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.
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.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Service Members: Reproductive Health and Services
Supporting LGBTQ+ Service Members: Reproductive Health and ServicesMarch 24, 2021
With the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in 2011 and the marriage equality Supreme Court decision in 2015, same-sex couples and LGBTQ families in the military can now openly access services to become pregnant. Accessing specialty services in the military can be a challenge, particularly at remote locations or when primary care physicians are not knowledgeable about the process.
Social Workers are Essential
Social Workers are EssentialMarch 9, 2021
It's March, which means it is time to celebrate! For many the month of March is reserved for St. Patrick's Day, Mardi Gras, and the spring equinox, but it's also Social Worker Appreciation Month, and that's cause for celebration.
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.