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.

  • Alleviating Panic Symptoms When Wearing Protective Equipment: Lessons from the Military Frontlines April 17, 2020

    Among the iconic images from the heroic response to the coronavirus pandemic are the faces of medical professionals bruised by personal protective equipment during long hospital shifts. As anyone in the military who has done field training exercises in MOPP4 gear knows, this equipment can be extremely uncomfortable. In some cases, breathing through personal protective equipment can lead to panic attacks and other claustrophobic symptoms.

  • 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.

  • Safe Helpline Resources available to DoD Sexual Assault Stakeholders and Clinicians April 13, 2020

    The Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) enacts policies and creates programs to provide high-quality services and support to members of the DoD community who have been sexually assaulted. The policy governing the provision of advocacy services in the DoD is DoD Instruction 6495.02. The policy and programs are intended to strengthen resiliency of sexual assault survivors and instill confidence and trust in the reporting process.

  • 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.

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