Encouraging Resilience in the Foreign Service Child (MQ500)
This evening seminar is a valued added resource for all parents in the foreign affairs community. Participants will hear from both parents of children who were raised overseas and the Third Culture Kids themselves. Discussions will address the characteristics of an internationally mobile childhood; influences on cultural identity; characteristics of families living overseas; and strategies for raising resilient children.
"It was nice to hear my kids probably won't grow up to be miserable and depressed and regretful on everything I have done."
"I left feeling reassured that the kids will be fine (thanks to the panel) and I have a more concrete view of the challenges (pros and cons list) and perhaps what they need to handle the challenges (the ice breaker). Some toolkit tips from the panel were especially useful."
Course Dates and Times
8 November 2017 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
2 May 2018 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Please email FSITCResilience@state.gov to register.
This is a non-tuition workshop.
Virtual Resource Table
The following links and documents represent materials made available at the resource table during the class.
Department of State Employee and Family Services
Foreign Affairs Community Resources
Learn More About Resilient Children in the Foreign Service
- Raising Children Overseas (video) - Dr. Elmore Rigamer
- Physiological Aspects and Development Issues for Foreign Service Children – Pre-K & Early Elementary (video)- Dr. Elmore Rigamer
- Physiological Aspects and Development Issues for Foreign Service Children – Adolescents & Teens (video)- Dr. Elmore Rigamer
- Bouncing Back: Staying Resilient Through the Challenges of Life
- Raising Resilient Children in the Foreign Service
- Transition, Training and Foreign Service Child (FLO)
- Bouncing Back: Transition and Re-Entry Planning for the Parents of Foreign Service Youth: FLO's newest online publication) offers parents practical guidance for FS parents on re-entry planning for their Third Culture Kids. FLO's Education and Youth Team created Bouncing Back as an updated and revised edition of their original transition and re-entry publication, According to My Passport I'm Coming Home.
- "Promoting Your Child's Emotional Health" by Rebecca Grappo. The Foreign Service Journal, June 2011.
Learn More About Resilience
- How We Bounce Back: The New Science of Human Resilience (World Science Festival Panel)
- Overseas Crisis Readiness
- Promoting Resilience: Department Programs Help FS Staff Bounce Back (State Magazine)
- Resilience Guide for Parents (American Psychological Association)
Personal Resilience Activities for You and Your Family
- The Road to Resilience: 10 Ways to Build Resilience
- Personal Resilience Ideas
- Ginsburg, Kenneth R with Jablow, Marth M. Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings. 2nd Ed. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011.
- Pollock, David. Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2009.
- Seligman, Martin. The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience. Mariner Books, 2007.