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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

Two-Day Training of Trainers Program
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?

The Training of Trainers Program is a two-day workshop 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.

Professional development opportunities:

- This program has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors

- This workshop has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International certification for two continuing education units in the area of "Educational Studies."


What is included and what does it cost?

For $1,250 participants will receive two days of training by TCK expert and author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition, Tina Quick, as well as a training packet which includes the following:

  • a complete trainer's guide
  • a copy of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition
  • complete power point presentation with copyright license
  • student worksheets
  • The Road Home educational DVD (a $100 value)
  • a set of Photo Reflection cards (a $149 value)
  • Training games
  • Third Culture Person Reacculturation Rubric
  • National Board for Certified Counselors continuing education credits (upon request)
  • Association of Christian Schools International continuing education credits (upon request)

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Day 1 Program Schedule

8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Program includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch (subject to change).

- Who are TCKs and CCKs?

- Why does a cross-cultural childhood matter?

- What are the gifts and benefits of a globally mobile childhood?

- The Transition Cycle

  • Involvement Stage
  • Leaving Stage
  • Transition Stage
  • Entering Stage
  • Re-involvement Stage

Day 2 Program Schedule

8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Program includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch (subject to change).

- Practicalities of college life.

  • health and well-being
  • time management
  • drugs, sex, rock n' roll
  • finding friends and building relationships
  • learning practical life skills

- Parents' workshop.

  • preparing your student to leave
  • supporting them in the transition


Frequently Asked Questions:

- Can I buy the materials and skip the training?

No. The materials are only available to participants who have completed the training. Participants who have completed the workshop may be able to purchase a second set of materials under some circumstances. Contact IFT for questions.

- Can other people in my school or organization use the materials?

Not unless that person or persons have gone through the workshop training. Schools or organizations who would like to send more than one participant for the training can do so and receive a discount by sharing the materials. IFT offers discounts for two or more attendees from the same school or organization. For more information see the "Registration" section.

- What if my school or organization would like to hold our own training?

Great! IFT is happy to design customized training at your own facility. Or see how IFT can partner with your school or institution to host a regional workshop. See additional information in the "Registration" section or contact IFT directly.


Registration Procedure

If you are interested in becoming a participant in the Transitioning Successfully for University Training of Trainers Program, please:

Contact us to arrange for a conversation between you and Tina Quick (ideally by telephone or Skype, but email can work too). Let us know about your experience and background and how you hope to use the training materials.

Once we agree that this is a good match for you, please send a resume or brief bio describing your background and current experience, and payment in full (through the paypal button on this website). Upon receipt of payment we will be sending you some information about the location of the training. Please read the cancellation policy below before committing to attend.

The cost of the two-day training course is $1,250. Included in this is $250 non-refundable registration fee if you cancel your reservation.

If two people from the same school or organization attend and both receive complete training kits, the price for each person is $1150. Total cost for two: $2300.

If two people from the same school or organization attend and receive just one training kit, the price for the first person is $1150 and the price for the second person $1050. Total cost for two with one training kit is $2200.

If you are interested in partnering with IFT to host a train the trainers workshop at your school or organization, in return IFT would mention your school or organization in all advertising and on this web site as well as offer one free registration (training kit sold separately).

Once you have been approved you may submit your workshop fees (and purchase extra Training Kits as needed) using the PayPal buttons below. Fees will not be accepted for unapproved registrations or sales of additional training kits.

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Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel:

- As noted above, we have a $250 non-refundable registration fee.

- Requests to cancel made two weeks before the workshop will receive full credit toward future workshops or a refund of $1000.

- Requests to cancel made two weeks or less before the workshop will be credited with $1000 toward a future training course.

If IFT needs to cancel:

- You will receive a full refund of your tuition or the opportunity to sign up for another training course. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for the unlikely chance that the training is cancelled.

Late registration:

- $50 surcharge for registration after the deadline. For registration less than one week before the workshop, please contact us.


Contact Tina Quick to see what partnerships exist for putting on a Training of Trainers Program at your school or institution.


Dates of next workshops:

Watch this space!


- The material and information provided is immense, all of which will help improve our school's Transitioning to College semiar. I highly suggest this workshop to all educators. Eric Swan, Head of Counseling, Shanghai American School

- Brilliant workshop, very informative and definitely useful for every international school student / parent / teacher. K. Tomeszun, Assistant Head (Enrichment) Dulwich College Beijing.

- One of the best training programs I have attended in 18 years as a teacher. Sarah Carter, Senior School Head of Grade, Teacher of Psychology, United World College Southeast Asia.

- The quality of the materials are worth the price alone! Vickie Ford, Counselor, Chengdu International School, China

- I wanted to take high quality training on university transitions for Third Culture Kids for my work as a speaker to expat, cross-cultural families and audiences. Naturally I turned to the best: Tina Quick. Linda A. Janssen, Author, "The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures."

- Tina's workshop helped equip me as I prepare to work with my students and parents. I would strongly encourage an international counselor to attend. Marc Curless, High School Counselor, Shanghai American School

- Extremely comprehensive. Really enjoyed it. Jeanette Huneke, Intercultural Group Global Mobility, Cheron Corporation



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