Counseling Resources and Referral Services
The Department of State provides a number of resources and services to support employees and their family members while on overseas and domestic assignments. There are additional resources only available during an Unaccompanied Tour (UT), which are indicated below.
Community Liaison Office Coordinator (CLO)
- CLOs provide support to employees and families at post as well as specific support to families who remain at post during an Unaccompanied Tour. They can also help connect you to the Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist (RMO/P) for your post or to other available resources. Request contact information for your CLO at FLOAskCLO@state.gov.
Deployment Stress Management Program (DSMP)
- Managed by the Bureau of Medical Services, the DSMP offers prevention, intervention, assessment, treatment, counseling, education and referral services covering the spectrum of the pre-deployment cycle through after reintegration. DSMP can also help you increase your resilience or manage any concerns during deployment and reintegration. These services are available to employees and families who are experiencing the effects of being assigned to a high stress/high threat post.
- Contact: (703) 875-4828 or by email: MEDDSMP@state.gov
- WorkLife4You provides free 24/7 counseling, education, and referral services that help Department of State employees and family members find the programs, providers, information, and resources they need to manage personal and professional responsibilities. Counselors will help determine what services are needed and available, including adult care, in U.S. localities, and refer to appropriate providers.
- Overview of WorkLife4You and Emergency Backup Care
- Eligibility: Permanent employees of the Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, anyone serving on an FMA overseas, spouses, children, and others who are members of the employee's immediate household (eligibility is verified by providing the name and date of birth of the eligible employee). Other employees working for the Department of State are not covered at this time (contractors, Foreign Service Nationals, PITs, PSCs).
- Contact for Department of State: (866) 552-4748 / TTY: (800) 873-1322; worklife4you.com. For login information, contact FLO at FLOAskSupportServices@state.gov. Employees of other agencies should check with their headquarters for guidance on employee assistance programs.
Employee Consultation Services (ECS)
- ECS offers free, confidential counseling with professional clinical social workers to Department of State employees and family members. They can assist with job stress, marital and relationship problems, parent and child problems, single parent and blended family concerns, school adjustment problems, elderly parent concerns, separation, loss and grief, acute and chronic medical illness, depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems, financial concerns, life transitions, new career/retirement issues, and pre-post departure and reentry concerns
- Contact (703) 812-2257or email MEDECS@state.gov
USAID Staff Care
- USAID Staff Care ensures the wellbeing and work-life balance of USAID's total workforce (all hiring categories) and their dependents through a range of programs and services. USAID has partnered with Federal Occupational Health (FOH) to deliver a secure, confidential Staff Care website that provides a central location to access the Employee Assistance / Employee Resilience Program (EAP/ERP), Wellness, Work-Life, and Child Subsidy Programs. Services are available 24/7.
- Contact (toll free) 1 (877) 988-7243 or (919) 645-4960, Reverse Charge Calling: +44-0 (208) 987-6200
- The downloadable age-appropriate workbooks were designed by a Foreign Service Officer to help children understand separation.
Resources Specific to Unaccompanied Tours (UT)
- Mandatory High Stress Post OutBrief at FSI – three-hour outbrief, held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), for employees returning from challenging assignments and mandatory for all employees serving 90 days or more in Iraq and Afghanistan. Employees of other agencies are welcome to attend the MQ-950 course.
- After Deployment - a public website that offers wellness resources geared for the military community but which are relevant to any who are experiencing difficult challenges related to the Foreign Service.
- Zero To Three - a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.
Information provided by the Family Liaison Office
Contact the Family Liaison Office