By Colleen Kelley, PhD and Judith Meyers, PsyD

Awareness of our own cultural identities and experiences is the first step to becoming more effective cross-culturally.


The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory (CCAI) workshop is a powerful experience that helps participants identify their personal areas of low cultural understanding and provides examples of ways to improve them. Participants will identify their individual strengths and weaknesses in four skill areas that are fundamental to effective cross-cultural communication and interaction: Emotional Resilience, Flexibility/Openness, Perceptual Acuity, and Personal Autonomy.

In direct response to needs expressed by cross-cultural trainers and teachers for a well-constructed and easily obtainable self-assessment training instrument on cross-cultural adaptability, this Inventory was created. It was designed to respond to several needs and practical concerns which are expressed by culturally-diverse and cross-culturally orientated populations and by the trainers and professionals who work with them.


The CCAI is designed for multi-national corporations, pre-departure training, and diversity programs.

CCAI’s insights into successfully adapting to new situations, people and customs can be used for:

  • Promoting multi-cultural discussions in a training setting
  • Assisting individual self-selection for international business assignments
  • Developing readiness for travel or study abroad
  • Counseling individuals considering life changes involving other cultures
  • Improving the effectiveness of intercultural virtual teams and work groups
  • Selecting and training global leaders
  • Building and sustaining a corporate culture that values and embraces cultural diversity

The Facilitator Set is a set of directions for the Cultural Passport to Anywhere and the CCAI Self-Assessment form. Participants explore their own cultural identity and learn to improve their interactions with other cultures. 45 steps create an informative, interesting, practical, and fun learning experience. The design includes detailed methods for using the Passport, as well as the administration, scoring, profiling, and interpretation of the CCAI. This detailed and step-by-step guide for planning and delivering a powerful learning experience give you everything needed to facilitate a full day workshop.

The CCAI Self-Assessment compares an individual’s scores on the four CCAI dimensions and will help identify strengths and weaknesses when it comes to interacting with other cultures.The purpose of this inventory is to help assess an individual’s adaptability to living in another culture and to interact effectively with people of other cultures.

The Assessment is available in both Online and Paper-Based Format

The Workbook and Action-Planning Guide is where participants can take the knowledge they’ve gained during the workshop activities and make a commitment to applying what they’ve learned to their interactions with other cultures.

Learning Outcomes

Through this workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • Be more successful in cross-cultural interactions
  • Participate more effectively in multi-cultural discussions
  • Develop readiness for travel or study abroad
  • Access their competencies for relocating to another culture
  • Improve their productivity as a member of intercultural virtual teams and work groups
  • Select and train global leaders
  • Contribute to a corporate culture that values and embraces cultural diversity
Product Type

Facilitator Set, Self-Assessment (print), Self-Assessment (online)

Time Required

The CCAI takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and score. You can expand the learning into a 2 – 7 hour session. The results must be charted by the participant so time should be allowed for that.


Based on a total of 653 male and female subjects from diverse cultural and occupational backgrounds.

Use With

Multi-national corporations, expatriates, study-abroad, pre-departure training, immigrants, diversity programs, university classes on cross-cultural issues.

What to Order

FACILITATOR SET: Order one per trainer

The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory Facilitator Set includes a detailed step-by-step Facilitator Guide with instructions for planning and delivering a full day learning experience. Also included in the Facilitator Set are samples of the Self-Assessment, the Cultural Passport to Anywhere, and Action-Planning Guide.

PRINT SELF ASSESSMENT: Order one per individual or participant

The Print Self-Assessment is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment, if you don't know who the participants will be before the class begins, or if your learners do not have easy access to computers. The paper assessment booklet contains instructions for completing the assessment, the assessment items, the scoring form, directions for scoring and charting results, and basic interpretive information.

ONLINE SELF ASSESSMENT: Order one per individual or participant

The Online Version is an excellent choice for enterprise-wide training or audiences that are geographically dispersed. It offers 24/7 access, streamlined distribution, and instant scoring. The online assessment contains items identical to those in the paper assessment booklet and generates a personalized PDF report for participants, with their results already calculated.

WORKBOOK & ACTION-PLANNING SET: Order one per individual or participant

This set is designed to be used with the Facilitator Guide and Self-Assessment. This set includes the Cultural Passport to Anywhere and the Action-Planning Guide. The Cultural Passport to Anywhere gives participants an opportunity to explore their cultural background and identify the effects of their interactions with persons and situations that are from other cultures. The Action-Planning Guide helps participants develop strategies for implementing changes in their behaviors and attitudes based on the information gained from the Self-Assessment and other workshop activities.

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