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Family Support Programs


New Parent Support Home Visitation Program
The New Parent Support Home Visitation Program (NPSHVP) was developed to assist military families in ways that friends and family do when you’re back home. This program offers expectant parents, parents of newborns, and parents of young children through the age of 3 the opportunity to learn new skills as parents and to improve old ones in the privacy of your own home. At various times, different groups are offered such as Play Group, Infant Massage and Welcome to Pregnancy.

NPSHVP can help you:

--  Cope with stress
--  Manage the additional physical and emotional demands of parenting due to separation and deployment of the service member
--  Nurture children to promote growth and development
--  Answer questions about everyday challenges of parenthood
--  Locate local services and resources that help parents with young children

For More Information Contact the NPSHVP at:

New Parent Support Home Visitation Program
Fleet and Family Support Center
Building 26
Naval Station Great Lakes
847/688-3603 x100


Fleet and Family Life Skills Classes

Life Skills Educator
(847) 688-3603, x100

For a current schedule of life skills classes call (847)688-3603 Ext 100 

Anger Impulse Control
This class helps examine the sources of anger and its triggers, and explores ways to bring about behavior changes. Participants will learn new skills to address their concerns.

Active Parenting
Active Parenting is a basic parenting class that will help improve, validate or change parenting behaviors. You will also learn how to develop courage, responsibility, and character in your children. Teaching is through discussion, video and the experiences of the participants. Skills needed for children ages 5 through adolescence are included.

Stress Management
More effective management of how we respond to life’s daily and unexpected stresses requires skill building. Identify the signs, symptoms, and sources of your stress and develop a personal plan and skills for managing these responses.

Communication Skills
Communication is a basic life skill, as important as the skills by which you make your way through school or earn a living. Being able to appropriately express our wants and needs to others is a learned skill that opens the door to positive changes to our lives.

Building Healthy Relationships
Many people believe once they enter into a relationship it is like being given the keys to a beautiful house but in reality they are given the keys to a construction site and a tool box. The purpose of this training is to provide tools to enhance healthy relationships and educate military personnel and their families about how to successfully nurture intimate relationships by habitually meeting the relational needs and expectations of their partner.

Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce
Crossroads of Parenting and Divorce helps divorcing parents learn how to prevent divorce abuse-a specific type of emotional abuse that they may cause when they lose sight of their child’s needs due to their own anger and bitterness. This seminar will help parents become more aware of how their actions may cause harm to their children, show how to establish positive post-divorce co-parenting relationships, and provide the skills they need to stay child-focused while minimizing poor choices amidst conflict and loss. The class will be held on 4 February from 1100-1500, on the second floor, Building 26. Contact the Fleet and Family Support Center, (847) 688-3603, extension 100 to register.


Family Advocacy Division

Parent Seminar
Maybe you grew up in a home where there was a lot of fighting; maybe you live in one now. Did you know that the effects of domestic violence on children can last a lifetime, whether they are witnesses or victims? You can learn more about how violence affects children now and into their adult life at the FFSC's Parents Seminar.

General Counseling
Licensed clinical social workers and counselors provide comprehensive counseling services from the initial assessment through treatment completion.

The counseling services are designed to be solution-focused, brief treatment, which means each client is seen for about 10 sessions. If circumstances are such, that additional treatment is required, an extension for service can be obtained by the clinician from the clinical supervisor. The clinical services provided can be individual, couple, family or group therapy. The services are provided for active duty and their dependents. Treatment of minor dependents is for ages 6-18.

Specialized counseling is available for issues such as transition, domestic/family violence, sexual assault, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), transition/deployment, couple’s relationships and parent/child relationships.

Clinicians are also specially trained and available to provide Combat Operational Stress-First Aid (COSFA) intervention to any individual or group of people affected by a traumatic incident.


Personal Financial Planning

Command Financial Specialist:
Graduates of the CFS course become their command's liaison in Letters of Indebtedness cases, and they provide financial counseling to command members. CFS is a collateral duty position that requires 40 hours of financial education, provided by the CFS class. Candidates should be E-6 or above and financially stable. Call 688-3603 ext. 208 to request a quota. Click here for the CFS quota request form.

Personal Financial Counseling:
One-on-one, confidential personal financial counseling is available by appointment. Maybe you're paying your bills but just can't manage to start saving any money; maybe your bills are bigger than your paycheck, or maybe you just want to learn how to save more. In any case, a financial review is the first step to financial freedom and success. Call 688-3603 ext. 208 to make an appointment.


Transition and Relocation:

Transition Assistance Program(TAP) / Transition GPS
Service members and spouses who will be leaving the military are encouraged to attend a Transition GPS class within six to twelve months before separation or retirement. This five-day seminar covers topics such as benefits, job search preparation, resume writing, and interview techniques. Contact your Command Career Counselor to receive your pre-separation briefing, and receive assistance in completing the DD Form 2648 (Pre-separation Checklist), and complete a registration form to obtain a quota to attend the next available Transition GPS class. Click here for more information.

