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.

  • It’s Not a Mirage: The OASIS Residential Program for PTSD Expands Services February 26, 2018

    You may have read our previous blog about the Navy’s residential posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment program. The facility has recently opened its doors to more service members affected by PTSD and expanded its treatment offerings. Read on for an update.

  • What Doesn't Kill You Changes You: Clinical Considerations for Exploring Posttraumatic Growth November 15, 2017

    In my experience, service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) don’t resonate with the popular notion that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” In fact, individuals who present for PTSD treatment generally report feeling quite the opposite: fearful, unsafe, on edge, exhausted, isolated, and out of control.

  • Post-traumatic Growth Among Service Members: Are Negative Outcomes the Only Outcomes? November 13, 2017

    Research on traumatic stress in the military tends to focus on negative stress reactions that service members can experience. But many service members affected by trauma also share nuanced stories of loss and struggle that result in unexpected opportunities for personal growth. Posttraumatic growth (PTG), a term coined by Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun, is defined as the positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a major life crisis. The concept of PTG challenges the common assumption that tragedy only results in negative outcomes.

  • Moral Injury: A Mechanism of Harm June 26, 2017

    A little over 10 years ago, Maj. Gen. George Flynn, then commanding general of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, and I were on Capitol Hill waiting to brief congressional staffers when he asked me a deceptively tough question. “If I cross the street and almost get hit by a car but I jump out of the way in time, could I get posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just from that experience?” Flynn asked.

  • OASIS Residential PTSD Treatment: It Does Exist! May 10, 2017

    Do you have active-duty patients who require more intensive PTSD treatment than you can provide? Have you had patients complain that they couldn’t do treatment assignments because of work or home responsibilities, despite sincere motivation? Do you have PTSD patients who are resistant to psychotherapy groups because the other patients “won’t understand” them? Have you had patients who required residential PTSD treatment but whose command wouldn’t approve a Temporary Assigned Duty (TAD) to a civilian facility?

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