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.

  • Living Joyous and Free – Sobriety and the Pandemic February 22, 2021

    New Year’s celebrations, limited as they were this year by the pandemic, have passed and we have returned to our daily responsibilities. For those in recovery, the daily celebration of life continues.

  • Earn CEs and Learn about Effectiveness of Mental Health Interventions in New Home Studies February 3, 2021

    The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) has prepared four continuing education (CE) activities for providers who like to keep up to date on the evidence regarding mental health interventions. Each CE self-study provides a brief summary of systematic reviews conducted by the RAND Corporation.

    Researchers sift through hundreds or more studies to conduct systematic reviews of evidence. These reviews can be useful tools for busy clinicians or policymakers interested in quick, yet comprehensive summaries of the evidence.

  • Clinical Support Tools: Invaluable Resources for a Provider’s Toolbox January 29, 2021

    It’s a Friday afternoon before the start of a long weekend, and you’re the only mental health provider in the clinic when Sgt. Oscar walks in, accompanied by his first sergeant. You learn that Sgt. Oscar reported late for duty in a disheveled state and was visibly distraught. His behavior was reportedly out of character and prompted his supervisor to speak with him and contact the first sergeant. Sgt. Oscar was in crisis and agreed to walk in to the behavioral health clinic with his first sergeant for support. During Sgt. Oscar’s triage, he disclosed that he was having thoughts of suicide.

  • Family Violence: Considerations Amid the Pandemic January 25, 2021

    Reports of family violence have increased worldwide since quarantine measures began in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This should come as no surprise to clinicians as we know that factors like economic insecurity, social isolation, reduced options for support, exposure to exploitative relationships, and disaster-related instability are associated with this type of violence.

  • Confidentiality, Chaplains, and the Military January 20, 2021

    For some service members, concern about the confidentiality of their discussions with their mental health providers is a barrier to care. They may worry that a provider will share their information with command, which could impact their career. The military does provide some protection of information that is shared with a mental health provider.

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