Your Partnership as a Counselor with the V&B Family

The Mission of Vine & Branch Family Counselor/ Provider Partnership Initiative is to support Counselors through participation in our Best Practice Group Incentive Program by providing:
  • Access to the latest training and certifications designed to help Veterans and Families at no cost.
  • Billing hour amounts that exceed current payments made by insurance companies.
  • Ultimately total break with reliance on insurance company panels is possible.
  • An expanded referral base as the Vine & Branch network of affiliated Counseling and related practices grows Remaining apprised of the latest ideas necessary to keep your practice fresh and relevant.
  • Personal and professional relationships that will naturally develop as you work with a Best Practice Group in your area.
  • Potential tax reduction opportunities through relationship with V&B Ranch (NFP)
    Note: V&B Ranch is under development. Please see our 5 year Campaign Plan for V&B Ranch (NFP).
  • Opportunity for Veterans and their Family Members to network and learn more about your agency prior to relocation.


Current Reality:
  • Financial barriers to entry and maintenance costs are high legal paperwork and ever-changing regulations are burdensome.
  • Most likely, you struggle to associate with insurance panels or feel weighed down by their demanding and constantly changing requirements.
  • You would prefer to practice without the need to rely on insurance companies at all.
  • Affordable and functional office space is difficult find.
  • Staffing your practice with the best employees is a challenge.
  • Building and maintaining a name and referral base is a challenge.
  • Advertisement dollars are rarely available.
  • Keeping a practice fresh with new ideas and certifications takes time away from patients/clients.
  • You have a strong desire to help Veterans and their Family Members but have a hard time relating to them culturally.

The Vision of the Vine & Branch Counselor / Provider Partnership is to reinforce shared goals of Helping Veterans and their Families while providing Counselors with the tools and funding to do so.

How will partnering with the Vine & Branch Family benefit your practice financially?
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5 Session Structure:

Vine & Branch provides a five session Counseling Structure at no cost that’s designed for Veterans and their immediate family members. The topics and session order can be modified in a way to best suit the clients. If you are interested in working along side the Vine & Branch Family, please contact us to receive a copy of the Counselor Agreement.

  • Initial Interview / Interest Testing Focus:
    • The first session is foundational in nature and is used to build early trust and establish initial goals. Career interest and personality inventory testing also occurs during this session.
    • As Counselors (to include other disciplines), we know that your inventory and test preferences are different for a laundry list of reasons. Vine & Branch does not dictate the type of personality and career testing used while working with Veterans and their Family Members. The Vine & Branch Family cares about results.
    • Video from President and CEO Chris Allen Coming Soon.
  • Test Interpretation Focus:
    • Help Veterans and their Family Members unpack test results. Refine their goals in light of new information and insights. If you have little experience with Military Culture, this session can provide you with much needed foundational credibility!
  • Family Focus:
    • Vine and Branch recommends this session be conducted once the Veteran and Family Members identify a desired geographical location for a potential career opportunity. Most moves, especially moves to another geographical location, change family dynamics, needs, and considerations. The goal of this session is to get “everything on the table.” Family members are encouraged to attend.
    • Video from President and CEO Chris Allen Coming Soon.
  • Individual Focus:
    • In this session, you will help clients consolidate new insights from career testing, career testing interpretation, and family input. You will also help clients during this session by assisting them with analyzing their Military Board Files and existing résumé.. Don’t know what a Military Board File is? Don’t worry! Vine & Branch will help you.
    • Your client should receive their Business Cultural Fit Analysis Questionnaire to take home during this session. The businesses Vine & Branch Represents have completed their own Cultural Fit Analysis. Vine & Branch’s Business Cultural Fit Questionnaire will allow you as part of the Vine & Branch Family to help Veterans and their Family Members pursue the best opportunities.
  • Business Culture Focus:
    • It is recommended that this session occur prior to starting the interview process. You will have the opportunity to talk about Vine & Branch’s Cultural Fit Questionnaire and potential employers that might best fit your client. This is also an opportunity to practice interview skills with the client.
  • Video Interview with Founder and CEO Chris Allen coming soon




Puppy Mill Approach

Puppy Mill ApproachMost “headhunting” agencies utilize what we like to call the “puppy mill approach” to finding talented Veterans for the companies they represent. These agencies will typically review and assist an individual with résumé preparation and conduct one or two assessment phone calls. These “puppy mills” will then schedule some hiring conferences at large hotels, where nervous job seekers conduct a few interviews with companies they may or may not know much about. Furthermore, companies are all too often making important hiring decisions derived simply from résumés and references. As a Counselor, you can help Vine & Branch break this cycle that often leaves Veterans and their Families needing more.



Jobless Rate

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Veterans serving post 9/11 is 10 percent for 2014, while the unemployment rate for our nation is currently at 6.6 percent. Some companies don’t want to hire Veterans because training takes time. Some companies even discourage the hiring of Veterans because they have unfounded concerns regarding emotional stability or physical impairment. Companies often have concerns that it simply takes too long to incorporate a Veteran into the organization. Family turbulence, hopelessness, debt, and a loss of the American dream results when a family cannot find meaningful employment.




Location changes that accompany job changes are understandably major stressors for Veterans and their Family Members.There are moving and housing considerations, school considerations, and even pet considerations! There are new Churches to find and friends to make. Extended Family is often left behind. Moves can be twice as complicated for dual-income households. As a Counselor, you are able to help people wade through these important decisions.




Without the connections of friends and family, the transition to a new career might feel daunting. Customs in a new area of the country or world might be radically different and can dissuade a family from taking advantage of a great opportunity. Relationships built at Church, school, and work are often uprooted when the breadwinner chooses a new career path.

