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.

  • New Tools for Primary Care Providers: First-line Treatment of Alcohol Misuse Drinking glasses on a bar February 21, 2017

    It’s another Monday morning at the clinic. As you turn in the black swivel chair to welcome your first patient of the day, you catch a faint whiff of alcohol. You start by asking what brought him in and go through the standard questions about his health. When you get to the alcohol questions, he responds that he usually has “a couple of drinks on the weekend but nothing major.” You look to see that your technician asked about consumption and the patient’s response was about two times a month. So the information is not lining up.

  • How Often do People Lose Security Clearances Because of Mental Health Reasons? February 6, 2017

    Psychologists and psychiatrists working in military treatment facilities are often asked to do security clearance evaluations, sometimes referred to as DoDCAFs (Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility). These evaluations can best be conceptualized as forensic or operational in nature, in that the intent of the evaluation is ultimately a question of national security and there is no traditional doctor/patient relationship assumed by either party.

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