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.
Biomarkers: The Future of PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring?
Biomarkers: The Future of PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring?July 10, 2017
When I tell people my background is in physiological psychology they respond with enthusiastic curiosity. Rats, brain lesions, fear conditioning – “so interesting.” But their eyes glaze over as soon as I start in on neural circuitry and the inhibitory influence of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex on the amygdala. I get it. It sounds like a foreign language or you find it extremely boring. Or maybe it sounds irrelevant to psychological health. After all, what does understanding physiology have to do with helping people who suffer with mental health disorders?
Updated PTSD Guidelines and Recommendations Released: Learn About the Changes
Updated PTSD Guidelines and Recommendations Released: Learn About the ChangesJuly 6, 2017
On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) released an updated version of the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). The new version incorporates research conducted since the last revision in 2010 and covers treatment for both PTSD and ASD. There are several new recommendations, so both seasoned and new mental health practitioners should take time to review it.
Moral Injury: A Mechanism of Harm
Moral Injury: A Mechanism of HarmJune 26, 2017
A little over 10 years ago, Maj. Gen. George Flynn, then commanding general of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, and I were on Capitol Hill waiting to brief congressional staffers when he asked me a deceptively tough question. “If I cross the street and almost get hit by a car but I jump out of the way in time, could I get posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just from that experience?” Flynn asked.
Put Out the Welcome Mat: Tips to Provide Culturally-Sensitive Care to Transgender Service Members
Put Out the Welcome Mat: Tips to Provide Culturally-Sensitive Care to Transgender Service MembersJune 19, 2017
A 2015 civilian survey of transgender individuals conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that during the past year, 33 percent of transgender individuals who saw a health care provider had a negative experience related to being transgender. Hopefully you’re reading this blog to learn more about providing culturally-sensitive care as you move towards cultural competence.
The Transgender Narrative: Defining a Unique Path
The Transgender Narrative: Defining a Unique PathJune 12, 2017
The first blog in the LGBT Pride Month series reviewed current DoD policy. This blog will focus on increasing your familiarity with the transgender narrative. As you begin clinical practice with this population, particularly assessment of gender dysphoria, an understanding of the transgender narrative will inform your work. You may want to start by reading this helpful introduction to key transgender terms.
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.