Developmental Trauma in TCKs: Presentation of Initial Findings

In this free presentation we share some of the initial findings, our hopes for this research, and give you access to use this data in your work with TCKs.

In 2021, TCK Training conducted a survey investigating ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Scores and experiences of developmental trauma among Adult Third Culture Kids. We are currently analyzing the data from 1,900 responses to this survey, including looking for trends in various demographics - such as age, reason for living abroad, amount of time spent abroad, and core educational experience.
Our hope for this research is that it brings awareness to the traumas TCKs experience and encourages the TCK Care community to increase or adjust their care accordingly.

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1.5 hours


Lauren Wells & Tanya Crossman



Meet the instructors

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Lauren Wells

Chief Executive Officer

Lauren is the Founder and CEO of TCK Training and author of Raising Up a Generation of Healthy Third Culture Kids, What Made That Feel So Hard: The Unstacking Method, and more. An Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) who spent her teenage years living in Tanzania, East Africa, Lauren has worked with over 1,000 parents and TCK caregivers and has trained staff from over 80 organizations. 

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Tanya Crossman

Director of Research and Education Services

Tanya is an Adult TCK from a corporate background and a leading expert in the field of modern Third Culture Kids and issues facing cross-cultural families, with nearly 20 years of hands-on experience. She is the author of Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century and co-author of Thongs or Flip Flops? Australian kids overseas and what comes next. Tanya's key roles at TCK Training are providing services to international schools and leading our research work, along with presenting virtually and in-person around the world. Learn more about Tanya's work at

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