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.
Plan to Attend the 2021 VA/DoD Women’s Mental Health Virtual Mini-Residency
Plan to Attend the 2021 VA/DoD Women’s Mental Health Virtual Mini-ResidencyJune 11, 2021
It’s time to mark your calendars for the 2021 VA/DoD Women’s Mental Health Virtual Mini-Residency which will take place virtually Sep. 21-23, 2021. This exciting training event is an opportunity for mental health providers working within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) to refresh their clinical skills and knowledge in serving women veterans and service members and their families.
Mental Health Treatment Considerations for LGBTQ Service Members
Mental Health Treatment Considerations for LGBTQ Service MembersJune 2, 2021
In addition to marking D-Day, the Army Birthday and PTSD Awareness Month, June is also nationally recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month and is a time of celebration for members of these communities. Pride Month honors the Stonewall uprising that began on June 28, 1969, when the Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay club and now National Historic Landmark, was raided by the police.
Practice-Based Implementation Network Launches New Pilot: Optimizing Utilization of Behavioral Health Technicians in the Military Health System
Practice-Based Implementation Network Launches New Pilot: Optimizing Utilization of Behavioral Health Technicians in the Military Health SystemMay 6, 2021
Research findings indicate that behavioral health technicians (BHTs) may be underutilized in Military Health System (MHS) behavioral health clinics, often occupying primarily administrative roles. However, BHTs are uniquely positioned to serve as behavioral health care extenders and operational support by virtue of their specialized training and status as peers to fellow enlisted service members. Some BHTs may not be integrated into the key clinic functions for which they are qualified because of a lack of understanding among clinic leaders of their skills and training.
DoD Resources for Providers Treating Service Members Disclosing Sexual Harassment
DoD Resources for Providers Treating Service Members Disclosing Sexual HarassmentApril 19, 2021
What should I do if my patient tells me they are experiencing sexual harassment?
This is a frequent question among military mental health providers. In fact, PHCoE regularly receives requests for more information and resources focused on sexual harassment.
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual HarassmentApril 5, 2021
Each April, Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) is an important time to renew our commitment to supporting survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Service members from all backgrounds have experienced sexual trauma, including all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races or ethnicities, and branches of service. Sexual trauma can affect physical and mental health, even years later, and many survivors try to “go it alone” or struggle in silence.
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.