Veterans Day 2023
Military Family Resources
Escambia County Public Schools (ECPS) proudly supports military students and families. We offer resources for transition planning, academic planning, and exceptional student education services. Please visit the Escambia County Public Schools Military Families page here (www.escambiaschools.org/military) for resources and information.
Jim C. Bailey Middle School is able to offer military students and family support through the Military and Family Life Counseling Program.
What is a Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC)?
MFLCs help military families through cycles of deployment and reintegration by providing non-medical, short-term counseling. Through a partnership between Escambia School District, Jim C. Bailey Middle School and the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, a counselor will be assigned to Jim C. Bailey Middle School during the school year.
How are counselors selected?
Counselors are selected for their demonstrated expertise and training and are under the management of the office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. Counselors hold a master’s degree or a Ph.D., are licensed in their home states and have experience working with children and youth. Counselors go through rigorous background checks before being placed in schools.
Why are the counselors in certain schools and not others?
Schools were selected to receive MFLCs based on their percentage of military connected students.
What is the counselor’s role in the school?
Counselors will provide care that augments the support services already in place at each school. Counselors take part in everyday school activities and events and help with deployment and reintegration; family dynamics; positive coping mechanisms; staff support and education; parent education and stress reduction. Counselors are also available to facilitate groups and trainings to build leadership skills; manage anger; build self-esteem and confidence and strengthen communication.
Do counselors keep records about students and families?
No. Services provided by counselors are private and confidential with the exception of mandatory federal and military reporting requirements (i.e., child abuse, domestic violence and other life-threatening situations). No counseling records are maintained.
*For more information about the Child and Youth Behavioral Military & Family Life Counselors (CYB-MFLC) School Program, contact the Guidance Department at Jim C. Bailey Middle School, 492-6136 ext. 401030.
Military and Family Life
Counseling Program (MFLC)