Sean Truman spent the majority of his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations and his mother was a teacher at the International School of Kenya. He attended college in the US and received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry.
He is a Licensed Psychologist and runs a private practice where he sees individuals, adolescents and couples. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Truman has worked as both a researcher and a professor of undergraduates and graduate students.
In 2010 Dr. Truman co-founded, and is the Chief Medical Officer of the Truman Group, a practice that provides remote mental health consultation and care to expatriates living abroad. He is responsible for the oversight of thirty clinicians.
Dr. Truman is an expert in international expatriate mental health. He has published in the area and is regularly sought out as a consultant in the international school community. He works frequently with school leadership and school counselors and is involved in program and policy development in the communities in which he serves.
Dr. Truman’s work takes him to development organizations, government agencies and international schools around the world; he has provided consultation, education and expertise regarding mental health care and policy to organization administrators, international school leadership, faculty, as well as the larger expatriate community. He has led continuing education and professional development sessions for school counselors.
Based in Minnesota, in the United States Dr. Truman travels extensively working with counselors, schools and individuals. Dr. Truman currently oversees an initiative to support school counselors in Africa. In partnership with the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and with funding from the Office of Overseas Schools, he designed and implemented a program to provide consultation groups for counselors to improve their systems, programs and counseling skills.
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.
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.