Safe Passage – essential reading for working with #TCKs

“This book was inspired by Ota identifying an unmet need he saw in students during transitional periods in the school year – and from existing research findings indicating that moving creates havoc with student learning. Ota and his colleagues at the American School of The Hague (ASH) developed the Safe Harbor programme to address the unmet needs of expats students facing transition. 

This book is essential for any international school wanting to create their own transition program. Not only for schools though as I also found it a helpful read for expat parents. Ota offers parental tips aimed at easing your child transition – including assessing your own responses to making a new transition. In summary, I highly recommend this book to anyone working with third culture kids.”

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Author: Doug Ota

Doug Ota grew up between cultures. A Japanese father, an English mother, and their divisive divorce started Ota on a career wondering where he – and others – belong. He studied philosophy at Princeton University, USA, and psychology at the University of Leiden, Netherlands. For many years, he was a counselor in international education. He now works in private practice with children and adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. Doug consults with international organizations on how to build programs to address the challenges and opportunities of mobility ( He is the author of Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It.

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