Things happen in life and we can all use some help from time to time. We’re here to assist individuals, couples and families with issues that range from basic parenting to sexual assault. Community counseling, treatment services, prevention programs, groups and classes are provided at no cost to you and your family. Licensed social workers, counselor and other professionals are here to help you. Unit Briefs are also provided on a regular basis to promote awareness of these issues.
The BeThere Peer Assistance Line is the only dedicated, confidential, Department of Defense (DoD) peer support call and outreach center available to all all DoD Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve Service members and their families (including non-DEERs registered family members). The program is staffed by peer coaches who are Veteran Service members, spouses of prior Service members, as well as National Guard/Reserve Service members. Communications between peer counselors and Service members are confidential and the Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through chat, email, phone and text.
The Peer Assistance Line offers peer-to-peer support services, which include the following issues:
- Emotional support for those overseas, or for those who need support in dealing with stressors related to deployments or combat.
- Problem solving strategies for every day stressors such as career, relationships, and financial problems.
- Resources and referrals for a wide array of issues such as medical needs, Victim Advocate support, higher education, transition/retirement plans, and Family Advocacy assistance.
- Works with callers in crisis to stabilize the situation, and then make the most appropriate referral for suitable treatment.
Service members who have contacted the DoD BeThere Peer Support. Call and Outreach Center will receive follow up communications from peer counselors to ensure appropriate services were provided.
Community Counseling Program
The Community Counseling Program (CCP) is professionally staffed with licensed providers (LMFT, LPC, LCSW) experienced with individual, couple and family therapy. Counseling services at the CCP are FREE of charge and available to all active duty personnel, National Guard/Reserve components, family members and retirees.
The CCP assists clients and families with managing a wide array of concerns such as:
- Relationship Problems
- Work/life balance
- General Stress
- EAS/PCS and Issues Related to Transition
- Anxiety/Depression/ Associated Symptoms
- Emotion Regulation
- Deployment Cycle Stressors
- Child/adolescent Behavioral and Emotional Disturbance
- Crisis Intervention
You can call 466-3264 to set up an appointment, or you can walk in to Marine and Family Programs, building 232, between the hours of 7:30am and 4:30pm. If after hours appointment times are more suitable for your schedule, then we will accommodate you with our extended hours, offered until 7:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
- Forms and Intake:
If you are interested in services at the CCP, please review the Behavioral Health Client Brochure and complete the Intake Packet. Remember to bring the completed Intake forms with you for your first visit. We will thoroughly review all the documents with you to answer any questions or concerns before proceeding with the intake process. If you are not able to complete the forms prior to your first visit, the forms will be provided to you by our administrative staff upon arrival. The Behavioral Health administrative office is located on the second deck of building 232 and this is where you will “check in”. Administrative staff will contact a counselor to meet with you and complete the intake process.
New Parent Support Program (NPSP)
Being a parent is a tough job. The New Parent Support Programs offers support and education for expectant parents and parents of children under age 6, regardless of whether this is the couple’s first child. NPSP offers personal home visits and the following classes: The Birth Experience, Belly Basics, Baby Boot Camp and Infant Massage classes.
Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR)
Sexual Assault is a crime. Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, non-consensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts.If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault please contact your Victim Advocate 24/7 Response Line: 252.665.4713. Please visit SAPR for further information.
The Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works to prevent abuse by offering programs to put a stop to domestic abuse before it starts. When abuse does occur, the FAP works to ensure the safety of victims and helps military families overcome the effects of violence and change destructive behavior patterns. FAP staff members are trained to respond to incidents of abuse and neglect, support victims, and offer prevention and treatment.
Victim Advocacy Program
The FAP takes action to protect victims from further abuse and help them heal. Victim advocates support victims by providing the following services: provides reporting options to a victim of domestic abuse, provides confidentiality with a restrictive reporting option, help finding shelter and other support, help getting a Military Protective Order (MPO), helping prepare a safety plan, intervention with civilian agencies on behalf of the victim, etc.
Substance Abuse Counseling Center
The Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC) serves active duty Marines, active duty Sailors assigned to Marine units, and family members over 18. An individual can self-refer to the center, which is encouraged, or a referral can be command directed. The SACC staff perform screenings and assessments which take biological, psychological, social, and spiritual issues into account to determine whether an individual meets or does not meet criteria for a substance related disorder. If there is evidence of drug or alcohol abuse or dependency, the individual is recommended for treatment using criteria set forth by the “American Society of Addiction Medicine.
- Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist
- Combat Operational Stress Control
- Drug Demand Reduction
- The FOCUS Project – Families Over Coming Under Stress
- Military & Family Life Consultants Program
- Suicide Prevention
Groups & Classes
|Stress & Anger|
|Anger Management in the 21st Century||Identify skills used to control anger, utilizing a variety of techniques. Participants must complete orientation prior to beginning of class.||2 Hours per week for 8 weeks. Call 466-4587 to Register.|
|Wings of Strength||Support group for victims of domestic violence focusing on communication, power and control, trauma, and healthy relationships.||Every Thursday 0900-1100. Call 466-6975/5307 to register.|
|Caring for Kids||
Impact of family conflict on children of all ages. Strategies to help children impacted by family conflict. Create a healthy family home.
|Once a month, call 466-3264 to register|
|Parent & Family|
|Child in the Middle II||Skills to avoid putting children in the middle of conflicts. The effects of divorce on children by gender and age.||Once a month, call 466-3264 to register|
|The Birth Experience||
Anatomy and physiology of labor and birth. Relaxation techniques and comfort measures. Interventions, birth plans, and care for newborns.
|Call 252-466-3651 to register.|
|Belly Basics||Nutrition, weight gain, pregnancy discomforts, and fetal growth month by month. Meet other expecting Moms.||1 day, every other month from 8:30am-noon. Call 252-466-3651 to register.|
|Baby Boot Camp||
Hands on experience for Moms and Dads expecting or have a new arrival. Birth to 1 year.
|Call 252-466-3651 to register.|
Gives parents skills to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers, and to build stronger family relationships. Manage misbehavior and prevent problems. Provide simple and practical strategies parents can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs.
|Call 252-466-3264 to register|
Benefits for baby: relaxation, enhances immune system, neurological development. Participants are parents with infants 3-6 months.
Infant Massage is offered in Home and/or Office Visits. Call 466-3651 to register.
|Within My Reach||Relationship skills and decision making that helps individuals achieve their goals in relationships, family and marriage.||Last Thursday and Friday of the month 466-3204/6972 to register|
|Conflict Resolution for Couples||Communication skills, cycle of violence, apologies, emotional needs, safety, and respect.||Conducted Quarterly|
|Incident Determination Committee (IDC)||Required class for all IDC voting participants. Class will cover procedures and policy associated with IDC to include Marine Corps order, victimology, Clinical Case Staff Management (CCSM), Child and Spouse Abuse (CASA) data base, military rules of evidence, Child Protective Services (CPS) at the Department of Social Services (DSS), and certifications.||3rd Friday of each month 0800-1530 466-6264 to register|
|IDC Refresher Course||Annual required refresher class for IDC participation.||Online through eLearning on MCCS website or upon request on the day the initial IDC training is conducted.|
|Prime for Life||This course is provided to all Service members and military family members, 18 years of age or older, that have been screened by the Substance Abuse Counseling Center (SACC) for Alcohol Related Incidents (ARIs). Individuals can also make a self- referral for their alcohol consumption concerns.||16 hour course, conducted over two days, once per month. Call 252-466-7568 to register.|
|PRIME for Life 4.5||PRIME for Life 4.5 is an evidence-based prevention course available to all units, upon request. The course is a risk reduction program, which focuses on reducing the risk of problems related to alcohol use. The course can be utilized with an entire unit or with a selected population, such Marines of a certain rank, age group, or other identifier. The 4.5 hour course works best with a maximum group size of fifty Marines. Several courses can be offered to break down larger groups.||4.5 hour course. Call 252-466-8413 for scheduling or additional information.|
|Alcohol Awareness Training||Alcohol Awareness Training can be conducted based on individual unit needs. Alcohol awareness training, at a minimum, will cover Marine Corps Policy regarding alcohol, alcohol basics, risks associated with alcohol misuse/abuse, discussion of recreational activities, early warning signs of alcohol abuse, and the role of prevention.||For more information call 252-466-8413|
Leaders, learn about the Marine Intercept Program (MIP) and how it can assist you in providing rapid response and intervention strategies when faced with suicide or suspected suicide-related incidents. The Community Counseling Program (CCP) can be your primary asset for successfully working with an at-risk Marine.
