Resilience and the Internationally Mobile Family
Navigating Changes and Transitions
About the Book
The process of international relocation can be an exciting, empowering, and fascinating life experience. Or, it can be an emotionally volatile situation for family members that may adversely impact personal wellbeing, marital relationships, and/or children’s behavioral and school adjustment.
In Resilience and the Internationally Mobile Family, authors Dr. William G. Nicoll and Dr. Peggy Pelonis assist international families, as well as international school educators and employers, in better understanding the internationally mobile family experience.
The resilience building model outlined in this book enables parents, youth, schools, and employers to better understand the process of change. It provides practical skills and strategies for successfully navigating the international transition process and realizing a positive, life-changing, and life-enriching experience.
In a world where more and more families are moving globally, William G. Nicoll and Peggy Pelonis join theory and practice as they discuss the paradoxical dynamics of these changes. After explaining how different stages of transition frequently present, they offer concrete strategies for how parents and educators can help build resilience during these times. A timely book!
Ruth E. Van Reken, B.S., R.N., D.L.(h.c.),
co-author Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, 3rd edition,
co-founder, Families in Global Transition
Resilience and the Internationally Mobile Family is an invaluable resource for anyone in the planning stage or in the process of relocating to another country. It shines a light on the many psychological and cultural pitfalls and benefits of such a life-changing decision and offers countless strategies and resources to deal with the disruptions to normal life.
Bill Oldread, Assistant Director,
East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS)
The authors provide not only good advice and support but do so in an encouraging way, seeing the undoubted challenges as opportunities to enrich the experience of the whole family.
Dr Jeff Thompson, CBE,
Professor Emeritus, University of Bath, UK.
Resilience and the Internationally Mobile Family is a must read for parents and educators who work with internationally mobile families as well as anyone who supports these families at home and abroad, to navigate the many changes and transitions that they will experience over the course of their various travels and assignments. Written by experts in the field, who have not only done their research, they practice what they advocate.
author and educator
About the Author
William G. Nicoll, Ph.D. is a consultant with the Resilience Counseling & Training Center in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA. Bill has served as a special education teacher (behavioral adjustment issues), school counselor (U.S & international schools), family counselor in private practice and agency settings, and university professor. He has provided consulting and professional development training services for international schools, professional organizations, mental health organizations, and universities worldwide including the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools.
Bill’s primary professional interest has been in the development of resilience and social-emotional well-being in youth through positive, supportive school and family environments. Considered one of the seminal authors in the area of school-based family counseling, he has authored numerous articles in professional journals and chapters in textbooks on mental health and education issues. Bill has also served on the editorial boards of professional journals and held leadership positions at local, state, national and international levels. Bill is the author of the book, Developing Resilient Youth: Classroom activities for social-emotional competence and a forthcoming book, Raising Resilient Children: What every parent needs to know.
Peggy Pelonis, Ed.D., MBA, LMFT is Vice President at the American Community School, a k-12 international school in Athens, Greece. She is a leadership, personal and professional growth coach and a trainer of school leadership and transformation. Dr. Pelonis conducts workshops in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences as well as an invited speaker on various TV and radio programs to discuss change on an individual and organizational level. She is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and magazine & newspaper articles, as well as three books: “Change in the journey of life” Fytraki publications, 2001, “I Exist, I Change” Isorropon publications, 2006, and, “Everything Changes” Ioakistis publications, 2019 (currently published in Greek). Her primary interest is in providing holistic education in schools that fosters character and contributes to youth living by principles of excellence, social interest and living meaningful lives.