School Counselor Program
The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) is currently funding a school counselor position in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to support the needs of military impacted students at Fort Belvoir. The AFF is seeking to expand the program and continue to support the personal, social, and academic needs of students whose parents are impacted by war related injuries. A main focus of this program is the identification of the needs and interventions appropriate to support students with a parent or family member impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Our current installation – Fort Belvoir:
- One of the largest elementary schools in the DC Metro area
- 98% military (all branches)
- 1,193 students
- Mobility rate of 35.18%
- Students are often isolated from extended family and military units (most get individually assigned)
- Many families are on a “compassionate assignment” for a child or spouse with debilitating illness or injury
- Address the needs of military connected students and their families with a focus on stress, trauma and issues related to PTSD.
- Provide support and counseling services to military connected students and their families.
- Develop support, prevention, and intervention strategies based on assessed needs of the school population for military connected students and their families.
- Monitor student progress in both academic and socio-emotional environments.
- Work with the school Liaison Officer, military-connected organizations and professionals, school counseling team and staff to improve the well being and academic performance of military impacted students.
- Attend professional development activities in order to build background knowledge and skills; conduct professional development activities and workshops for staff and community to help them understand the stress, trauma issues related to PTSD, its impact on families, as well as increase the understanding of the military lifestyle.
Questions about the School Counselor Program? Please call the AFF office at 202-547-4713.