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Belonging Everywhere and Nowhere: Insights into Counseling the Globally Mobile Paperback – September 23, 2013
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About the Author
Lois J. Bushong, is a counselor and owner of Quiet Streams Counseling in Fishers, Indiana; adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University in the Graduate Counseling Department; published author; and international speaker. She has a Masters of Arts in Religion from the Anderson School of Theology; a Masters of Science in Community Counseling from Georgia State University; and is a graduate of Richmont Graduate University (formerly Psychological Studies Institute) in Atlanta, Georgia. Lois is licensed in the state of Indiana in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Lois is a Third Culture Kid who grew up in Latin America. As an adult she returned to Latin America where she worked for ten years. Upon her return to the United States, she worked with an international agency before she returned to graduate school to be able to effectively counsel individuals, couples and families.
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Lois' writing style is captivating and easy to understand. Even non-professionals can benefit from the content, stories and wisdom expressed throughout the book. I have found it very useful in my work with globally mobile families and have taken away great ideas for my workshops with students who are re-entering their home countries. I can highly recommend it for educators, parents, and others who want to know about or want to become more familiar with the unique challenges the globally mobile face and, of course for mental health professionals to understand how they can help them.
It is an irony of the peripatetic life that in moving around the world with their parents throughout their childhood, TCKs gain an almost precocious macro global view. But it is the micro that's upsetting them: issues of identity, nationality, sense of place or `home' and more. These are the life challenges that can't be navigated as easily as some TCKs are able to travel through chaotic faraway airports making Bushong's book of even more utmost importance.
A TCK herself, Bushong deftly weaves her own experience into the narrative but her stories never detract from her mission. Each chapter offers a cheat sheet at its conclusion listing things the reader should know as well as talking points and activities. There are also numerous resources, references and appendices that demonstrate the breadth of Bushong's research and her commitment to helping her subjects.
Full disclosure: Bushong contributed a chapter and was the consulting psychologist for one of my own books, but this only makes me already well aware of her insights, empathy and common sense on this subject. We often spoke about the need for a book which a parent with a child---struggling with TCK-related challenges---could simply hand to a therapist not well-versed in TCKs and say, "Read this!" before beginning counseling. Bushong has now successfully written and published that book.