Military Family Life Counselors Resource

School Liaison Officer, NS Mayport

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Sharon Kasica
(904) 270-6289 X1305
SLO NS Mayport

School Liaison Officer, NAS Jax

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(904) 778-2236

Through collaboration with The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, Duval County Public Schools, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC’s) have been provided to 14 Duval County Public Schools. The counselors’ services are designed to offer extra support to assist with the unique challenges which military families’ experience.

The primary focus of the Military & Family Life Counseling Program is prevention, education, and counseling support. The services are provided confidentially and no case records or documentation is kept. The consultants 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. While meeting with children, MFLC’s always remain in line of sight of a teacher, staff member, or a parent.

The consultants 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: individual meetings with children, presentations about life skills issues, skill-building group discussions, and meetings with parents and families at the family’s request for additional counseling/coaching support.

Some of the common issues that MFLCs help with include the following:

  • stress management and coping skills
  • anger management/conflict resolution
  • deployment and reintegration issues
  • feelings associated with separation and divorce
  • grief and loss reactions
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • communication skills
  • leadership skills

MFLC’s have been assigned to work in the following schools,

Alimacani ES Fletcher HS New Berlin ES San Mateo ES
Chimney Lakes ES Jax Beach ES Neptune Beach ES Sheffield ES
Enterprise ES John Stockton ES Oceanway EM Venetia ES
Finegan ES Mayport ES Oceanway MS
First Coast HS Mayport MS Sabal Palm ES

The school program model is designed to provide an informal context in which children can access a behavioral consultant in a non-threatening and supportive environment. MFLCs circulate throughout the school facility making themselves available in classrooms, libraries, staff lounges, athletic events and other areas as identified. By virtue of these efforts to become integrated into the day to day fabric of the school, the consultant becomes the friendly face on the playground, the compassionate listener in the lunchroom, and an objective resource to teachers and staff alike.

All military families will be given the opportunity to consent for their children to participate in this free service or to opt-out. For more information about MFLC services, contact your school to request the direct number for the MFLC on campus.  Or you can contact the School Liaison Officer for either base using the information at the top of the page.

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