Relocation Benefits and Tips:
Whether you are preparing for your first military move or are a veteran of many, you will learn something from this class. Get an update on entitlements, allowances, and procedures that allow you to make your next move smoother, cheaper and with less hassle. Call 847-688-3603 ext. 128 for scheduling information or click hereto sign up by e-mail. Be sure to include your name, duty station or status (retired, reserve, family member, DoD civilian) and a daytime phone number. More information

RELO Outreach Centers:
The FSC has three satellite Relocation Outreach Centers with loads of information for transferring sailors and their families. You can view SITES booklets that contain extensive general information about climate, housing, childcare, and other services and attractions in the geographic area of your transfer.
There are also area and base maps, ships' welcome aboard package information, home port video tapes, access to the Internet to review Navy web sites, and detailed road maps with directions if you plan to drive to your next command. You may also use telephones in the Centers to call your next duty station. Contact a relocation specialist at one of the sites below and make your next transfer the best one of your career.
Bldg. 617, Room 108, 847-688-2069, EXT. 200
Bldg. 236, Room 165, 847-688-7300, EXT. 149
Bldg. 26, Room 233, 847-688-3603 ext. 201

Career Options and Navy Skills Evaluation Program (CONSEP):
CONSEP is the newest tool in the Sailor’s toolbox to help them navigate their own career development. This training course provides the Sailor with a review of the process that includes the entire Navy Career life cycle. There are two CONSEP classes to choose from. The First Term Accelerator Workshop targets Sailors who have been in the Navy from 1 to 5 years. The Mid-Career Workshop focuses on Sailors in the 6 to 10 year bracket of their military career. Topics discussed include Personal Planning, Financial Management, Navy Career Options, and civilian career options. Sailors interested in shoring up their future should contact their Command Career Counselor or Command Master Chief for information on how to enroll in this valuable program.

Comments from previous Naval Station Great Lakes CONSEP classes:

"I came back to work and recommended it to all of my peers, and thanked my chief for making me go." DT2 Daniell'e Devero.

"The class gave me a good understanding of long term financial planning, and I learned a lot about retirement benefits and entitlements. I realized that the Navy does do a very good job of taking care of the service members…" FC1 (SW) Shawn Lynn

"The best class I ever attended." MA1 William Gallagher


Employment Readiness

Career Planning
If you're a military spouse and think you may ever change jobs or return to the workforce, FFSC's Employment Readiness Classes are for you.

There are a variety of programs designed to empower job seekers by making them aware of their choices, providing a plan to achieve goals and exploring employment options in today's job market.
For more information, call 688-3603 ext. 129 or 127.

Resume Writing 101
New to the area, looking to enter the workplace, or advance in your career? Start your job search with an effective resume to sell your knowledge, skills and abilities to a prospective employer. Avoid the frustration and learn how to market yourself better, get pointed in the right direction, and empower your job search and interview techniques. Contact our Front Desk Staff at 847-688-3603 ext. 100 to make reservations for the next class. All classes are held in the Fleet & Family Support Center, Building 26.

The Federal Job Application - Ten Steps to a federal job
“Ten Steps to a federal job” is the process for navigating the federal job system and successfully applying for federal employment. All “Ten Steps” classes are three-hours in duration and serve as an introduction or update to the federal employment process. Topics presented cover basic resume writing and formatting, the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (“KSA’s”), and the electronic application process. The class is available to all active duty service members, eligible family members, retirees, returning reservists and guardsman, and veterans who have been honorably discharged form military service. Contact our Front Desk Staff at 847-688-3603 ext. 100 to make reservations for the next class. All classes are held in the Fleet & Family Support Center, Building 26.

For a current schedule of career and employment workshops contact (847)688-3603 ext 100


Exceptional Family Member Program- EFMP

Great Lakes FFSC EFMP: 847-688-3603, ext. 100

Toll Free: 1-888-231-0714

DSN: 792-3603, Ext. 100

The Navy's Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) serves military families with special needs. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program for sponsors with qualifying family members. Enrollment in the EFMP ensures maximum provision of services to the family throughout the sponsor’s career.

The EFMP includes identification of the family member's special needs and enrollment in the program, assignment coordination and family support. The Program assists Sailors during the assignment process by addressing the special needs of their exceptional family members (EFM) and ensuring they are assigned to areas where they can access necessary resources.

Special needs include special medical, dental, mental health, developmental or educational requirements, the requirement for adaptive equipment assistive technology devices and services and/or wheelchair accessibility. 

If an EFMP need is identified, the sponsor should begin the enrollment process at the NFAAS website. (Use the EFM tab on the top of the home page.) The Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) application provides electronic EFMP enrollment and enrollment update capability, allows the service member to track the status of enrollment and provides a means to record and maintain EFM information, referrals and individualized service plans. A Family Member’s User Guide is available under the help tab.

Links for EFMP Forms Needed For Enrollment:

DD Form 2792 (PDF), Exceptional Family Member Medical and Educational Summary

 DD Form 2792-1 (PDF), Exceptional Family Member Special Education / Early Intervention Summary are used for enrollment.

EFMP Liaisons located at Fleet and Family Support Centers:  Provide information, referral and system navigation to special needs families.  Link families with available military, national and local community resources.  Provide non-medical case management.  Develop and maintain Individual Service Plans (ISP).  Partner with the MTF Coordinators to provide information, education and marketing.   If you are eligible for Permanent Change of Station (PCS) transfer in the next twelve months, begin to update now to avoid unnecessary delays.  EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need.  There are six Navy EFMP enrollment categories:

Category I - for monitoring purposes only

Category II - pinpoint to specific geographic locations

Category III - no overseas assignments

Category IV - major medical areas in CONUS

Category V - homesteading

Category VI - temporary enrollment - update required in 6-12 months

Contact the  FFSC Great Lakes EFMP:   847-688-3603, ext. 100


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