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.

  • Global Behavioral Health Engagement: Building Partnerships and Enhancing Readiness May 21, 2018

    Global Behavioral Health Engagement

    We generally think of the Department of Defense (DoD) as a government agency that provides military forces to protect and defend the security of our country, and many of us don’t think much of the connection between global health and DoD. In fact, DoD has a long standing history of participation in many global health engagement initiatives to support global stability and security via enhancing the health system capabilities of partner nations; however, few of these initiatives focus on behavioral health.

  • Helping Your Patients Understand the Types of Military Mental Health Providers May 7, 2018

    The good news for service members seeking mental health care in the Military Health System is there are many options for care. But it can be difficult to understand the many types of mental health care providers and the kinds of services they offer. Here is a list of common types of providers found in military treatment facilities. Providers can use this overview with service member and veteran patients, particularly new patients, to help them find the right provider for their specific needs.

    Clinical Providers

    Psychologist

  • Vicarious Traumatization, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: The Hazards of Compassion in Military Mental Health March 12, 2018

    Are you feeling disconnected from those you care about? Wondering who is trustworthy? Or just feeling unsafe? Any of these symptoms could be indicative of vicarious traumatization (VT), which may be easily confused with compassion fatigue or professional burnout. Some clinicians who work with traumatized populations (including those with posttraumatic stress disorder and/or depression) may experience VT, and this may be particularly true for clinicians working with military members.

  • Calibrating the Team: Keys to Enhancing Teamwork in Military Health Care October 2, 2017

    Excellence in teamwork.

    What comes to mind when you see these words? Sports teams? Elite military units? Fictional superhero collectives? 

    Raise your hand if you immediately thought about your own military health care team?

  • Introduction of the Behavioral Health Technician Work Group August 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. 

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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.