The Military Family Life Counseling (MFLC) program began as a pilot program in 2004 in response to an emergent need for “boots on the ground” support to Service Members and military families impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) directed MHN Government Services (MHNGS) to send 20 Military Family Life Counselors to Germany to provide immediate support to troops redeploying from the combat theater. The success of the pilot program led the Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the official MFLC program in 2007. Since the first days of the pilot program, MHNGS counselors have stood shoulder to shoulder with the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Our team is proud to support a globally deployed MFLC force assigned to military installations throughout the world.
Through the MFLC Program, counselors provide confidential non-medical counseling services to military service members and their families on installations and civilian locations around the world. The non-medical counseling is short term and supportive in nature; services are designed to address the many challenges presented through the military lifestyle and provide positive coping skills in order to thrive despite these challenges. The MFLC Program utilizes general counselors to provide services to adult service members and their families as well as child and youth behavioral counselors who are specifically assigned to support military children and youth.
In order to become a counselor for the MFLC Program, counselors must demonstrate the following:
- at least a Master’s degree from an accredited graduate program in a mental health related field such as social work, psychology, marriage/family therapy, or counseling,
- a valid unrestricted counseling license or certification to practice independently in the United States, the District of Columbia or a US territory
- be able to complete a robust criminal history and FBI background check
- must be a US citizen
- may not be currently employed with the Federal Government
- as well as additional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
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