Counselors can help Soldiers, Families
|The Military and Family Life Consultant (MFLC) Program
provides short-term, situational, problem-solving counseling services to
military servicemembers and their Families. At Fort McCoy, MFLC services
are available through the Army Community Service (ACS) Center.
“The Military and Family Life Consultant Program was started in response
to the growing need for short term stress/crisis management for Soldiers
and Families,” said Becky Wapp Sawyer, ACS director.
MFLCs serve all branches of the military including Guard and Reserve
The ongoing war on terrorism and the subsequent increase of deployments
has heightened the stress placed on military Families, Sawyer said. They
struggle with issues such as single-parenting resulting from deployment,
childcare, financial stability, fluctuating Family income and frequent
relocations. That is why the Department of Defense established the
Fort McCoy is supported by one full-time and one part-time MFLC.
Although their office is located in the ACS Center, building 2111, a
great deal of their time is spent out and among Soldiers just asking how
things are going.
The MFLC also provides education to help servicemembers and their
Families understand the impact of stress, deployments, Family reunions
following deployments and the stresses of military life. MFLC services
augment existing military support services and may be provided on or off
military installations. Services are provided to individuals, couples,
Families and groups.
MFLCs rotate from installation-to-installation, never spending more than
90 days at a time in one location. A Children’s Support Program also is
available to address military impact on children.
MFLCs are mandated to report child abuse, domestic abuse and
duty-to-warn situations, Sawyer said.
MFLCs have master’s degrees or doctorate-level clinical licenses to
provide non-medical problem identification and counseling services and
address relationships, stress management, grief after loss, occupational
and other individual and Family issues, and provide crisis intervention
Topics that MFLCs can address include anger management, communication,
relationship issues, productivity at work, conflict resolution,
parenting, decision-making skills, coping skills, relocation adjustment,
homesickness, separation, building resiliency and reintegration from
warrior life to civilian life.
“MFLCs are caring professionals who quietly make a difference in lives
of individuals,” Sawyer said. “They are safe to vent to as there is no
record kept of the conversation. We all can benefit from a safe person
to vent to now and then.”
Information is available by contacting ACS at 608-388-3505 or e-mail at