Concurrent Sessions are hour-long sessions focused on a single topic with one or several presenters, who will speak and then engage the audience in an active discussion of the topic. Choose one of four.
There has been a remarkable explosion in the numbers of students who leave their home country as adolescents to study for one to four or more years abroad. We are seeing a new kind of TCK in the making. Educational TCKs are navigating and acculturating to a new host country without the support of their families. This session will focus on the "Four Pearls" - the unique challenges all TCKs face when they leave the "third culture" or expatriate culture. It will give tools and strategies for dealing with the challenges and speak to parents and educators as to how they can prepare their children/students to, as Pollock and VanReken would say, "Leave well to enter well."
The Power of One: How to LEAD the change you wish to see
This session will utilize case studies as well as real-life examples from our years of community building and leadership, and will include attendee participation. We will bring to light the various ways in which ordinary citizens can utilize their global experiences and life education to affect change within society, provide leadership to their communities and help create opportunities to seek out others in operating in the same arena. We will explore the leadership models of noted experts and introduce a unique framework that works beautifully in today’s society - with support and a built-in network FOR our new leadership model as well as true value to the members of society being impacted by these leaders.
Long Way Home: Asian Adult TCK’s Transition To the Homeland
Through storytelling, interactive discussion, and experiential activities, we will explore the landscape and realities of the Asian Adult TCK experience upon returning to live and work in Asia. Through this prism, we will examine how the Asian ATCK repatriation experience differs significantly from repatriation to the West. How does an ATCK, shaped by global/western education and in-home Asian values, build a life and career in a society that elevates the west yet harbors traditional expectations? How do gender and generation factor in? Two ATCKs will compare and contrast their experiences repatriating to South Korea and Taiwan -- Democratic capitalist societies highly influenced by both American culture and Confucian values -- and how they found meaning, and a path, in the bridging.
Participants will uncover the history of the RAFT as developed by Michael Pollock's father, David C. Pollock and the research and practice behind it's success. We will look at some current adaptations, and walk through a process for every mobile family and community to build their own re-entry bridge.
When the music stops for a transnational family: which court and which laws apply?
Everyone hopes all goes well in family life. But living and working abroad or being in families with those from other countries or cultures has its own pressures and stresses. FIGT members are aware of others for whom living in foreign countries have been too much and caused family or parental breakdown. This talk will, therefore, cover points which might provoke alarm bells as well as preparation before you travel. Attending this session, you will receive a global view of family laws around the world and some practical tips to possibly help keep the music playing!
(A)TCK Coping, Skills and Identity: Current Research
This panel, sponsored by the FIGT Research Network, presents three examples of current research on Coping, Skills and Identity of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) and Adult TCKs. All three illustrate qualitative research approaches.
This session will address the transformation of the family unit in modern societies, and convey the message that all children deserve to be loved and cherished by responsible parents, in whatever shape and form those parents may come. The focus will be on children who have been hurt in life and explain how 'Claiming Narratives' pass on family history, traditions and rituals that help the child feel claimed and accepted.
In this highly-interactive and engaging session, participants will be led through a process designed by Sundae Schneider-Bean, intercultural strategist and solution-oriented coach to explore: *Why purpose is so critical to happiness, health and the quality of your relationships. *The mistake many global families make when thinking about purpose. *Signs you are ready for a purpose strategy. *What purpose strategy is and who it is suited for. *How you can create a solid purpose strategy to work for you so you can feel deeply satisfied and confident that your time and energy spent has been meaningful.
How we prepare US military personnel to work with people from other cultures
The Diplomatic Mindset involves putting the mission first. This session will delve into four factors of that mindset: Relationships help us succeed and understand ourselves and how those from other cultures view us. Cultural Learning requires one to direct one's own learning as an ongoing activity. New relationships expand one's cultural knowledge. Cultural Reasoning makes sense of cross-cultural situations and copes with cultural surprises. Intercultural Interaction involves one's ability to engage with others and cope with uncertainty.
This session will include presentations of literature reviews and research focusing on expats/families of color and their experiences abroad, as well as insight into their views as a member of a marginalized group at home versus their views as expats abroad.
The ‘Other’ Expats: Diverse Voices from Dubai and How Race, Class and Privilege Affect our Mobility Experience
How do race, class, and privilege affect our mobility experience? In this practical and insightful workshop, Mariam will present the diverse voices and stories from the 'other expats' in Dubai: the migrant workers who hail mostly from South Asia and move to the Middle East for work. Their example will be used to launch a discussion and understanding of how class, race and a lack of privilege often hold them back from being recognized as part of our globally diverse community. Participants will then be challenged to complete an interactive "privilege exercise" to help tear down the multiple aspects of our intersecting identities and arrive at some clarity and understanding of the role privilege plays in shaping our global experiences.
In today’s world there is a wealth of resources on the characteristics of TCKs and their highly mobile society. Yet, there remains a huge hole in the counseling or coaching literature on how to work with TCKs, particularly in the area of depression and anxiety. Counselors frequently discount the TCK's history and do not see their current symptoms as relevant to what they may be currently experiencing. Often it is THE force fueling the surface symptoms. TCKs may feel misunderstood, hopeless and often lose faith in counseling and abruptly withdraw from therapy or conveniently move once more. This session will give practitioners many practical tips on how to counsel TCKs of all ages and what pitfalls to avoid.
Misunderstandings, Misperceptions, Missed opportunities - the Challenges of Cross-Cultural Communication
Communication is critical to the success of any endeavor. Global teams, whether corporate, government or voluntary depend on mutual understanding for successful collaboration. In this fast-paced world, we are constantly expected to adapt and update our skills. In this interactive session, we will review real-world scenarios and build a flexible framework to nurture understanding and develop practical skills.
The Triad for Financial (and life) Success While Abroad
When we need a new pair of shoes, we don't fill out a questionnaire that asks shoe size, color and our goal for the shoes and then tells Zappos to send us the shoes they choose for us, so why is it that personal financial planning for the globally mobile has been reduced to the equivalent? In this interactive, workshop-style session, you will learn specific elements that must be included in your planning process to compensate for uncertainty. Also, you'll discover your most powerful number and what to shoot for so that the financial and life goals of the family can be achieved. Worksheets will guide the learning.
Constructing a coherent cultural identity across postings, roles and routines
As movers we don't just struggle to answer the infamous "where are we from" question but also find it challenging to answer the following questions: "Who are we?" and "Who do we want to be?" Sometimes it seems we are different people in different languages, places, and communities, as well as at different times in our lives. How can we reconcile our experiences, cultural values, and our roles to construct a coherent cultural identity that feels right? How do we keep our identity as dynamic as we are while feeling connected to past, present and future experiences, roles and cultural values? To answer these questions, we will examine cultural identity models and start constructing our dynamic cultural identity right away.