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.

  • Planning for the Worst: A Commander’s Guide to Suicide Postvention September 9, 2019

    When a military suicide or suicide attempt occurs, it clearly has a significant negative impact on those closely associated with the service member. But how far reaching can that impact be and what can those in leadership positions do to foster recovery among those who are affected?

  • The Military Suicide Research Consortium Studies the Full Spectrum of Suicide in the Military September 3, 2019

    The Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) was stood up in 2010 with significant funding from the Department of Defense (DoD) as an effort to tackle the entire range of the suicide problem for the U.S. military. In its first five years this involved creating the infrastructure to adequately support a broad range of research efforts, soliciting and reviewing research proposals, providing funding to conduct the work, and ensuring that projects were successfully completed.

  • Planning for Suicide Prevention Month? PHCoE Can Help August 26, 2019

    Each year, September marks Suicide Prevention Month, a time to highlight important messages about suicide risk and available treatments and resources. The Defense Health Agency’s theme for 2019 Suicide Prevention Month is “Make it Your Mission to Be There.” The goal is to encourage people to learn more about suicide warning signs and supportive responses so they can be there for a family member, friend or peer who may be at risk.

  • 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.


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