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.

  • Providers: Help Service Members Stay in Mental Health Treatment Across Settings With Free DoD Program January 16, 2018

    Did you know that every time you have an active-duty member who is moving, you can get assistance in finding them a mental health care provider at their new duty station?

    Did you know there is a formal program, staffed by credentialed providers who will ensure a smooth transition and provide call backs to encourage service members or new veterans to follow up with scheduled appointments?

    Did you know it’s free and easy?

  • Hard Copies: The Value of Printed Educational Material for Service Members December 11, 2017

    Busy clinicians benefit from having well researched and professionally developed information readily available for clients and family members. Although many of our clients use the internet to search for information and prefer mobile apps over printed material, providers should not underestimate the usefulness of the traditional “hard copy” for educating clients and family members about mental health conditions, treatment options, coping strategies, medication compliance and where to find additional resources.

  • Common Cognitive Biases in Caring for Patients November 27, 2017

    I’m the best driver I know.

    There I said it.

    It’s obvious. Look at those drivers driving too fast (or too slow), riding uncomfortably close to my bumper, weaving through traffic, not stopping for three seconds at a stop sign, no turn signal, breaking too often or too hard, running a red light, drifting across the lane line – the list could go on and on.

    Sound familiar?

    Why do I (we) think this? And how is this related to patient care? The short answer – bias.

  • The Surprising Power of Gratitude: Strategies for Promoting Service Members’ Psychological Health Through Thankfulness Soldier sitting down reading a notebook November 20, 2017

    “Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues,” wrote the Roman statesman Cicero, “but the parent of all of the others.” Indeed, the qualities of thankfulness and appreciation are well-established spiritual and social values. In recent years, however, gratitude has also emerged as a focus of intervention in medical and mental health treatment.

  • Exercise to Improve Mental Health U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Tam August 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:

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