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 Mental Health Impacts of Sexual Assault in Service Members: Pilot Update and Next Steps April 22, 2019

    Do you ever wonder how the Department of Defense (DoD) decides which mental health conditions to target and test with innovative, evidence-based treatment programs? Sometimes the prevalence of a particular disorder in the military population guides our efforts, and sometimes it’s the condition’s negative impact on service members and the mission of DoD. Congress recently asked DoD to create a specific type of treatment program for a very unique patient population.

  • Facilitating 12-Step Approaches to Change for Service Members with Problematic Drinking April 16, 2019

    The interrelated sets of practices, beliefs, and experiences of the 12-step approach to change have helped many service members to initiate and/or sustain recovery from alcohol use disorders. As April is Alcohol Awareness Month, we have an opportunity to review and consider the distinctions between group mutual help programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and 12-step facilitation (TSF), an evidence-based treatment that can be delivered to service members with problematic alcohol use.    

  • When Alcohol Use Becomes Alcohol Misuse: Supporting Service Member Self-Referral April 1, 2019

    Alcohol has played a prominent role in military life throughout recorded history. However, it has been a mixed blessing, especially when alcohol misuse adversely affects psychological health, discipline, productivity, and readiness.

  • How Good is that App? Evaluation Criteria for Military Mental Health Providers March 18, 2019

    How often has a patient shown you a health-related smartphone app and asked your opinion?  Or a colleague recommends that you try an app they’ve incorporated into their practice? How do you judge the merits of a particular app among the plethora of options in the market place?

  • Elevating Social Work in the Military March 11, 2019

    When you think of the month of March, you likely think of St. Patrick’s Day or maybe Mardi Gras, or even the spring equinox. But, did you know that March is also Social Worker Appreciation Month? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2019 theme is “Elevate Social Work,” which encourages us to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession.   

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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.