Upcoming events

    • 10 Feb 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Webinar

    FIGT Webinar

    Personal Challenges in Moving to a New Country
    How to Help Beneath the Surface

    Facilitator: Anne P Copeland
    Founder and Executive Director of
    The Interchange Institute

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016
      12:00 PM EDT, 5:00 PM UCT/GMT 

    Can’t make the webinar live? All registrants also receive access to a 7 day replay.

    About the Webinar

    Professionals who work with families in global transition have the opportunity to delve into the details of people’s lives, to support their transitions and growth. In this webinar, we will explore several psychological/social challenges people face when moving to a new culture: family dynamics, social support, identity loss and early experience with difference. Using research findings from The Interchange Institute, we will discuss how these ideas can become part of a coaching and/or cultural training conversation.

    About the Facilitator 

    Anne P. Copeland, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the founder and Executive Director of The Interchange Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the understanding and support of people and organizations in intercultural transition. She conducts research and offers publications, cross-cultural training, training of trainers, and consulting on the process of moving from one culture to another.

    Anne was Associate Professor at Boston University for 19 years before choosing to take her work outside academic life. She has written several books and (for more than 20 years) a monthly newsletter on families, culture, and transition. She has completed extensive research pertaining to expatriate adjustment; and has authored over 100 research articles, chapters, and professional presentations.

    She developed and delivers the training-of-trainers course, Crossing Cultures with Competence, for experienced professionals wanting to add new ideas and materials into their cross-cultural training toolkits. 


    Registration for members is free. Non-members may register for $30 USD. Get a full refund of your webinar fee if you sign up for membership no later than  February 17, 2016.

    For more details on membership or to join click here. To register, click the register button to the left (members must be logged in). Once you are registered and approved, call information will be emailed to you. If you do not receive this information, please check your spam filters, or contact FIGT at

    Special Offer for ALL FIGT Members and Webinar Registrants

    The Interchange Institute is offering a 10% discount for any of its 2016 Crossing Cultures with Competence Training of Trainers workshops to qualified FIGT Members and those who register for the FIGT Webinar Personal Challenges When Moving to a New Country - How to help Beneath the Surface. This training of trainers workshop is designed to help people put their existing personal, academic and/or professional intercultural expertise to use to deliver high-quality, professional cross-cultural orientations for people moving to a new country. To learn more about these workshops, click here or contact Anne Copeland at Once registered for the webinar, members will be provided a special discount code to apply.

    • 10 Mar 2016
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 Mar 2016
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    Registration for the 2016 FIGT Conference is now closed. If you would like to be added to a wait-list, in case there are any cancellations, please email mentioning the registration type (column on the left) which would be of interest to you.

    A huge thank you to everyone who has already registered. We look forward to seeing you at what will be an outstanding conference in Amsterdam.

    2016 FIGT Conference

    March 10-12, 2016

    De Bazel, Amsterdam 

    Our theme this year is

    Moving Across Cultures: Bringing Empathy and Expertise to the Evolving Global Family


    FIGT invites you to join us as we share leading-edge research, expertise and experience from across all sectors of the international community, raising big questions and creating practical tools for global families in all their variations, to challenge how we bring empathy and expertise to the evolving global family. 

    The #FIGT16NL conference will be held in historic De Bazel, in Amsterdam, on March 10, 11 and 12.  This beautiful classic building is a wonderful location to showcase the unique blend of research, expertise and personal experiences and stories that makes the FIGT conference so compelling.  

    This year’s conference takes place over three full days and features:
    • Over 50 renowned speakers representing all aspects of the expat experience.
    • Thought provoking concurrent sessions.
    • Dynamic, interactive kitchen table conversations.
    • Ignite sessions to spark new ideas!
    • Panel Discussions looking at the big picture issues.
    • Networking with some of the most respected names in expat research, service provision, and cross cultural education.
    • Forums and workshops with successful expat innovators and writers.
    • Dedicated Researchers’, Writers’ and Millennials’ Forums, promoting expertise exchange for interest specific attendees.
    • Author signings and a bookstore brimming with expat centric literature.

    Conference Location Address

    De Bazel Cafe & Conference Center
    Vijzelstraat 32
    1017 HL Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your conference registration you must do so prior to February 25, 2016. There will be a $50 cancellation fee. After February 25, 2016 FIGT is unable to refund any registration fees. If you are unable to attend the conference and would like to transfer your registration to another attendee, there will be a $50 administrative fee to complete that transaction. Please contact FIGT at if you have any questions.




Past events

13 Jan 2016 Webinar | Raising Bilingual Children
08 Dec 2015 Webinar | Taking Your Child with Special Needs Overseas: What to Know Before You Go
14 Apr 2015 Webinar | A Safe Passage Through a Sea Change: A Review of Effective Support for TCKs From Childhood Through the Transition to Adulthood
06 Mar 2015 2015 FIGT Conference - Finding "Home": Amidst Global Change
04 Dec 2014 DC Winter Networking Event
16 Oct 2014 DC Fall Networking Event
26 Jun 2014 DC Summer Networking Event
13 Jun 2014 Webinar | Two Minds Abroad--What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Global Living
24 Mar 2014 Switzerland Affiliate: Preparing your Student for the University Transition
21 Mar 2014 FIGT 2014 Conference: Reception & Keynote with Ray Leki
21 Mar 2014 2014 FIGT Conference - The Global Family: Redefined
06 Feb 2014 DC February Networking Event
04 Dec 2013 DC December Networking Happy Hour
05 Nov 2013 Switzerland Affiliate: Beating the « November Blues »!
21 Oct 2013 Webinar | Best Practices in Cross-cultural Training for Expatriates
09 Sep 2013 Webinar | Practical Tools for Making Sense of Cultural Transitions
28 Jun 2013 Industry Event | Celebrate Canadian Success- New York 2013
18 Jun 2013 Industry Event | The North-East USA Totally Expat Show
30 May 2013 Webinar | Using Story Board Techniques for Needs and Expectation Assessments
17 May 2013 UK Affiliate | To IB or not to IB - The IB: Not Just for University, for Life
16 May 2013 DC May Networking Happy Hour
16 May 2013 Webinar | In Search of Identity: Awakening Your Authentic Self
22 Mar 2013 2013 FIGT Conference
21 Mar 2013 Pre-conference Workshop: Discover Your Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and learn how to Increase It!
21 Mar 2013 Pre-conference Workshop: 3 Keys to Creating your Portable Career
21 Mar 2013 Pre-conference Workshop: HKEELEE (Talk to Me) – Stories as Tools for Cross-cultural Communication and Negotiation
21 Mar 2013 Pre-conference Workshop: Rebranding To Be Better Than You Believe
20 Mar 2013 Pre-conference Workshop: Transitioning Successfully for University Training of Trainers Program
11 Mar 2013 Webinar | Getting the Best Out of Your FIGT Conference: Guidlines for First Timers
05 Sep 2012 Webinar: Going Global - Coaching with a Global Mindset
28 Jun 2012 Webinar: Third Culture Kids Transitioning Successfully for University
21 Jun 2012 UK Affiliate Official Launch Reception
29 Mar 2012 2012 FIGT Conference
27 Mar 2012 Switzerland Affiliate: Preparing for University Transition
19 Oct 2011 Webster University's Geneva Campus First International Counseling Conference
13 Oct 2011 Growing Up Cross-Culturally: Broadening Horizons for Academic Research Symposium
10 Oct 2011 Swiss Chapter launch
17 Mar 2011 2011 FIGT Conference
20 Jan 2011 USA Girl Scouts Overseas Webinar on Third Culture Kids

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