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 Technicians: A Vital Role Supporting the Embedded Behavioral Health Mission
Behavioral Health Technicians: A Vital Role Supporting the Embedded Behavioral Health MissionJuly 20, 2020
The concept of embedded behavioral health care in the military can be traced back decades, with the intent to promote psychological health and readiness in operational units through targeted prevention and risk reduction efforts. As opposed to the traditional concept of a clinic, embedded assets bring behavioral health to the unit. In addition to providing direct behavioral health support, embedded providers strive to make connections with unit members to gain insight into their unique needs.
Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health Technicians
Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health TechniciansSeptember 27, 2019
Who has the most important role in military suicide prevention? Healthcare providers? Commanding officers? Other service members? Everyone? If you’d say “everyone” is the right answer, I wholeheartedly agree! Indeed, military suicide prevention requires the awareness, effort, and support of each member of the military community as well as those in the wider civilian community. However, one of the military’s most crucial suicide prevention assets, and perhaps one of the most unsung, are behavioral health technicians.
What Do You Really Know About Military Behavioral Health Technicians?
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
Behavioral Health Technicians: The Unsung Heroes of Training ProgramsMay 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.
Behavioral Health Technician Work Group Updates and a Look Ahead
Behavioral Health Technician Work Group Updates and a Look AheadFebruary 25, 2019
Behavioral health technicians (BHTs) are unsung heroes of military mental health care teams. These enlisted service members are trained to be “provider-extenders” who support a range of mental health services including intake interviews, triage, psychoeducation, mental health screenings, outreach to commands, and administrative management. BHTs’ specific duties vary based on their service, clinic and supervisor.
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.