The Department of Defense and Groton Public Schools is excited to introduce a new resource to our schools this year, a Child & Youth Behavioral Counselor from the Military & Family Life Counseling Program (CYB-MFLC). This program provides a counselor in our schools who will be available to provide valuable services and support to military families at no additional cost to the families or the school district.

    The CYB-MFLC services are designed to offer extra support to assist with the unique challenges that military families experience. CYB-MFLC counselors are licensed clinicians who have demonstrated expertise in working with children. They can provide short-term, non-medical counseling support in a variety of different ways: through individual meetings with children, presentations about life skills issues, skill-building group discussions, and meetings with parents and families at their request for additional counseling/coaching support. While meeting with children, CYB-MFLC counselors always remain in the line of sight of a teacher, staff member or a parent.

    The primary focus of the Military & Family Counseling Program is prevention, education and counseling support; the services are provided confidentially and no case records or documentation is kept. The counselors do not assess or diagnose and when they encounter more in depth issues/diagnoses, they offer to connect military families with other helping agencies available on the installation or in the community.

    Some of the common issues that CYB MFLCs help with are:

    ·         Stress management and coping skills

    ·         Grief and loss reactions

    ·         Anger management/conflict resolution

    ·         Self-esteem and confidence

    ·         Deployment and reintegration issues

    ·         Communication skills

    ·         Feelings associated with separation and  divorce

    ·         Leadership skills