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.

  • Updated VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Suicide Released August 13, 2019

    The Department of Defense (DOD) today released the 2019 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Assessment and Management of Patients at Risk for Suicide. This clinical practice guideline (CPG) is the result of a thorough review of recently published evidence for suicide interventions by a multidisciplinary panel of experts. The CPG’s recommendations are intended for dissemination among and implementation by providers who care for military service members and veterans. 

  • Putting the Rucksack Down: One Military Psychologist’s Story of Vicarious Trauma and Resilience August 12, 2019

    “This is where it happens” was the first thought that flashed through my mind. What followed were several other thoughts about someone coming up from behind, bashing my head into the tile of the shower I was standing in, assaulting me, and the actions needed to defend myself. I have never experienced assault. The content of the thoughts were from a client I had treated about two years earlier. That client had supported a soldier in the immediate aftermath of a brutal assault.

  • inTransition Provides Connections to Care and the Resources to Get There August 5, 2019

    As a military clinician, you probably know that inTransition provides confidential, free, one-on-one coaching for your patients who need support accessing mental health care during relocation or when they’re returning from deployment, transitioning from active duty to reserve, or reserve to active duty, or preparing to leave military service. You also probably know that inTransition is available for active-duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, U.S. Public Health Service officers, veterans, and retirees.

  • inTransition: Helping Service Members Connect to Confidential VA Mental Health Counseling for Sexual Trauma July 22, 2019

    Did you know that service members, including members of the National Guard and reserves on active duty, can access confidential sexual assault-related counseling services through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers without a referral from Tricare or a military treatment facility?

  • 2017 DoD Suicide Event Report: Key Findings about Suicidal Behaviors among Service Members July 17, 2019

    The Department of Defense (DoD) today released its annual report on the occurrence of suicide in the military for calendar year 2017. The 2017 DoD Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) Annual Report contains official suicide death counts and rates for the U.S. military, identified suicide attempts, and adjusted rates of suicide, which allow for comparisons between military components (active duty, reserves, National Guard) and the U.S. adult population.

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