School for Spiritual Counseling – Family Life
Mission: The School for Spiritual Counseling – Family Life provides educational and certification programs on behalf of the Army Chief of Chaplains and Graduate School. Programs provide qualified Chaplains to fill critical roles across the Army Chaplain Corps. The Family Life System, the major component of the School for Spiritual Counseling, provides industry recognized, world-class education leading to specialized certification in spiritual counseling and support RS professional development.
Courses of study offered:
Family Life Resident Advanced Civilian Schooling Course
The Family Life Resident Advanced Civilian Schooling Course is an 18-month course incorporating a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling with onsite counseling and supervision as well as philosophical/theological integration of course content. This includes a minimum of 48 semester hours (or 72 quarter hours) in Marriage and Family Therapy, and minimum of 300 supervised counseling hours. This course supports regulatory requirements to supply Family Life Chaplains (FLCs), clinically-trained advanced degree credentialed Family systems therapists and trainers, who provide training in counseling skills to all chaplains and provide full spectrum care, strengthening Army Soldiers and Family members enabling them to thrive and grow through all the experiences of military life. The course qualifies Chaplains with SI 7K after two years of utilization (and licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist [LMFT]). Reserve Component Chaplains complete Family Life Chaplain educational requirements through an accredited resident and/or non-resident academic program, and a two-week residential Family Life Chaplain Integration Course at one of the FLCTCs.
Army Family Life Student Fellowship Course
The Army Family Life Student Fellowship Course is a 24-month program that certifies Army FLCs as American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Supervisors, AOC 56D – Specialist in Spiritual Counseling Supervision. This fellowship is a two year course that meets all of the AAMFT Supervisor requirements as well as the regulatory requirements for licensure and supervision in the process of training Family Life Chaplains.
Pastoral Skills Training Intensive Course
The Pastoral Skills Training Intensive Course, formally known as FL Introduction Course, focuses on further equipping chaplains to provide pastoral care and pastoral counseling to the Army Community to develop healthy relationships and the ability to thrive under the pressures of military life. This training meets the 100 hour Pastoral Skills (PST) requirement for the Chaplain Professional Reinforcement Training (CPRT).
Register: FY22 PSTIC Application
Family Life Chaplain Integration Course
The Family Life Chaplain Integration Course focuses on chaplains developing supervisory skills for providing pastoral care and pastoral counseling training, and includes observation (with live cases), solution-focused supervision, theological integration, action-reflection learning process, group supervision, a review of pastoral skills topics, and other pastoral counseling concerns.
Register: FY22 Integration Course Application
Component sites (Family Life Chaplain Training Centers (FLCTC))
Fort Bragg, NC
Fort Hood, TX
Program Director: CH (COL) Darin Nielsen, Full Biography