Renewing, faith, hope, and intentionality to support stable, happy, and thriving families
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" ~James 1:27
"You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror." ~Psalms 10:17 - 18
What is the My Life Counsel FAMILY program?
My Life Counsel (MLC), a 501c3 organization, answers God's call to serve our community’s forgotten, broken, widows, orphans, abandoned, and those in crisis through My Life Counsel FAMILY program. Families in crisis, who were previously financially unable, can now receive immediate free professional faith-based face-to-face family counseling, parent/child educational training, and family group therapy.
My Life Counsel FAMILY is a program to support foster, kinship, adoption, trauma experience, and in-crisis families within the Marion County community. This program is developed by My Life Counsel (MLC) to prevent and stabilize mental/behavioral related issues as it relates to foster, adoption, kinship families, as well as at-risk children and teens. Counselors use the tools from proven researched method strategies such as Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI), Making Sense of Your Worth, and the Arno Profile System/Temperament to create customized, effective parenting/caregiving plans for each family.
The Aim of MLC FAMILY
Every child is a blessing! The My Life Counsel FAMILY program aims to equip parents with positive parenting strategies to support families. This goal is accomplished through counseling, education, and training. As children grow, family dynamics shift, causing unique circumstances and challenges. Our experienced counselors come alongside families in their time of need. Through family counseling, families will be provided with assessments that explain their individual needs for strategic parenting. Parents will be equipped with their child's specific need for love and affection, communication, motivation, decision-making, and much more. The primary goal is to equip parents with positive parenting strategies designed to support families in crisis.
Families Eligible For the Family Life Counsel Program
Foster families are any family members participating in the foster care system. Qualifying foster parents, children, and/or siblings may receive any of the free family counseling, education, or training services offered by My Life Counsel.
Kinship & Relative Care Families
Kinship families are family members who are guardians of a relative's child. Qualifying kinship guardians (grandparents, aunts, and uncles) and the children and/or siblings who are in their care may receive any of the free family counseling, education, or training services offered by My Life Counsel.
Adopted families are comprised of any family members who have adopted children. Qualifying adopted parents, children, and/or siblings may receive any of the free family counseling, education, or training services offered by My Life Counsel.
Widowed and Abandoned Families
Abandoned families are any family members who have lost, through death or any abandonment, one or both of their parents. Qualifying widowed or abandoned spouse, parent, child, and/or siblings may receive any of the free family counseling, education, or training services offered by My Life Counsel.
In Crisis and Trauma Experienced Families
In crisis and trauma experienced, families are comprised of any family members in a crisis or have experienced trauma. We understand that unforeseen difficult life circumstances (spousal separation, divorce, death, suicide, income loss, bullying, and so much more) can occur suddenly. Qualifying families may receive any of the free family counseling, education, or training services offered by My Life Counsel.
Therapy and Interventions
The My Life Counsel FAMILY program utilizes a curriculum from Evidenced-Based Practices (EBPs). Among other benefits, these EBPs have been proven to strengthen the overall health and well-being within the family dynamics of these families in crisis. This strategy will strengthen the marriage and sibling relationship strained by traumatized children.
Temperament Therapy is derived from the “Theory of Temperament,” which states that God places within every person the emotional characteristics necessary to accomplish His plan and purpose for their life. Research indicates that Temperament Therapy is more than ninety percent (93%) successful when administered by a “Certified Temperament Counselor” trained in this technique. Temperament allows for specific strategies and coping skills for each family member. read more
Trust-Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI) is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention. This attachment-rich intervention is designed to meet the unique needs of children who have experienced trauma. Connection is the heart of TBRI. When children feel safe and know they have a voice, their survival behaviors: including lying, stealing, and anger outbursts, are diminished. When TBRI is applied, caregivers spend less time stressfully putting out fires and more time joyfully engaging their children. As a result, these children desperately needed a sense of self-worth to begin to discover their value. While TBRI was designed for vulnerable children, parents often find this to be the best parenting philosophy for all children. Based on years of research by Dr. Karyn Purvis, Dr. David Cross, and their colleagues at Texas Christian University.
Making Sense of Your Past (Worth) curriculum was developed by Cindy R. Lee, LCSW, and is utilized at HALO Project International. It resulted from several pilot groups consisting of survivors of domestic violence and other groups of foster and adoptive parents. There were significant changes in the self-worth scores of the participants, and the women could learn and embrace new parenting strategies upon completion of this program.
Counseling, Education, and Training
The Family Life Counsel program strengthens the overall health and well-being within the family dynamics of families of foster, adopted, kinship, trauma, and at-risk children and teens. This strategy will strengthen the marriage and sibling relationship strained by traumatized children. Classes are designed to educate families on Trauma-Informed Care and give them a sense of community. Group counseling lets families know they are not alone in their conflicts. Family Life Counsel has three primary goals in reaching the children in crisis communities.
Here is a brief description of these programs.
A certified MLC counselor will teach weekly parenting classes in an approved facility.
Free family counseling for families within this group. Counseling provided by a certified MLC counselor will take place in an approved facility. Through individual family counseling, families will be provided with assessments that explain their individual needs for strategic parenting. Parents will be equipped with their child's specific need for affection, communication, and motivation.
Facilitate training for nonprofit organizations and Faith-based organizations that work with parents, children, and teens. Training will be provided by a certified MLC counselor and will take place at the organization’s facility or at an approved facility. Trained and certified MLC counselors will effectively impact families of children and teens affected by trauma or at risk due to socioeconomic status, etc.
Here is how to enroll your family in the program
My Life Counsel makes enrolling in the Family program simple. Please read over the "Families Eligible For the Family Life Counsel Program." If you or your family members meet any of the requirements, or if you have special circumstances that fit, then just give us a call and ask. All you have to do is contact us and let us know that you would like to apply for the program. You can contact us by calling or texting (352) 209-3513. If you prefer, you can email by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations, Sponsors, and Supporters
Marion County Hospital District
My Life Counsel FAMILY received a significant blessing from Marion County Hospital District (MCHD) in the form of a grant that will serve over 125 families, or approximately 625 people (2021 - 2022). This fully funded program guarantees free face-to-face therapy and parenting classes (unlimited weekly access) for crisis and trauma-experienced families.