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.
Coping in the Aftermath of Community Violence: Self-care Strategies
Coping in the Aftermath of Community Violence: Self-care StrategiesApril 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.
Treating Service Members Reporting Sexual Assault 101: A Primer for Providers
Treating Service Members Reporting Sexual Assault 101: A Primer for ProvidersApril 2, 2018
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office has created a campaign “Protecting our People Protects our Mission” for April 2018. The awareness campaign is one of several efforts to increase awareness of sexual assault, build a culture that will not tolerate sexual harassment or assault, and work to eliminate sexual assault in the military.
Primary Care Behavioral Health: Integrated Care Improves Health Outcomes for Service Members
Primary Care Behavioral Health: Integrated Care Improves Health Outcomes for Service MembersMarch 26, 2018
According to the American Hospital Association, one in four Americans experience a behavioral health illness or substance use disorder each year, and the majority of those individuals also suffer from a comorbid physical health condition.
Words Matter: The Effect of Stigma and Labeling on Mental Health Care in the Military
Words Matter: The Effect of Stigma and Labeling on Mental Health Care in the MilitaryMarch 19, 2018
There is a well-known discrepancy between the number of service members with sub-clinical mental health symptoms and those who actually seek care. Research estimates that more than half of service members exhibiting clinically significant mental health symptoms do not seek mental health care.
Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: The Hazards of Compassion in Military Mental Health
Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: The Hazards of Compassion in Military Mental HealthMarch 12, 2018
Are you feeling disconnected from those you care about? Wondering who is trustworthy? Or just feeling unsafe? Any of these symptoms could be indicative of vicarious traumatization (VT), which may be easily confused with compassion fatigue or professional burnout. Some clinicians who work with traumatized populations (including those with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or depression) may experience VT, and this may be particularly true for clinicians working with military members.
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.