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.
Managing the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Resources Make a Difference
Managing the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Resources Make a DifferenceAugust 31, 2017 (Updated: October 4, 2017)
In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, service members and their families living in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have been impacted and may be displaced from their homes. Access to emergency response resources can make a critical difference for those impacted by the hurricanes and providers should encourage service members, veterans and military families to leverage all available resources.
General Hurricane Assistance and Information
Six Tips for Medical Providers to Combat Stigma
Six Tips for Medical Providers to Combat StigmaAugust 28, 2017
Are you aware that knowledge of your patient’s mental health status may influence the type or quality of care you provide?
In its 2014 report titled Mental Health Stigma in the Military, RAND Corporation addressed interrelated forms of stigma that could prevent service members from seeking mental health treatment:
Introduction of the Behavioral Health Technician Work Group
Introduction of the Behavioral Health Technician Work GroupAugust 21, 2017
The Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) is pleased to announce the formation of the Behavioral Health Technician (BHT) Work Group (BHTWG). Chartered as a sub-workgroup to the Military Health System (MHS) Mental Health Work Group (MHWG), this collaborative, expert-led group will enable the MHS to gauge how BHTs are currently being used throughout the system, and more importantly, develop and implement actionable recommendations to improve the quality of care for our service members.
Exercise to Improve Mental Health
Exercise to Improve Mental HealthAugust 14, 2017
“If exercise could be purchased in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.” -- Robert H. Butler
The date is July 18, 2014. I’m competing at the U.S.A. Powerlifting National Competition in Denver. I made my first squat attempt of 451 pounds and my second attempt of 484 pounds. I’m now about to attempt my third and final squat of the day at 501 pounds. This is two and a half times my body weight. As I approach the weight, the voices in my head try to talk me out of it:
PBI Network Presents: Integrating Mobile Apps into Care
PBI Network Presents: Integrating Mobile Apps into CareAugust 7, 2017
There is promising evidence that technology can support the use of evidence-based behavioral health treatments, as well as serve as a link to improve patient engagement and adherence to treatment. Yet clinicians have limited guidance on how to effectively and safely implement these resources, especially mobile applications (apps). The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) conducted a recent survey to better understand some of the barriers military providers encounter when incorporating technology for psychological health.
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.