The Commanding Officer’s Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Annual Refresher eLearning Course makes it easy for Commanding Officers to complete their required annual review of the Family Advocacy Program. Commanding Officers can quickly explore information related to the FAP, annually, to include the Commanding Officer’s responsibility to respond to domestic violence, as well as provide treatment to Service members and their families affected by child abuse and domestic violence.
Our counseling and prevention program promotes awareness and prevention of family violence, as well as other issues, by providing briefs to units. Briefs can also be specialized, based on the command’s availability, requested topics, or preferred training method (with or without PP). Our prevention specialist will provide briefs to groups ranging is size from 5 to over 1000 participants. Please call 466-3264 for further information or to schedule a brief for your unit.
Sexual Assault Awareness – This class provides in depth information regarding sexual assault and bystander intervention. The class focuses on the definitions of sexual assault and consent paired with prevention and intervention strategies. Some statistics are offered within the training but the main focus is on prevention and intervention. The “if you see something, do something approach”.
Child Abuse – This class provides the Marine Corps definitions of child abuse and neglect identification, reporting and prevention. Information on discipline and on policies specific to Cherry Point, are provided. Identification and reporting of abuse is explained, as well as a discussion of inappropriate discipline. Resources for further information and assistance are provided.
Spouse Abuse – This class examines physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse in relationships. Power and control in relationships is discussed, as well as indicators in abusive relationships. Resources for further information and assistance are provided.
Stress Management – This class examines the causes and impact of stress. Emphasis is placed on the serious health problems that present with chronic stress. The class provides specific examples of how to manage stress in a healthier manner and how to eliminate negative coping techniques.
Marine and Family Programs and Resources – This short class describes in detail the many programs and services available through M&FP, such as family counseling, financial counseling and relocation assistance.
Substance Abuse Counseling – The Substance Abuse Counseling Center provides both out-patient and intensive out-patient treatment. Treatment includes case management (to include referrals to inpatient care if needed), counseling, treatment planning and aftercare/continuing care. Treatment is abstinent based, uses an individualized continuum of care approach and is coupled with emphasis on personal responsibility and twelve-Step Self-Help Programs. Treatment is offered to military personnel, retirees and military family members 18 years of age and older. All treatment services are based on the individuals’ needs and have a variable length of stay.
R.A.C.E: Suicide Prevention Training Class – R.A.C.E Training is used to supplement the Suicide Prevention Officer Training. The real goal of suicide prevention is to get through to individuals thinking about suicide, before an attempt is ever made. Empowering the public and bystanders to take action when someone’s in distress and knowing what to do in the situation, is the goal of the Recognize, Act, Care and Escort Program. Students learn how to recognize the signs of the problem and how to fix it. Gaining a better understanding of the problem and learning what tools and resources are available, can help save lives. This free workshop is open to all military members and their family members, as well as DOD employess. Please call 252-466-3204 to register.
Incident Determination Committee Training – The purpose of the IDC is to decide which referrals for suspected child abuse or unrestricted domestic abuse meet the DOD criteria for abuse, in accordance with MCO 1754.11 (Subj: Marine Corps Advocacy and General Counseling Program), which would require entry into the FAP Central Registry.
The Behavioral Health Branch of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is offering one day Incident Determination Committee (IDC) training. The training is targeted to all Unit/Squadron Commanding Officers, Family Advocacy Officers (FAO’s), Sergeants Major, as well as those who will serve as the Alternate FAO (IDC Representatives for the unit/squadron). The Alternate FAOs are required to be equivalent in rank to the Executive Officer (XO) or Primary FAO (the primary FAO shall be no less than one rank below that of the Commanding Officer).
The Family Advocacy Program Manager (FAPM) shall ensure all IDC members and alternate members, including non-core IDC members, are trained on IDC procedures and DOD definitions of child abuse and domestic abuse, prior to voting at an IDC, as well as annually.
Call 466-3204 or 466-3264 to register for these classes.
Domestic Violence Awareness – Recommended for Service members with anger problems that impact their relationships and may have brought about court involvement or other serious consequences. The program encourages participants to take responsibility for their actions and focuses on confronting denial and blaming behavior.