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.

  • Chaplains and Confidentiality of Suicide-related Communication: Are There Limits? September 5, 2017

    As the Department of Defense (DoD) continues to be faced with high rates of suicide across the services, it sometimes depends on chaplains to be on the front lines. However, the responsibilities of chaplains in relation to a suicidal individual may be unclear for both service members and health care professionals alike. This blog will briefly define limits of confidentiality for chaplains who receive information related to suicide.

  • Managing the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Resources Make a Difference August 31, 2017 (Updated: October 4, 2017)

    In the wake of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, service members and their families living in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have been impacted and may be displaced from their homes. Access to emergency response resources can make a critical difference for those impacted by the hurricanes and providers should encourage service members, veterans and military families to leverage all available resources.

    General Hurricane Assistance and Information

  • Six Tips for Medical Providers to Combat Stigma August 28, 2017

    Are you aware that knowledge of your patient’s mental health status may influence the type or quality of care you provide?

    In its 2014 report titled Mental Health Stigma in the Military, RAND Corporation addressed interrelated forms of stigma that could prevent service members from seeking mental health treatment:

  • 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. 

  • 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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