BEST PRACTICES IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE ACROSS BORDERS

Contributed by Jennie Linton & Karina Lagarrigue

We want to extend our warmest greetings to all of you who have expressed interest and contributed to creating tools, platforms, networks…that contribute to moving towards a world where the impact of mobility, cross-cultural, and globalization is contemplated. After a very successful TCK conference in Chiang Mai last October 2023  we are filled we hope for a more collaborative approach to this whole project. Whether you contributed through active participation, supporting the event in various capacities, or are just learning about it on this email,  you have been contacted because your daily dedication to the care of this community (TCK and expats) is invaluable, and we are grateful for your continued commitment to it.

We write to you today with an opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research in the field of mental health support for TCKs and expats. As part of our ongoing efforts to deepen understanding and improve outcomes, Jennie Linton and I have crafted a comprehensive questionnaire aimed at gathering insights from clients/ users who may have sought the help of professionals like yourself (or people in your team/community).

In this questionnaire, we aim to delve into the realm of best practices in mental health support for TCKs and expats. We believe it is still an area that remains underexplored, and unfortunately, there are still very few people who see the need to adjust mental health practices to the benefit of this growing population. This is why your awareness is so important, and we are reaching out to you to help us share this questionnaire with the community you serve, who can provide invaluable perspectives on the work that is being done to identify and confirm what works and why. 

We invite you to share this questionnaire where we seek to gather insights on modalities, tools, and personality traits of the professionals who have supported them. 

TCK & Expats Mental Health Experiences Questionnaire: https://forms.gle/gLwWGygwP7RrYqNA9

Our research encompasses the diverse experiences of mental health users, both domestic and international. We seek to understand the nuances in the impact of past experiences as well as explore the impact of various modalities of interventions. By examining the interplay between modalities, personality traits of the professionals, and many other variables we have cautiously chosen, we hope to identify key factors that shape effective support systems. In other words; MENTAL HEALTH BEST PRACTICES FOR PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH THE GLOBALLY MOBILE COMMUNITY.

With your help, we aim to reach out to a large group of users who have sought the help of very well-trained professionals like yourself (or those working within your organization or community).  So your support in sharing this questionnaire with your network of users, clients, friends, and family is crucial to the success of this research.

We strongly believe that, by opening ourselves to the voices of those we have served throughout our careers, we have a unique opportunity to refine and enhance our interventions based on user feedback.

Together, we can strive for excellence in mental health support for TCKs and expats. Your participation in this initiative is a testament to your dedication to the well-being of our community. We thank you for embracing this opportunity and contributing to our collective growth.

With gratitude and anticipation,

Karina Lagarrigue & Jennie Linton

Jennie Linton is a Licensed Professional Counselor supervisee and a coach for Expat moms.  She is completing her M. Ed. In Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She also owns the company The Expat Mom and hosts a weekly podcast by the same name helping expats navigate the mental and emotional challenges of living and parenting abroad.  She works for Momentum Counseling in the US.  She is delighted to be helping research and compile “Best Mental Health Care Practices for the Globally Mobile Community”. She has lived abroad most of her adult life and has lived in 7 countries on 4 continents.  She currently lives in Jakarta, Indonesia with her husband who is a US diplomat, and her four TCK daughters ages 7-16.

 

 

 

Karina Lagarrigue is a psychologist and an ATCK, who experienced three international moves and over ten domestic relocations by age 18. With over 12 years of experience, she specializes in aiding Highly Sensitive People, cross-cultural couples, and highly mobile individuals. Currently pursuing an International Ph.D. in Highly Sensitive expatriated motherhood from Spain.  As a highly sensitive expat mother to two TCKs, she intimately understands the challenges of expat life. Karina’s website www.expatworldpsychologist.com