Foundations of International School Student Care

Self-Guided Course

Our Foundations course is where all learners begin in our virtual international school staff training. It is a prerequisite to our Resilience and Crisis Care in International Schools training course.

Use the purchase button below to register as an individual and receive immediate, forever access to the course for a one-time payment. 
We begin with language for understanding and validating the intercultural experiences of ALL types of students in an international school classroom: those who move frequently, those who live in one place a long time, those in their own passport country, those who speak multiple langugages, and those with a single language background - and more.

Next up are units on preventive care and supportive relationships. We discuss the role educators can play in creating safe space for students, backed with research into the experiences of globally mobile international school students.

In the final unit of this course, we tackle a very practical topic that comes up for most international educators: intercultural conflict. We discuss different cultural expectations of education, and how to handle conflicts that arise from these culture clashes - between educators, administration, parents, and students. 
Learn more in our introduction to Virtual Training Courses for International Schools

Why should I take this course?




Learn more about the students you teach in an international setting and how to best meet their specific needs for the best possible outcomes. Understand your school community and how to engage well. If you are a parent, you'll also learn about your own child's experiences in the process!
Build your toolbox for international school counseling with these courses applying content directly to your context. Work through how international students experience school life differently, tackling a wide range of topics, with reflective activities and supplemental resources to increase your selection of go-to tools of the trade.
So much professional development for teachers is not tailored to the experiences of international school educators. Ensure the best possible care for your students by providing staff training designed specifically for this population. 

Meet the instructors

Tanya Crossman

Director of Research and International Education
Tanya is a leading expert in the field of modern Third Culture Kids and issues facing cross-cultural families, with 18 years' experience in the field. She is the author of Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century (2016), and conducts research on behalf of TCK Training in the area of ACE scores and other trauma among globally mobile TCKs. Tanya has been a guest speaker at international schools and other groups on four continents, and co-taught a workshop at the 2023 International School Counselor Association conference.
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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, The Grief Tower, and Unstacking Your Grief Tower. 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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Elizabeth Vahey Smith

Chief Operating Officer
Author of The Practice of Processing, Elizabeth is a skilled communicator and trauma-informed training specialist who helps transform abstract concepts into practical steps, equipping, encouraging, and empowering people to reach their goals. Elizabeth is a mom of two worldschooling TCKs.