TCK Live

TCK Live

Join our conversations around the important topics and issues connected to TCK life.

Welcome to TCK Live

Interaction International is proud to host amazing guests as we chat about our favorite topic . . . TCKs! Grab a drink and listen in to the conversation. If you join the webinar, you can participate in live polls and submit questions that will be woven into the discussion or answered directly during the Q&A at the end.

Register in advance to fully participate on our Zoom platform (see below). You can also join by watching our “Facebook Live” stream on the Interaction International Facebook Page.

Each TCK Live is recorded. If you’re on a long international flight (or in a never-ending meeting) and miss it live, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down the page and you will find links to the recordings. You can catch up on our past TCK Live conversations.  We’ve got you!

Upcoming TCK Lives

2022 Sneak Peak

Ruth Van Reken – TCK Care History
John Barclay – Changing Demographics of TCKs
Parenting TCKs
Mental Health Issues
Boarding Homes – Part 2
Faith Issues for MKs

Registrations will be available starting in January 2022

We will be taking a break through the New Year but will have some great new conversations being scheduled. Sign up below to be notified when we announce our 2022 lineup.

If there is a TCK topic or a special guest you would like to see join us for an upcoming webcast, we welcome your suggestions! Send us your suggestions here

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Because TCKs don't have a universal time-zone, we record each TCK Live. Preserved in all their original freshness, savor them at your leisure on our commercial-free Vimeo account. You will never have to wonder what you missed.

Dec 1, 2021 – Melissa Shipman – Found/Director of PACE and Learnwell Collective, Educational Consultant

Homeschooling TCKs

Watch recording on vimeo

Nov 10, 2021 – Valerie and Brian Weidemann – MKs, Boarding Home Parents at Dalat International School

TCKs and Boarding Homes

Watch recording on vimeo

Nov 3, 2021 – Mike Sloan – Director of Safeguarding at GRACE

Child Abuse and Reporting*

Note: The topic of abuse is triggering for some. The discussion is not intended to be graphic or explicit, but viewer discretion is advised. If you have experienced abuse or know someone who has, find someone who will care, listen, and help.

Watch recording on vimeo
Additional resources: Child Safety and Protection Network (CSPN), MK Safety Net, Praesidium

US Department of Health and Services website on resources for filing an abuse report: link

Oct 20, 2021 – Hannah Mathews – MK, creator of The Culture miKs

TCK Expression through Art

Watch recording on vimeo
Links to all video segments shared are in the description on Vimeo.

Oct 6, 2021 – Maggie A. (MK Caregiver), Denis Baily (MK, MK Chat director)

Virtual TCK Community

Watch recording on vimeo
TCK Connect (Interaction) – link
+Compass MK Forum- FB Group

Sept 22, 2021 – Kristi Steele – MK, Founder/Director of KC360

Getting TCKs Into College

Watch recording on vimeo
KC360 Website:

May 6th, 2021 – Rachel Hicks – MK, Author, Editor of Among Worlds

TCK Life in Words

Watch recording on vimeo
Resource Document: Download PDF

April 21st, 2021 – Grant Jones – MK, Counselor, Founder of TCK Counseling Network, President of Gateway Counseling Center

Counseling TCKs

Watch recording on vimeo

April 7th, 2021 – Doug Ota – Psychologist, Consultant, author of Safe Passage

Transition Issues and International Schools

Watch recording on vimeo.
SPAN – website
Book- Safe Passage by Doug Ota

March 17, 2021 – Jo Anne Lyon – Founder of World Hope International, Speaker, Author, General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church

TCKs, World Needs, and the Church

Watch recording on vimeo.

March 10, 2021 – Debbie Hewitt (Narramore Foundation)/ Donna Messenger (Barnabas International) 

Transitions to Passport Culture

Watch recording on vimeo.
2021 Transition Seminars program links
July 4-16: Cedarville, OH (Barnabas)
July 18-30: Biola University (Narramore)
July 28-31: Chatsworth, GA (Interaction) For Younger Teens
Aug 1-7: Chatsworth, GA (Interaction)
July 30-Aug 6: Calgary, AB (MORE Network)

Feb 24, 2021 – Lauren Wells – TCK, Author, Trainer, Founder/Director of TCK Training 

Unstacking Your Grief Tower

Watch recording on vimeo.
Check out Lauren’s web page:

