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.

  • 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.

  • Mental Health Providers: How Do You Differentiate Combat Stress from Concussion Symptoms? March 5, 2018
  • It’s Not a Mirage: The OASIS Residential Program for PTSD Expands Services February 26, 2018

    You may have read our previous blog about the Navy’s residential posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment program. The facility has recently opened its doors to more service members affected by PTSD and expanded its treatment offerings. Read on for an update.

  • The Research Gaps Report – Let’s Get our Priorities Straight! February 20, 2018

    When you consider that tens of thousands of research studies are conducted each year, it’s a daunting task to keep track of what research has been done, is currently being done, and still needs to be done. So how do researchers select the most important topics to pursue? And how do funding agencies prioritize research investments?

  • The Wild West of PTSD Treatment: Looking Beyond Evidence-based Therapy February 12, 2018

    Treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an urgent and important priority for the U.S. military. We have evidence-based treatments that work for many people with PTSD, which include prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy, among others. But some who undergo these treatments do not achieve remission, and some are unwilling to participate in or drop out of these treatments. For a number of reasons, service members experiencing PTSD may be looking for alternatives to the existing evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

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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.