Treating Adult Third Culture Kids: Guidance for University Counseling Centers
Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Judith Fox, Ph.D.
Second Committee Member
Hale Martin, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Melissa Parks, Ph.D.
Third culture kid, TCK, Adult third culture kid, ATCK, Third culture, Global nomad, Expatriate
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The aim of this paper is to inform US American University Counseling Centers (UCCs) and their clinicians in treating Adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) university students. ATCKs not only have unique mental health needs, but they also face challenges that interfere with successfully transitioning into and through university. There are resources dedicated to helping ATCKs with navigating their transition into university life, and also resources dedicated to understanding ATCKs from a psychological perspective. What is missing from the literature are resources dedicated to helping larger university systems accommodate in order to support the needs and retention of ATCKs. There is utility in specifically targeting UCCs, as they attend to the mental health needs of university students. If UCCs can assist with identifying and treating ATCKs, the population will be better equipped to reach their full potential as university students and to utilize the specialized skillset they have gained from a globally mobile childhood.
McGregor, Sally, "Treating Adult Third Culture Kids: Guidance for University Counseling Centers" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 370.
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