How are we supporting the “Third Culture Kid”, and their families, emotionally and psychologically? Is your school counseling program developing Wellness and the social emotional growth of students through school-wide curriculum? How ready are you to respond to crisis?
Come participate in the 2018 ISCA Annual Conference and unite with colleagues from around the world about diverse topics relevant to you and learn how to strengthen your school counseling program. This year's program will focus on our students as Third Culture Kids, Wellness, crisis intervention and counseling curriculum.
Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds.
Ruth is a second generation adult TCK and mother of 3ATCKs. She speaks nationally and internationally on issues related to global family living. She is co-founder of Families in Global Transition. In addition to other writing, Ruth is co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds.
Featured Speakers and Pre-Conference Presenters
Dr. Scott Poland, a Professor at CPS and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Poland was the keynote speaker in 2017 at ISCA Prague. He will continue working with counselors on crisis prevention, intervention and post-vention during this year's pre-conference and main conference.
Dr. Poland is a licensed psychologist is an internationally recognized expert on youth suicide, self-injury, school violence, threat assessment and school crisis and has authored or co-authored five books on the subject. His fifth book entitled, Suicide in Schools, was published in 2015 Routledge.
He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists. He has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after 15 school shootings, numerous suicide clusters, natural disasters and acts of terrism. He is the co-author of the school suicide prevention plans for the states of Texas and Montana.
Kevin Hawkins from Mindwell. Kevin was a recent keynote speaker in 2016 Lisbon and featured presenter at ISCA Prague 2017. He will continue working with counselors on developing Mindfulness in Schools during this year's pre-conference and main conference.
Kevin has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years - as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. Until recently, and for the past 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic. Kevin has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008 and he is a Senior Lead trainer for Mindfulness in Schools Project '.b' (dot-be) curriculum. In 2012 he co founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Kevin also works independently as a school consultant and trainer and has been lead consultant to the IBO on SEL and mindfulness. He is a regular speaker and presenter on wellbeing in education and his book, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving Wellbeing in Teaching and Learning, was released this summer.
Amy Burke from Mindwell. Amy was a recent keynote speaker in 2016 at ISCA Lisbon and featured presenter in 2017 at ISCA Prague. She will continue working with counselors on developing Mindfulness in Schools during this year's pre-conference and main conference.
Amy spent 15 years in high schools as a classroom teacher and counselor in Canada and The Netherlands before relocating to Prague in 2013. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and her work is centered around helping young adults, and those who teach them, create lives of meaning and purpose. Amy is a lead teacher trainer for Mindfulness in Schools Project “.b” (dot-be) program and has also completed mindfulness curriculum training with Dr. Amy Saltzman (Still Quiet Place) and Gina Biegel (MBSR-T). She works internationally offering workshops, courses and retreats for educators and students. In 2012, Amy co-founded MindWell whose aim is to support school communities in integrating mind, body and heart through mindfulness training and social and emotional learning.