Feb 10, 2021 – Chris O’Shaughnessy – Military TCK, Author, International Speaker

Hope During Crisis

Watch recording on vimeo.
Check out his web page:

Jan 27, 2021 – Heidi Tunberg – TCK, MK Director of Reach Global, Unofficial “MK Resource Librarian”

Favorite TCK story books

Watch recording on vimeo.
Resources referred to in conversation:
– Book List (TCK Live Resource List – Children’s Picture Books for TCKs)

Jan 13, 2021 – Jean Kawiecki – Military TCK, TCK Educator/consultant 

Educational Issues for TCKs during Crisis

Watch recording on vimeo.
Resources referred to in conversation:
– Flipping Your Lid (youtube)
– Live Overseas blog by Lauren Wells (here)

Dec 2, 2020 – Justin Reimer – TCK, Co-Founder/Director of Elisha Foundation

Caring for TCKs with Disabilities

Watch recording on vimeo.
Justin’s Resource Handout: TEF Basic ResourcesPDF

Nov 4, 2020 – Bret, Michael & Sheryl – Executive Team at Interaction International

RAFT: Beyond the Planks

Watch recording on vimeo.
Handout: PDF Download

Oct 21, 2020 – Greg Coles – TCK, Author, Speaker

Sexuality and Gender Identity in the Third Culture

Watch recording on vimeo.
Greg’s Resource Handout: Resource PDF
Greg’s Webpage:

TCK Live with Lauren Wells

Lauren Wells is our guest this week. She talks with us about the Parents' role in TCK care.

Posted by Interaction International on Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Oct 7, 2020 – Lauren Wells – TCK, Founder of TCK Training, Consultant

Parents’ Role in TCK Care

Watch recording on vimeo. (Note: first few minutes not recorded on vimeo, so full length FB Live stream is available to left)
Resource Handout: Download PDF

Sept 23, 2020 – Amanda Bates– TCK, Founder of The Black Expat, Consultant

Racism in the Third Culture

Watch recording on vimeo.

Sept 17, 2020 – Bryan Adkins– TCK, UN Environment Programme Management Office

TCK Experiences in Careers

Watch recording on vimeo.

June 3, 2020 – Ruth Van Reken– TCK, Author, Speaker, Founder of FIGT

Mentoring TCKs

Watch recording on vimeo.
Check out Ruth’s website

May 27th, 2020 – Debbie Hewitt, Shelly Lyons, Tammy Sharp

MK/TCK Transition Seminars: Why they are important

Watch recording on vimeo.
Learn about the programs: Narramore’s at Biola, MORE Network in Canada, Barnabas at Cedarville, Interaction’s in Colorado/Georgia

May 21st, 2020 – Guille Eddy – TCK, Author, Speaker, Founder of EuroTCK

Caring for TCKs during COVID- a European Perspective

Watch recording on vimeo.
Resources: Download PDF Guille’s resources

May 13th, 2020 – Cindy Duff – Director of Compass Ministries

Tools for Stress in Pre-Adolescent TCKs

Watch recording on vimeo.
Resources: Download PDF Techniques to care for young TCKS unders stress
Compass Ministries web page

May 6th, 2020 – Sandy Smith: Missionary Training International

Debriefing Kids

Watch recording on vimeo.
Parent Resources: MTI parent book resources(2019).
Resources for Kids: Books for Debriefing Children (2019).

April 29th, 2020 – Michelle Phoenix: TCK, Author, International Speaker

Resettling and Rites of Passage During Covid-19

Watch recording on vimeo
Michelle’s web page

April 21st, 2020 – (Sponsored by MKCS) – Anna & Neal Hampton

How to Care of TCKs in a Risky World

Watch recording on vimeo
Resources: Download PDF of handout-  Hampton Notes

April 15th, 2020 – Tim and Renee Auperlee

Power of Debriefing

Watch recording on vimeo

April 9th, 2020 – Donna LaMar

Safety, Mental Health, and Forgiveness

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April 2nd, 2020 – Lois Bushong

Grief, Loss and Anxiety

(recording unavailable due to technical issues)

April 1, 2020 – Tim Sanford

Maintaining Mental Health and Trauma Triggers

Watch recording on vimeo

March 27, 2020 – Debbie Hewitt

Gift of Disruption

Watch recording on vimeo