Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Military Family Life Consultant Program?
Because military families face unique challenges, especially during this time of war, the Department of Defense provides professional, licensed consultants who offer non-medical behavioral consultation to Service members and their families, children, and the staff of Kessler Elementary School.
Called Military Family Life Counselors or MFLCs (pronounced "em-flaks"), they serve each branch of the military service at every installation around the world, at no cost to families.
How do we know consultation will be confidential?
Our MFLCs supplement existing military and school programs; and as a DOD contract, maintain some independence to ensure strict confidentiality. For example,
- MFLCs do not record the names of those they see in counseling and other services. There is no written record.
- MFLCs do not report to Command.
- MFLCs provide counseling at times and locations you select for privacy and convenience (except in your home).
- The only exception to strict confidentiality is federal, state or military reporting requirements for domestic violence, child abuse and duty-to-warn situations.
What kind of issues does the MFLC help with?
Since military families experience many transitions and changes, a common issue is the challenge this can present for children. MFLCs provide short term counseling, psycho-education and consulting for specific issues, such as:
- School adjustment
- Deployment cycle adjustment
- Parent-child communication
- Conflict resolution
- Anger management
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Behavioral management techniques
- Parental and sibling relationship enhancement
- Stress management
How does counseling help...exactly what does the MFLC do?
MFLCs utilize various strategies and venues that are responsive and pertinent to issues that arise; for example, MFLCs:
- Conduct deployment and reintegration groups at the schools
- Coach effective behaviors and help put solution based plans into action
- Facilitate skills development groups for staff, parents and students
- Make referrals to military social services and community resources
- Observe and engage in activities with children, including field trips, school events and performances
- Are available to parents during the school day and at after school events
- Coach children on Bullying Prevention strategies and skills
The MFLC has some independence from the Army and the school to help protect our confidentiality...so how can I be sure it's okay for my child to see the MFLC?
There are strict quality controls for the MFLC Program.For example:
- MFLCs do not begin one-on-one or group counseling with a child unless a parent or guardian has signed a Parent Consent Form. Forms are available at the schools.
- MFLCs will never meet with a child without being in the line-of-sight of a school employee, a parent or guardian
- MFLCs adhere to a DOD precisely defined scope of service
- The DoD and MFLC Program Managers continuously monitor the MFLC Program and MFLCs' performance in relation to strict MFLC policies and procedures