Clinician's Corner Blog

A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.

  • Providers: Help Service Members Stay in Mental Health Treatment Across Settings With Free DoD Program January 16, 2018

    Did you know that every time you have an active-duty member who is moving, you can get assistance in finding them a mental health care provider at their new duty station?

    Did you know there is a formal program, staffed by credentialed providers who will ensure a smooth transition and provide call backs to encourage service members or new veterans to follow up with scheduled appointments?

    Did you know it’s free and easy?

  • Military Providers: Use a New Year's Resolution Checklist to Help Your Patients Ensure Long-term Success! January 8, 2018

    Have you heard that 80 percent of people do not follow through with their New Year’s resolutions? This popular statistic can be traced back to research by Norcross and colleagues who found that only 19 percent of people were able to maintain their resolutions over a two year period. It is no secret that habit change is challenging.

  • Critical Incident Response in the DoD: SPRINT Team January 2, 2018

    Military members take risks every day, even outside of the combat zone. Military training exercises and accidents in military environments can result in serious injury or even death. This is in addition to what the general population may be exposed to such as natural disasters, shootings in public places, etc. The military takes very seriously the need to take care of people when terrible things happen. One example of a disaster response model employed by the Department of Defense is the Navy’s SPRINT (Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team) Teams.

  • The Importance of Outreach to the Hispanic Military Community December 18, 2017

    Over the past 20 years, there has been a steady rise in the percentage of Hispanic/Latino/Spanish-Speaking (HLS) service members within the active-duty and reserve components of the U.S. military. Today approximately 12 percent of active-duty personnel identify as Hispanic, three times the number of Hispanic service members in 1980.

  • Hard Copies: The Value of Printed Educational Material for Service Members December 11, 2017

    Busy clinicians benefit from having well researched and professionally developed information readily available for clients and family members. Although many of our clients use the internet to search for information and prefer mobile apps over printed material, providers should not underestimate the usefulness of the traditional “hard copy” for educating clients and family members about mental health conditions, treatment options, coping strategies, medication compliance and where to find additional resources.

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The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.