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.

  • Stay Home, Stay Engaged: Adapting Safety Plans to a Socially Distanced Society April 16, 2020

    In my previous blog entitled Going Virtual - Can High Quality Safety Planning be Conducted Remotely, we discussed the steps to putting together a robust safety plan for patients at risk of suicide, whether the process is happening face-to-face or via telehealth. Here we’ll discuss how to identify and modify the positive coping strategies that will be listed on those safety plans.

  • Going Virtual: Conducting High Quality Suicide Safety Planning Remotely April 15, 2020

    In response to the current COVID-19 public health crisis, many clinicians are suspending face-to-face care and moving to remote care, via phone or videoconferencing. This can be a big departure from how many clinicians are accustomed to delivering care. It may feel particularly daunting to virtually treat a patient who’s experiencing thoughts of suicide or has been determined to be at an elevated risk for suicide. However, when the elements of a good safety plan are closely examined, I argue there’s nothing that would prevent them from being completed remotely.

  • inTransition Teams Up with the Veterans Crisis Line to Support Service Members in Crisis April 9, 2020

    In response to an increased volume of calls to the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), inTransition is partnering with the VCL to coordinate certain types of care for active duty service members.

  • Five Ways to Cope with COVID-19, Brought to You by the U.S. Military April 3, 2020

    There are a lot of parallels between military service and the conditions many Americans are experiencing during the coronavirus crisis.

    Think about this. The norm of military service, deployments, and remote and overseas duty stations include:

  • Addressing Emotional Responses to Threat of Coronavirus March 19, 2020

    While in graduate school, I was involved with some interesting research that examined students’ reactions to media coverage on the potential threat of a disease pandemic such as coronavirus. The study showed several interesting findings, including high rates of worry that family members would contract the disease or that treatment might not be available.


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