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.

  • Family Violence: Considerations Amid the Pandemic January 25, 2021

    Reports of family violence have increased worldwide since quarantine measures began in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This should come as no surprise to clinicians as we know that factors like economic insecurity, social isolation, reduced options for support, exposure to exploitative relationships, and disaster-related instability are associated with this type of violence.

  • Successfully Coping with Holiday Stress: Strategies for Health Care Workers December 14, 2020

    As health care workers involved in patient care, many service members rely on you for their medical readiness. Your continued commitment to successfully meet the demands of your job likely means overseeing and delivering timely and accurate services to a large patient caseload as well as dealing with unexpected changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Provider Self-Care during a Global Pandemic December 9, 2020

    2020 has been a year like no other. For many of us, our “normal” lives have been overshadowed by a global pandemic, historic wild fires, civil unrest, a divisive election and social distancing. Life as we know it has changed considerably since March. Perhaps nobody has felt the impact more than health care providers who have experienced unprecedented levels of physical and emotional strain. As the year draws to a close, it may be wise to revisit the sister concepts of burnout, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.

  • Offering Support and Compassion for a COVID-19 Positive Colleague August 17, 2020

    My colleague has COVID-19, how do I support him or her when I can’t be in close contact?

  • Coping with Separation from Family and Friends during the COVID-19 Pandemic August 11, 2020

    Numerous stressors are associated with the COVID-19 pandemic including health, employment, financial, and caregiving issues. A significant issue for many people is the physical separation they are experiencing from loved ones. This separation has forced many to reconfigure how to manage day-to-day tasks (i.e. educating children and working from home). This social isolation adds another layer of stress during this time, and the emotional impact may be even more burdensome for many.

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