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Chaplain Family Explaination
Background. The Chief of Chaplains established the U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training and Resource Centers (FLCTRC) to prepare future family life chaplains for world-wide assignment as installation family ministry trainers to the installation ministry teams. Family Life Chaplains are equipped to conduct pastoral counseling and co-counseling with other chaplains, train pastoral counseling skills, and provide pastoral counseling oversight and supervision to others in consultation. They prepare and implement installation level family and marriage enrichment ministry programs and equip and train other chaplains to duplicate these ministries in their units.
Our Mission. The FLCTRC at Fort Hood trains 6-12 chaplains annually in an intensive 15 month academic program with a supervised clinical counseling internship, and theological integration through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP) CPE process to equip and train Family Life Ministry / Pastoral Counseling skills to the Army / Force Chaplaincy.
Academics. In cooperation with University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, the students complete a Masters of Arts in Psychology and Counseling with Specialties in Marriage and Family Counseling. The curriculum is an accredited counseling program that meets Texas Licensure requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists. It is also designed to meet the requirements of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).
Internship. Throughout the training cycle, Family Life Chaplain interns join with Army and Air Force Chaplains in a supervised clinical counseling internship to expand their theoretical knowledge and experience. Special emphasis is placed on developing co-counseling skills to prepare them to work with lesser skilled chaplains when they serve their Family Life Ministry utilization tour. Civilian interns are recruited from local universities to expand these skills, broaden the ethnic and gender diversity of the training internship program. Students participate in weekly individual / group supervision and teaching practicum resulting in four units of Clinical Pastoral Education.
Theological Integration. The U.S. Army Family Life Chaplain Training Resource Center is an accredited AAPC training center providing theological integration. The director of the center is an AAPC Fellow, AAMFT approved supervisor, CPSP Diplomate CPE supervisor, and holds license(s) as a LMFT and LPC by the state of Illinois.