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.

  • Treating Service Members Reporting Sexual Assault 101: A Primer for Providers April 2, 2018

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office has created a campaign “Protecting our People Protects our Mission” for April 2018. The awareness campaign is one of several efforts to increase awareness of sexual assault, build a culture that will not tolerate sexual harassment or assault, and work to eliminate sexual assault in the military.

  • Primary Care Behavioral Health: Integrated Care Improves Health Outcomes for Service Members March 26, 2018

    According to the American Hospital Association, one in four Americans experience a behavioral health illness or substance use disorder each year, and the majority of those individuals also suffer from a comorbid physical health condition.

  • Words Matter: The Effect of Stigma and Labeling on Mental Health Care in the Military March 19, 2018

    There is a well-known discrepancy between the number of service members with sub-clinical mental health symptoms and those who actually seek care. Research estimates that more than half of service members exhibiting clinically significant mental health symptoms do not seek mental health care.

  • 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

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