Pathways Certification

The TCK Training's pathway to providing excellent TCK care.

Pathways is perfect for you if... 

  • You desire to work in TCK care
  • You are beginning a TCK care program
  • You have just started in a TCK care role within a sending entity
  • You are looking to increase the credibility of your TCK staff
  • You work in TCK/Expat family consulting/coaching
  • You want all of your organization/company's TCK team members to have the same foundational knowledge

Upcoming Dates:

Fall 2023

Sept 5 - Dec 5, 2023
Tuesdays, 7-10pm 
Eastern Time (NY)

Spring 2024

Jan 23 - Apr 16, 2024
Tuesdays, 9am-12pm Eastern Time (NY)

Week 1: Orientation Day
On the first date of the program, students have a three hour Zoom session where they are oriented to the materials, assignments, live sessions, expectations, continuing education requirements, etc. The students will receive their assignments for that week.

Week 2: TCK Care Foundations
Week 3: Knowing Yourself as a Caregiver
Week 4: Your Role Within an                                                                     Organization/Company/Sending Entity
Week 5: TCK Program Planning
Week 6: Supporting Parents of TCKs
Week 7: Age-Based TCK Care
Week 8: Educational Planning
Week 9: Pre-Field TCK Care
Week 10: On-Field TCK Care
Week 11: TCKs in Transition
- In between week 11 & 12 we have a break -
Week 12: Debrief Certification Training (5 Live Days)

Certification Ceremony
Upon successful completion of the course and passing assessment scores, students will receive a certificate in TCK Caregiving. This certification must be maintained by annual reports of continuing education through TCK Training or other approved training organizations.


12-month Financing Available.

Group discounts available for 2 or more attendees from the same organization/company.

Some discounts included with Agency Packages. Learn more about 2023 Pricing and Services.

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*What Does it Mean to be Pathways Certified? 

A Pathways Certification means that the participant…

 Has completed 12 weeks of training, 48 live instructional         hours
 Through assessments and case studies, has demonstrated         that they understand the needs of TCKs and are capable         of organizing programs to meet those needs
 Has received access to TCK Training materials
 Maintains their knowledge by completing 10 CE hours            annually
 Has the opportunity for reference and recommendation          from TCK Training

The Pathways Certification will be kept up-to-date with annual recertification courses that provide the latest information on TCK Care. 

If you have already finished the Debrief Certification Course, you can email [email protected] for a discount code and you do not need to attend Week 12!
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If you have any questions about Pathways please fill out the question form below and we will reach out shortly!

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. 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.

Bret Taylor

Interaction International
Bret Taylor has been working with Missionary Kids and other TCKs since 1999. His background includes youth ministry, classroom teaching, school administration and organizational operations. In each role his legacy is strategically developing and executing new initiatives. As the President/CEO of Interaction International, he continues his passion for training and advising individuals and organizations in ways to enhance their "Flow of Care."

Sheryl O'Bryan

Interaction International
Sheryl O'Bryan has been working with TCKs since 1988. She has served as a social studies, English, and French teacher, as well as a dorm parent relief at a TCK boarding school in Africa. She has also worked as the TCK Care and Education Specialist for her sending organization and in broader member care and training during her nearly 16 years there. Sheryl currently serves at Interaction International as the Director of TCK Services, Communications, and the Student Teaching And Global Experience (STAGE). Sheryl lives in Florida with her dad and her labradoodle, Mr. Bingley.

Jacquie Kubr

TCK Training - Director of Family Services
Jacquie has a background in Clinical Mental Health counseling with a specialization in Trauma Studies. She has partnered with families in their overall health and wellness for over fifteen years. A mother to five, Jacquie’s youngest two are international adoptees and are growing up as CCKs. She and her family live north of Nashville, TN. Jacquie has a background in Clinical Mental Health counseling with a specialization in Trauma Studies. She has partnered with families in their overall health and wellness for over fifteen years. A mother to five, Jacquie’s youngest two are international adoptees and are growing up as CCKs. She and her family live north of Nashville, TN. 

Jessi Bullis

TCK Training - Director of Adult TCK Services
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.

Melissa Shipman

Dr. Melissa Shipman serves as the Executive Director of PACE, a professional association that trains and equips TCK education personnel. Melissa is also the co-founder and Principal of Learnwell Collective, which offers homeschool support and community to families all over the world. She served overseas first as a teacher, and later as a TCK education consultant with SHARE Education Services. Melissa lives with her husband and two daughters north of Atlanta, Georgia.

Chris O'Shaughnessy

Christopher O’Shaughnessy is a passionate and versatile speaker, comedian, and author who uses a unique blend of story-telling, humor, and provocative insight to engage a wide array of people on topics ranging from Third Culture Kids and the effects of globalization to building community and increasing empathy. Chris’ book, Arrivals, Departures and the Adventures In-Between, has received high praise from students, teachers, and other experts in the TCK and international community as a resource that is both enjoyable to read at a student level, and able to instill truths, insights and skills essential to navigating life successfully as a TCK. Born in England as a military brat to American parents, Chris has lived and worked across the globe and to date has ventured to more than 100 countries. Tales from these experiences form part of the fabric of Chris’ work and have helped shape Chris’ passion for helping the world benefit from the experience of expats, global nomads, and cross-cultural communities.

Tanya Crossman

Director of Research & International Schools
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. Tanya is now an intercultural trainer and consultant providing support to families, international schools, and organisations serving cross-cultural populations. 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 and is currently working on her second book, a guidebook for adults who wish to unpack the legacy of a cross-cultural childhood. Tanya has a bachelor's degree in Asian Studies from the Australian National University, a diploma of Mandarin Chinese from the Beijing Language and Culture University, and Master of Divinity degree from Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Learn more about Tanya's work at