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.

  • Behavioral Health Technician Research Update: Current Findings and Next Steps November 12, 2019

    You’ve likely read some of our earlier Clinician’s Corner blogs about military behavioral health technicians and you may have wondered if there’s any research on the topic. The answer is now “Yes!” RAND Corporation recently released a new study, Understanding Behavioral Health Technicians within the Military: A Review of Training, Practice, and Professional Development.

  • Question and Verify: TRICARE Authorized Civilian Mental Health Facility Referrals October 28, 2019

    You’ve determined your patient requires a referral to a specialized mental health in-patient or residential care facility to participate in an intensive treatment program with 24-7 structured support and medical oversight. But knowing where and how to refer your patient for an increased level of care can pose a challenge, especially if your military treatment facility (MTF) is not located near a major treatment center that offers inpatient or residential mental health services.

  • Overcoming Barriers to Prescribing Exercise for Mental Health October 21, 2019

    One of the benefits of being a (retired) competitive powerlifter is that people come to you for advice about lifting weights. They see you work out in the gym, and probably say to themselves, “That’s someone who knows what he is doing. I’ll ask him for help.” I’ve had people ask me simple questions like “How do I improve my squat?” to more complex requests like “Would you mind putting together a training plan for me?” I don’t mind assisting people in reaching their goals as I know what my limitations are.

  • Depression in Pregnant Service Members: Three Things Providers Can Do to Help October 15, 2019

    October is designated as Depression Awareness Month. This provides an opportunity to discuss depression and how it can uniquely impact service members who are pregnant. While most of us are aware of postpartum depression, fewer may know that depression can occur throughout pregnancy. This blog will highlight a few key things for providers to keep in mind as they’re working with pregnant service members.

    1. It’s not just postpartum depression.

  • inTransition: Serving All of America’s Service Members and Veterans October 7, 2019

    You probably know inTransition provides confidential, free, one-on-one coaching for service members who need support accessing mental health care during relocation or when they’re returning from deployment, transitioning from active duty to reserve or reserve to active duty, or preparing to leave military service.

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