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MFLCs offer services at Schriever

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Located in the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Child Development Center and Ellicott schools, Military and Family Life Counselors are ready to help service members and their families cope with stressors involved with military life. The services they offer extend much farther than the building doors.

Seeing a MFLC is private, confidential and free.

Counselors strive to give non-medical counseling which provides situational and solution-oriented assistance to Airmen, their families, couples and groups affiliated with the military. MFLCs create short-term solutions instead of building a longer-term relationship, as one would with a traditional counselor.  They also offer education and flexible services, such as being able to meet those seeking help outside of the office.  A MFLC can also be requested to give presentations or participate in activities at leadership's request.

Master Sgt. Tonya Jones, NCO-in charge of Readiness, said, "The MFLC has an office in the Airman and Family Readiness Center but is able to meet clients anywhere on or off base, with the exception of the client's home."

Counseling covers areas such as conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, deployment stress and more. Services are confidential with no records kept, and reaching out will be kept private except in cases of danger or abuse. The counselors rotate from the base every six months, further protecting confidentiality.

The program at Schriever has three specially certified counselors working closely with the A&FRC to adapt strategies specifically to Air Force members and families. Counselors are highly qualified, having attained either a Master's or Doctorate level license.

Karen Beaudoin, A&FRC Director, said, "Military training prepares our service members to defend our country. Working with your MFLC will prepare you to strengthen your family and protect your relationships."

Military affiliated community members and children can seek specialized help by either visiting the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Child Development Center or anonymously calling the A&FRC for the counselor's phone number. 

Beaudoin assured that, "[there are] no records, no files, and no 'pre-authorization," involved with MFLC services.

For more information, contact the A&FRC at 567-3920.
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