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.

  • Helping Your Patients Understand the Types of Military Mental Health Providers May 7, 2018

    The good news for service members seeking mental health care in the Military Health System is there are many options for care. But it can be difficult to understand the many types of mental health care providers and the kinds of services they offer. Here is a list of common types of providers found in military treatment facilities. Providers can use this overview with service member and veteran patients, particularly new patients, to help them find the right provider for their specific needs.

    Clinical Providers

    Psychologist

  • Delivering Trauma-informed Care in the Military Health System April 30, 2018

    Unless you’ve been deployed or too busy with patients to read the latest literature, you’ve likely noticed increased use of the terms “trauma-informed” and “trauma-sensitive” in psychological health articles, training seminars, and clinical practice guidelines. I recently even read about trauma-informed yoga and trauma-informed parenting. So what does it mean to be trauma-informed and why is it important to how we deliver care to service members?

  • 5 New Psych Health Evidence Briefs are Now Live! April 23, 2018

    Psych Health Evidence Briefs give psychological health care providers an easy way to familiarize themselves with the available scientific evidence and clinical guidance for treatments for mental health conditions commonly experienced by service members. The briefs are also useful as handouts when service members and veterans are considering their options for treatment.

  • Treating Males who Disclose Sexual Assault: A Primer for Providers April 16, 2018

    During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we take the opportunity to speak openly about Defense Department efforts to prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment, as well as clinical treatment for service members who’ve experienced sexual assault. This includes a commitment to preventing and treating male sexual assault. This blog will provide information on prevalence rates, challenge some common misperceptions, and provide links to evidence-based practice for treating men who’ve been sexually assaulted.

    Prevalence of male sexual assault

  • Coping in the Aftermath of Community Violence: Self-care Strategies April 9, 2018

    Following the recent shooting that took the lives of three dedicated mental health employees at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, military communities throughout the country may be struggling to understand how and why such a tragedy could have transpired at a counseling center for veterans.  Watching the event play out on the news and hearing about it repeatedly may have produced anxiety, raised fears, and even challenged individuals’ assumptions about their communities and the safety of their workplaces.

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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.