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The risks and the challenges of 'high mobility' for third culture kids and their parents

International relocations for a family can be challenging - especially if these happen a number of times during an individual’s childhood.

Third culture kids tend to adapt well to changes and develop resilience because they are exposed to many potentially traumatic situations. Significant evidence, however, has been accumulated with regard to developmental trauma causing PTSD among the children of international and highly mobile families. It is therefore important to support these children and their families.

In this presentation, Giulia Schembri, School Counsellor at St George's British International School, Rome, will present a supported and systemic intervention programme for parents, teachers and children that has been implemented at St George’s British International School in Rome, to support third culture kids and their families.

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be left with various learning outcomes, including:

• Understanding the dilemma ‘Is high mobility a privilege or a challenge in today’s changing world?’
• Why third culture kids are at risk of developing mental health problems during adolescence or adulthood if not supported by preventative programmes
• Understanding how topics like: identity, loss, grief, adjustment, restlessness, shame, fostering healthy relationships and securing internal working models of relationships, are all essential topics for the third culture kids population
• What can be done to support third culture kids and their families and what needs to be done to counterbalance the challenges of a constantly changing world
• What St George’s British International School, Rome, did.