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.
“We had a unit that deployed tonight. Lots of tears, lots of anticipation, lots of high emotion in the air. I spent the day as a compassionate presence… walking through groups of eager soldiers, sharing a laugh, wishing them Godspeed and thanking them for their service; smiling through tears with wives and girlfriends, handing out tissue and wiping smears of mascara off swollen eyes; hunkering down to children and offering a tiny distraction while their fathers loaded their armor and weapons. Had a quiet meal w/ a single soldier who had no one to send him off. Then, back out into the cold, waiting for the buses to arrive. It’s an amazing thing, really, to be a part of something so ancient that it speaks to the primal part of the soul. Since time immemorial have men departed for battle. There’s a pride I took in the nobility of the action, a deep-seated connection to women sending their warrior into harm’s way.”*
* A Military Family Life Counselor describes her experience working with military families about to deploy.
And here’s just one example of how Service Members and their families value the support provided through our counselors:
One of our MFLCs had an appointment scheduled one afternoon for a Soldier and his pregnant wife. When the MFLC office continued to get warmer and warmer due to a broken air conditioning unit, the MFLC contacted the Soldier to inform him of the situation and to express concern the room may be especially uncomfortable for his wife. The MFLC offered to reschedule for the following morning. The Soldier in turn contacted his wife and then immediately called MFLC back to say they would be keeping their appointment as scheduled. When they arrived he said, “Ma’am, it could be as hot as the surface of the sun in here and we still wouldn’t miss an appointment; that’s how much coming here helps us.”
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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