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.

  • Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health Technicians September 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? 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. 

  • Behavioral Health Technician Work Group Updates and a Look Ahead February 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.

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