A lack of deep and meaningful connections often results in higher divorce, mental illness, and suicide rates. As Counseling Professionals, you have unique skill sets that can speak into the lives of Veterans & Family Members.



Résumé Building

Résumé building is stressful for almost everyone. Translating military terminology into civilian terminology is often mentally difficult, time consuming, and always requires another “set of eyes.” Often, a Counselor can provide insight into a Veteran or family member’s strengths and weaknesses so that a résumé is both honest and accurate. Success means that the Veteran is confident in the résumé. . As a Counselor, you can help a person in describe who they are!



Interpersonal Skill Set Matching

Intelligent and talented Veterans and their family members will fail at a job if they do not have the interpersonal skills required for a given work environment.

Often, specific job descriptions and tasks associated with a job or career choice do not match with the underlying cultural expectations. This results in a poor match of employee and employer. There is inevitable loss in productivity and money. Mental health suffers as a result.

Vine & Branch works with Partnered Employers to understand their underlying values and needs. As a Partnered Counselor, Vine & Branch provides you with a company’s background information such as: communication style, focus, leadership, creativity, discipline, innovation, and values. We package this information in a way that will help you assist a Veteran or family member in their employment search.



Fear of Transition

Military Families are used to moving often and are accustomed to switching schools, making new friends quickly, and lots and lots of boxes. In fact, 1/3 of Active Duty Military Families move within a given year.

Transitioning from the Military to the “Civilian World” is a different and more complex animal. Chances are you have helped clients navigate the complexities of both career or geographical moves. Veterans, Military Families, and the Vine & Branch Family need your help and expertise to grow and serve.  



Career Satisfaction

There are countless articles, studies, programs, and diagrams devoted to unlocking the enigma that is “career satisfaction.” There are even arguments that attempt to define the difference between what a “career” is in contrast to what a “job” is. Vine & Branch considers jobs as part of career fields. The confusion grows with some of the following questions: What do I want to do with my life? Do I even know what I want? What do I enjoy? Will I be happy? Will my family be happy? Will I make a difference? Do I even know what questions to ask? These questions and others like them cause great anxiety personally and within the family. As a Counseling Professional, you can help Veterans and their Families find the answers. We need you!




Interviewing and preparing for an interview is challenging for many reasons. Many Veterans haven't had the experience of being interviewed by a civilian employer. They might struggle during interviews with conveying their past experiences, overcoming cultural misunderstandings, negotiating salary or simply what to wear. As a Counselor, you have the opportunity to assist in the process.



Income and Benefits

Income and “benefits” mean more than money, insurance coverage, and 401K quality to most people;. Hard figures regarding income and benefits are easy to find. However, great benefits on paper do not always translate to both career and family success. As Counselors, you can assist Veterans and their family members discover what they “really” want and need in a new career path.




The Wikipedia definition of business networking is “a socioeconomic business activity by which groups of like-minded businesspeople recognize, create, or act upon business opportunities.” Notice the words “businesspeople” and “like-minded.”

Veterans and their family members come from a subculture unaccustomed to the business world..” Veterans are trained to accomplish missions rather than maintain profit margins. Although some of your clients will not have a problem with networking others will find it difficult. As a Counselor, your experience is invaluable to Veterans and their family members, especially as you help them see their inevitable “blind spots.”

You will expand your own networking opportunities and income potential as a partner of the Vine and Branch Family. Working with a Best Practice Group or beginning one of your own will definitely further your own network and potential client base.



What Networking is for

Many Veterans,, mistakenly believe that networking is primarily used for finding a job. Many Veterans entering the civilian workforce think that their military rank will automatically translate into civilian job opportunities . This thinking often inhibits networking.

Additionally, many Veterans believe that networking ends once they find employment.. Most people, including Veterans, begin to actively network when, and only when, they believe that a job transition is around the corner. When efforts at networking fail, Veterans can become stressed at the very least or suicidal at the very worst.

As a Counselor, you will have the opportunity to help many Veterans and their Family Members overcome networking Pitfalls.

Video Interview with Founder and CEO Chris Allen coming soon.



What networking is really about

Wikipedia used the term “socioeconomic” in its definition of business networking. Socio = Social. Networking certainly involves making new connections and maintaining contact with old ones, but networking is also a lifelong process that is essential for survival. Successful networking establishes new friendships, strengthens the family, and helps everyone involved in the process of looking for a job or new career. Great networking minimizes apprehension about career moves by revealing potential opportunities for change. Great networking also builds solid relationships between potential employers and career seekers. There’s a saying that’s been around for years: “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Vine & Branch Best Practice Groups will prepare Veterans and their family members for both the “who” and the “what.”



Résumé Conversion

No clear standard exists for résumé conversion, yet anyone leaving the military definitely sees the need for it! Converting a military résumé into a civilian résumé causes considerable stress for Veterans and their Family Members. There are online services that offer it, but it can feel bewildering.



Problems with Résumé conversion

Résumé conversion for Veterans and their family members is often difficult. No clear standard exists for writing résumé. For Veterans, military terms and military job descriptions do not readily translate into civilian terminology. For military family members, many of whom volunteer extensively within their communities, translating their efforts into a successful résumé is challenging. There are online services for conversion, but it can still feel bewildering and a source of stress for a Veteran. Over a twenty year period a Veteran or family member might gain experience in at least 4 different career fields.

In some cases, a person’s self worth is actually challenged in the résumé creation process. As a Counselor, you can help our clients overcome their fears by helping them see the “bigger picture”.

Please click here to play our Military Terminology Decipher Game

Video Interview with Founder and CEO Chris Allen coming soon