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.

  • Resources for Military Members Before, During, and Following a Hurricane July 12, 2019

    Tropical storm Barry is expected to become a hurricane and make landfall on Saturday. Service members and their families living in Louisiana and other regions of the Gulf Coast may experience challenges related to the extreme weather. While it is always hard to predict just how impactful these storms will be, quick access to emergency preparedness and response resources can make a critical difference and providers and commands should encourage service members, veterans, and families to leverage all available resources.

  • Reducing Military Mental Health Stigma to Improve Treatment Engagement: Guidance for Clinicians July 8, 2019

    Stigma is associated with negative attitudes about psychological health care and poses a significant barrier to seeking help, engaging in care, and completing psychological health treatment.

  • Understanding Combat and Operational Stress Reactions June 24, 2019

    Combat and military operations are inherently stressful. Service members train hard to prepare mentally and physically for deployment, but they cannot completely avoid the stressors associated with serving. Be it lack of sleep, physical stress, exposure to extreme environmental conditions, or bearing witness to potentially traumatic events, service members will face a wide array of combat and operational stressors. As one might expect, these experiences can be very impactful, resulting in a broad spectrum of reactions.

  • What Do You Really Know About Military Behavioral Health Technicians? June 10, 2019

    In previous blogs, we’ve briefly reviewed the role of military behavioral health technicians (BHTs), also known as psych techs, behavioral health specialists, or mental health service technicians. But what do you, or I, or any provider really know about them? Are they just the person who mans the front desk in the behavioral health clinic? Maybe they also schedule and check-in your patients, take their vital signs, and give them screening measures to complete before a provider appointment? Are they the ones who miraculously keep forms and waiting room brochures stocked in your clinic?

  • Behavioral Health Technicians: The Unsung Heroes of Training Programs May 28, 2019

    A previous Clinician’s Corner blog referred to behavioral health technicians (BHTs) as the “unsung heroes of military mental health care teams.” There’s another area in which these unsung heroes often play a critical role, and that’s in their support of internship and post-doctoral psychology training programs. 

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