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.

  • Put Out the Welcome Mat: Tips to Provide Culturally-Sensitive Care to Transgender Service Members June 19, 2017

    A 2015 civilian survey of transgender individuals conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality found that during the past year, 33 percent of transgender individuals who saw a health care provider had a negative experience related to being transgender. Hopefully you’re reading this blog to learn more about providing culturally-sensitive care as you move towards cultural competence.

  • The Transgender Narrative: Defining a Unique Path June 12, 2017

    The first blog in the LGBT Pride Month series reviewed current DoD policy. This blog will focus on increasing your familiarity with the transgender narrative. As you begin clinical practice with this population, particularly assessment of gender dysphoria, an understanding of the transgender narrative will inform your work. You may want to start by reading this helpful introduction to key transgender terms.

  • Implementing Transgender Behavioral Health Care in the Military June 5, 2017

    In June 2016, a new policy was introduced allowing transgender service members to openly serve in the United States military. This policy creates changes for military mental health providers who are now responsible for new aspects of care with which many providers may have little familiarity.

  • Female Service Members and Their Mental Health May 15, 2017

    I’ve been working for the military for over 30 years in many different roles. While my gender makes me obviously different from my male counterparts, I’ve never focused on it as a barrier because my parents raised me to do my best, and to accomplish the goals I set in my mind and heart, regardless of my gender.  

    Early in my career, I broke into the previously gender-restricted missile operations career field. That experience strongly shaped my perspective, and throughout my career has caused me to think about the challenges for military females.

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