Equipping caregivers to work directly with TCK families!
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Groundwork is perfect for you if... 

  • You work directly with TCKs and their families on a regular basis
  • You're intimately familiar with the challenge of wearing multiple hats (ex. you're a family friend & the TCK Caregiver & also work at the child's school)
  • You desire to learn effective communication strategies and practical tools for working with TCKs and their families
  • You want to learn how to support TCKs effectively in seasons of stress and crisis

Trying to decide if Groundwork or Pathways is the right fit? Find more information below.

Upcoming Cohorts

Choose a cohort that's best for you, and maintain your training by renewing certification every 3 years.

Sept 2024 Cohort

Sept 24 - Nov 19, 2024

7-9 am Eastern Time (NY)

Super Early Bird Sale Ends: June 10
Early Bird Sale Ends: July 10
Registration Closes: Aug 24

Jan 2025 Cohort

Jan 30- Mar 27, 2025

10 am-Noon Eastern Time (NY)

Super Early Bird Sale Ends: Oct 20
Early Bird Sale Ends: Nov 20
Registration Closes: Dec 20

Recertification Every 3 Years

The first recertification course will be offered in 2027 for 2024 Groundwork graduates.

To maintain, this certification must be renewed every three years.




12-month payment plans available at registration.

Group discounts available for 2 or more attendees from the same organization/company
  • Super Early Bird Sale ($250 off - ends 2 months before registration closes)
  • Early Bird Sale ($150 off - ends 1 month before registration closes)
  • Teams of 2+ (10% off)
  • Pathways & Groundwork Bundle ($1500 off) 

Offered each semester

*Scholarship applications are currently closed.

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How does groundwork actually work? 

Practical and Discussion Focused Education

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

Each week, the unit will be completed independently and will include 5-8 hours of online education and in person practicum (practicing what you've learned that week with the TCKs and families in your community).

Each week, the cohort will gather for a 2-hour guided discussion on the education and their experiences in real-life application and a Q&A with one of the instructors. 

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

Deciding which Certification is Best for You?

Here's the difference between Groundwork & Pathways:

Meet the instructors

Lauren Wells 

TCK Training - 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. Her newest book, What Made That Feel so Hard was released in March of 2024.
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

TCK Training - Chief Operations 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 & 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.

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. The place she calls home is a fruit tree and macadamia farm in KwaZulu Natal where she lives with her husband, dogs, cats, horse, and best friends.

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