A group of Expats have put together their 'Top 10' relocation lists for Expats on the move and for first time Expats. What are your 'Top 10' relocation tips???
All lists as collected will be published soon.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Expat Teens Talk – for parents
Saturday, 1 September, 8am–3pm
(you can drop into the sessions that interest you/suit your timetable)
UWC South East Asia – East Campus Block A, Conference Room 1 1 Tampines Street 73, Singapore 528704
Free for UWCSEA parents (sponsored by the PA) $15 for non-UWCSEA parents
UWCSEA is proud to host a day filled with unique workshops on expat teens with Dr. Lisa Pittman, Diana Smit and other guest presenters.
It’s about understanding the challenges facing third culture kids and how to deal with them.
The many challenges that teens are faced with when growing up as expats will be explored from all angles throughout these workshops. There will be input from not just Dr. Lisa Pittman and Diana Smit, authors of Expat Teens Talk, but also sessions led by some of the leading experts on expat teens and Third Culture Kids (TCK). We will look at how being a TCK can have an effect on a child’s development and mental health, and we will focus on some of the unique challenges that we face with expat teenagers and how to deal with them.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
␣␣ Gain a solid understanding of the Third Culture Kid experience.
␣␣ Understand and identify that the needs of expat teens are different than their monocultural peers and that there are valuable resources for them and for those who interact and support them.
␣␣ Learn the ‘tools and strategies’ to empower the expat teens they work with by being able to continue the ‘dialogue’ of identifying and meeting their needs.
␣␣ Have an increased awareness and understanding of who the ‘expat’ experts are and share their research and findings to enable teachers, counsellors, principals and administration staff of international schools to better understand and therefore support the well being needs of their student populations.
␣␣ Be aware of what the real issues are as identified by global statistics.
Audience for the workshop: This is useful for not just parents of teenagers, but any parents of expat children.
Programme for the day:
* Note: order of workshops is subject to change and will be confirmed one week before the event.
Saturday, 1 September
‘Full Speed Ahead’—going from one international assignment to the next
What are the effects of a globally nomadic childhood? Can these students become true cultural bridges?
When expat kids transition for college/ university: what are the unique challenges and how to cope with them?
Jill Kristal PhD and Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly Fitting in while hanging on: supporting individual and cultural identity for teens in transition
A personal account from an expatriate mother whose teenage daughter developed severe major depression and bulimia
Why do some kids thrive while others struggle? How does being a TCK and part of an internationally mobile community either help or hinder a child’s or teen’s development?
Diana Smit and Dr. Lisa Pittman
Expat Teens Talk recognises the challenges that teens are faced with when growing up as expats
Dr. Lisa Pittman
Co-author of Expat Teens Talk, Lisa is a practicing psychologist who has worked in monocultural and expatriate settings. She counsels children, adolescents and their families on a wide range of social, emotional, behavioral and psychological issues.
Diana Smit (M. Ed. Spec. Ed.)
Co-author of Expat Teens Talk, Diana is an Educational Therapist who supports the academic needs of international students as a result of their specific learning difficulties. She is the mother of three expat teens who only know expat life, having never lived in either of their two
passport countries. As a family, the Smit’s have had eight international moves.
Joining Dr. Lisa Pittman and Diana Smit will be: Tina Quick, author of The Global Nomad’s Guide to University Transition; Julia Simens, counsellor, author, educator and consultant; Rebecca (Becky) Grappo, M.Ed., founder of RNG International Educational Consultants; Alice Wu teacher and intercultural consultant; Kay Chapman is a trailing spouse with three children; Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly is an intercultural trainer, consultant and author; Jill Kristal, PhD, featured speaker and writer on relocation and life transitions.
Who to contact at UWCSEA
Caroline Meek Director of the Centre for International Education
Phone: (65) 6305 5344 Ext.2020 (office) (65) 8233 8090 (mobile)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online registration
Fees are $15 for non-UWCSEA parents, which includes snacks and lunch. Click here to register.
What to bring
Snacks, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
We will make sure that the authors bring with them copies of their books for you to buy in case you are interested.
Our conference centre tends to be quite cool so a jumper or jacket is recommended.
Friday, 17 August 2012
Friday 10th August 2012
Expat Teens Talk, written by psychologist Lisa Pittman and educational therapist Diana Smit, provides an overview of expatriate life from the mouths of teenagers who have experienced life abroad. The book aims to address some of the common challenges that the 2 million expatriate teens living worldwide encounter. Topics include the challenges of moving, sex, drugs and alcohol, educational performance and the future.
While the book predominantly writes about expat life from a teenager’s perspective, the intended audience is not limited to this age group alone. Through learning first hand of some of the experiences and emotions that teenagers undergo when they move abroad, both parents and professionals who work with third generation kids can gain a deeper understanding into some of the issues that this group of individuals face.
Many expatriate parents may be unaware of some the emotional problems that there children can encounter as a result of a life on the road or away from loved family and friends. The teenage years are challenging for most people, but when this is coupled with an international move, the effects of adolescence can become heightened. The book seeks to give a voice to the teenagers who are affected by their parent’s decisions and to help them to express themselves.
The book features the stories, experiences and anecdotes of expatriate teenagers from all over the world before offering professional advice and solutions from their peers, parents and professionals. In many regards it can be perceived as a “self help” book that is aimed at helping children to express themselves and address the elements of their life that are causing them unhappiness. At the end of each chapter the reader is provided with an area in which they can record their own personal reflections and map out plans for the future.
One of the best elements of this book is that it can help struggling expatriate teens to recognize that they are not alone and they are not the only ones who are experiencing some of the feelings they encounter. No longer “the odd one out,” Expat Teens Talk can help teenagers to feel normal again.
Supporting the book is a comprehensive online blog called Expat Teens Talk. Within this online resource guest bloggers frequently share their own stories and experiences of life abroad. This is a great supplement to the book and gives teenagers somewhere to go to voice their questions, suggestions and worries.
This is a book that every expat parent should own.
Are you a teen and do you want to talk about your expat experience? Please complete this questionnaire so that you can help other teens in your position.
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Expat Teens Talk authors, Dr. Lisa Pittman and Diana Smit are delighted to announce their upcoming EARCOS conference at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA East Campus) on September 1-2, 2012. The conference will include presentations from top speakers and experts in the field of Expats all of whom are members of Families in Global Transitions (FIGT). See the conference program and speaker profiles as outlined below. Registration forms are available for EARCOS members and affiliates through the main EARCOS website. We look forwards to this opportunity to educate, inspire and motivate educators to know who their expat students are and how to support and empower them.