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.
Understanding Combat and Operational Stress Reactions
Understanding Combat and Operational Stress ReactionsJune 24, 2019
Combat and military operations are inherently stressful. Service members train hard to prepare mentally and physically for deployment, but they cannot completely avoid the stressors associated with serving. Be it lack of sleep, physical stress, exposure to extreme environmental conditions, or bearing witness to potentially traumatic events, service members will face a wide array of combat and operational stressors. As one might expect, these experiences can be very impactful, resulting in a broad spectrum of reactions.
What Do You Really Know About Military Behavioral Health Technicians?
What Do You Really Know About Military Behavioral Health Technicians?June 10, 2019
In previous blogs, we’ve briefly reviewed the role of military behavioral health technicians (BHTs), also known as psych techs, behavioral health specialists, or mental health service technicians. But what do you, or I, or any provider really know about them? Are they just the person who mans the front desk in the behavioral health clinic? Maybe they also schedule and check-in your patients, take their vital signs, and give them screening measures to complete before a provider appointment? Are they the ones who miraculously keep forms and waiting room brochures stocked in your clinic?
Behavioral Health Technicians: The Unsung Heroes of Training Programs
Behavioral Health Technicians: The Unsung Heroes of Training ProgramsMay 28, 2019
A previous Clinician’s Corner blog referred to behavioral health technicians (BHTs) as the “unsung heroes of military mental health care teams.” There’s another area in which these unsung heroes often play a critical role, and that’s in their support of internship and post-doctoral psychology training programs.
Call inTransition With Your Patients: It’s Worth It Nine Times Over
Call inTransition With Your Patients: It’s Worth It Nine Times OverMay 6, 2019
You know the service member. They had a difficult childhood… an unstable home life… maybe a parent who was largely absent. They deployed three times and the second one was especially traumatic. They’ve been through some difficulty, but shown incredible strength and determination in the face of life’s many challenges. They’ve done such good work in therapy. Their symptoms have improved. The nightmares are mostly gone. They can tolerate going to the mall or a concert. But their marriage hasn’t recovered from the years of emotional numbing.
Navigating Psychological Health Resources in the Military
Navigating Psychological Health Resources in the MilitaryMay 1, 2019 One of the great things about serving in the military is that there are literally resources for just about everything at absolutely no financial cost. One of the not so great things about military resources, especially in the realm of psychological health, is that there are so many programs, that it can be difficult to navigate them.
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.