentiality issues and most importantly time, hassle, stress and money for everyone involved.

    Press Release Contact:
    King & Mayr GmbH & Co.KG
    Alan King
    Telephone Number: +49(0)2451-910-50-20

  • 16 Apr 2014 4:56 PM | Deleted user

    Dr. Anne Copeland, Director of The Interchange Institute and former Program Director of FIGT, is pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for her training of trainers workshop, Crossing Cultures with Competence, and specifically to invite the FIGT community to join her this year.

    Upcoming workshops:

    • May 19-20, 2014 in New York City, co-sponsored by Girl Scouts USA (earlybird registration deadline: April 21)
    • July 21-22, 2014 in San Francisco
    • October 1-2, 2014 in London, co-sponsored by TASIS
    • October 20-21, 2014 in Boston

    A Level Two workshop will be offered for those who have completed the first course, on the next day, in the same location (i.e. May 21 in NYC, July 23 in San Francisco, October 3 in London, October 22 in Boston). Co-sponsored workshops are open to all. If you are interested in co-sponsoring with us, please contact me at

    During the workshop, Anne teaches you how to put together an effective host country overview, how to explain core cultural differences in attitudes and values, and how to help people understand the family and individual challenges they face when moving to a new country. Leave the training with all the kit you’ll need to start offering your own orientations, plus a site license to reproduce materials for your trainees. The training is designed for people who already have significant intercultural backgrounds of some nature, and who are:

    • trainers and coaches wanting to add new cross cultural skills to their toolbox
    • international school counselors and teachers wanting new ways to help families make a smooth transition to a new country
    • human resource managers wanting to ease global employees’ transitions while keeping training in house
    • relocation professionals wanting to offer additional services
    • interculturalists wanting a ready-to-go kit to offer cultural orientations
    • mental health professionals wanting to supplement their skills and tools
    • others with an intercultural personal background and experience in helping others understand cultural differences.

    Click here to read what past attendees have said about the workshop. Here’s one sample review from March’s workshop, just after FIGT:

    “The Crossing Cultures with Confidence training sessions were very informative and great fun! All course participants had extensive opportunities to experience the sessions as our future clients may experience them and to also present sections in the role of the trainer to familiarize ourselves with how the material can be used most effectively. The most value I personally see is in the full ownership of the fully customizable, beautifully prepared and meticulously organized training material for future use. That alone will save me weeks of work to develop and put together professional workshop material for various settings. I highly recommend this class to anyone with a deep interest in intercultural communication who has the desire to teach others how to cross cultural boundaries, real and imaginary.” (March 2014 Attendee)

    Call or email Anne Copeland (617 566 2227 or today to discuss whether this is the right workshop for you.


  • 11 Apr 2014 9:57 AM | Deleted user

    How is your expat experience shaping up? Could be better? If you have recently ‘landed’ or have been struggling to create the life abroad you dreamed of, or simply want ‘more’ from your time overseas and are feeling overwhelmed by life, then this is the webinar for you.

    We are running another 6 week coaching and mentoring programme designed for expats who want more from life starting in May 2014. Please join us on Tuesday 22 April at 20.00 hrs UTC for the free live Expat360Life Jumpstart Webinar where we'll discuss the following:

    • The 4 biggest myths about creating a successful Expat life
    • The 5 Expat Traps to avoid when setting up your life overseas
    • The 9 things that need to be in place in order to create a successful and happy life abroad
    • Live Expat 360° Life Jumpstart exercises to help you begin to make the changes you desire

    The Expat360Life Programme is open to everyone who wants more from their overseas experience, and is completed from the comfort of your own home (or local café!) in a virtual community of expats in similar situations.

    To find out more and register for free, go to

    Don’t count the days. Make the days count.

    Amanda Wilby
    UK Phone Number: 44 (0)20 7193 7251

  • 04 Apr 2014 3:25 PM | Deleted user

    The U.S. Department of State is inviting representatives of international businesses and organizations to attend the Global Opportunities for Talent Optimization (GO-TO) Job Fair on May 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreign Service Institute located at 4000 N. Arlington Blvd, in Arlington VA.

    The job candidates are the spouses and partners of the Foreign Affairs community and are available for international positions only. The participants are headed to their overseas assignments or are currently located overseas. Over 180 in-person and virtual participants have already registered to attend this job fair event.

    These job seekers are provided with visas to enter the country of assignment, health benefits, air transportation, housing, and education for school-aged children. Additionally, they have the legal authority to work on the local economy in over 200 countries and can easily obtain work permits in these locations.

    These candidates are experienced in their fields, and are adaptable and flexible. Many are multilingual, most are bilingual, and over 40% hold graduate degrees.

    Participating employers will be invited to join our special group on LinkedIn where they may view each candidate’s profile.

    All employers with international positions are urged to join us on May 2nd and discover how members of this talented pool of prospective employees can directly benefit their organizations. Click on the link below to reserve your cost-free booth:

    Debra Thompson
    (407) 864-0726

  • 29 Jan 2014 2:39 PM | Deleted user

    Influential Risk Management Pioneer Joins Board

    Montreal, CANADA. (January 29, 2014) - TERN Financial Group Inc., an emerging financial services provider focused on the global relocation market today announced that Eckart Russell has joined the company´s Board of Directors. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Russell will contribute his vast experience and expertise in the global risk management and insurance industry, to provide guidance for the company’s strategic expansion and solutions for the development and delivery of its products and services.

    “We are gratified to have someone of Eckart Russell´s stature join our Board; his presence is a coup for TERN Financial,” said Paul Coleman, President and CEO of TERN Financial. “Eckart’s profound knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as we continually develop novel solutions for the international relocation sector.”

    Throughout Eckart Russell’s unparalleled career he has been a true pioneer and leader across all facets of the insurance business including broking, underwriting, claims management and advocacy, alternative risk finance, captive insurance, corporate risk finance, enterprise risk, commodity and foreign exchange risk management. He has been widely recognized for his excellence on several
    occasions, notably Business Insurance Risk Manager of the Year (1973), Power Broker of the Year in the Transportation Segment (2008) and the David Frees Award of the Rail Risk Management Association (2012).

    “It´s a terrific time to work with this accomplished executive team of TERN Financial, to help bring fresh solutions to this very dynamic sector of the global financial services industry,” said Mr. Russell. “I am looking forward to the challenge”.

    Recently retired from a 50-year career in risk management and insurance, the last 25 years as Managing Director with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Eckart Russell was educated at Hamburg University and Harvard Business School and is currently a consultant to major industrial corporations.


    About TERN Financial Group Inc.

    TERN Financial Group works in close partnership with relocation industry stakeholders to define and deliver novel risk and insurance solutions, innovative products and improved processes. TERN Financial was established for the express purpose of deftly applying accumulated expertise, profound insights and enlightened perspectives against the risks inherent to global talent mobility dynamics. TERN Financial’s exclusive focus is on delivering economies, efficiencies and revenue to the international relocation sector’s risk management challenges. The company is located in Montreal, Canada. To learn more, visit

    Paul Coleman
    TERN Financial Group Inc.
    541 346 2753

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