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.
Mobile Apps in Military Mental Health Care
Mobile Apps in Military Mental Health CareMarch 27, 2017
A tremendous number of mobile apps have launched that target treatment of mental health disorders. As a clinical psychologist and trained cognitive behavioral therapist, I often find myself wondering which apps could actually help patients and which apps aren’t worth the time and effort to incorporate into practice.
Psych Health Evidence Briefs: Providers’ One-Stop-Shop for Treatment Information
Psych Health Evidence Briefs: Providers’ One-Stop-Shop for Treatment InformationMarch 21, 2017
Have you had patients ask about new sensational treatments that have been highlighted in the media or that they heard about from friends? How many of your patients have questioned the effectiveness of their current treatment? Are you interested in being better able to educate your patients about treatment options?
Intro to Data: Using Big Data in the Military Health System
Intro to Data: Using Big Data in the Military Health SystemMarch 6, 2017
In recent years, the term “big data” has become a popular buzzword, sometimes thrown around to make projects seem more modern and exciting. But what does it really mean?
New Tools for Primary Care Providers: First-line Treatment of Alcohol Misuse
New Tools for Primary Care Providers: First-line Treatment of Alcohol MisuseFebruary 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?
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.
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.