Groundwork Certification

September 2024 Cohort

This course is designed to provide TCK caregivers with bite-size chunks of education that direct them toward meaningful, practical application.

Included in the Groundwork Certification is the Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification and QPR Suicide Prevention Certification.

The course consists of 8 units of training with weekly content crafted specifically for Groundwork, including practicum assignments, guided discussions, and written or video reports. It should take approximately 5-10 hours per week to attend class and complete the tasks.

Each week has a two-hour guided discussion to review the learning objectives and practicum experience of that Unit. The final session will be three hours to have the discussion and then close out the cohort.
Students have 2 excused absences, assuming they can complete the week's work, including the report. 

Super Early Bird Sale ends: June 24, 2024
Early Bird Sale ends: July 24, 2024
Registration ends: Aug 23, 2024

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Sept 24 - Nov 19, 2024

Class Times

7am-9am EST

YMHFA Training

Oct 24-25
7am-10:15am EST

Suicide Prevention Training

Nov 7
7am-11am EST


9 weeks
8 units



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Discount Information

Bring Your Team
10% discount for a TCK caregiving team of 2 or more, contact for more information.

Week 1
Unit  1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4
Unit 5
Unit 6
Unit 7
Unit 8


Communicating with TCKs of all Ages
Communicating with Parents
Wearing Multiple Hats Well
Stress vs Crisis: Where's the Line?
Responding to a Crisis
Implementing On-Field Parent Education
TCKs & Mental Health
Supporting Families Through Transition

Meet the instructors

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. 

Elizabeth Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Author of The Practice of Processing, Elizabeth is a skilled communicator and trauma-informed educator 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.

Jessi Bullis

TCK Training Director of Adult TCK Services and Marketing

Jessi is an Adult TCK who grew up in Singapore, England, Turkey, and Germany. She has a heart and passion for TCKs and the unique struggles they face. She received her undergraduate in psychology and a seminary degree in counseling for the purpose of caring for TCKs well.

Tanya Crossman

TCK Training of Research & Educational Services

Tanya Crossman grew up in Australia and the USA, and as an adult lived there as well as China and Cambodia; she lived in 14 houses, made nine international moves, (including three repatriations), and is about to embark on her 10th. She is a leading expert in the field of modern Third Culture Kids, Cross Cultural Kids, and issues facing cross-cultural families, with 16 years' experience in the field - most of that spent working with TCKs and families living in China. She is the author of Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century.  Learn more about Tanya's work at

Anna Danforth

TCK Training Presenter

Anna Danforth grew up in Cameroon as a TCK where she developed a passion to help global families thrive overseas. She holds a degree in secondary French education and an MAED in Instruction and Curriculum. She married her high school sweetheart from DR Congo and they raised their two kids in Lesotho and South Africa. Anna and her husband work in education, job skills training, job creation, and agriculture. Drawing on her experiences as a TCK, missionary, and teacher at the Africa Orientation Course, Anna wrote Raising a Family Overseas as a resource for global families. 

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