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.

  • Addressing Emotional Responses to Threat of Coronavirus March 19, 2020

    While in graduate school, I was involved with some interesting research that examined students’ reactions to media coverage on the potential threat of a disease pandemic such as coronavirus. The study showed several interesting findings, including high rates of worry that family members would contract the disease or that treatment might not be available.

  • Resources for Military Members Before, During, and Following a Hurricane July 12, 2019 (Updated: August 27, 2020)

    Tropical storm Barry is expected to become a hurricane and make landfall on Saturday. Service members and their families living in Louisiana and other regions of the Gulf Coast may experience challenges related to the extreme weather. While it is always hard to predict just how impactful these storms will be, quick access to emergency preparedness and response resources can make a critical difference and providers and commands should encourage service members, veterans, and families to leverage all available resources.

  • Resources for Military Members Following a Hurricane September 14, 2018

    In the midst and aftermath of Hurricane Florence, service members and their families living in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia may experience challenging living conditions and may be displaced from their homes. Given the uncertainty of Florence’s final path and potential secondary impacts of hurricanes, those in other states may be affected as well.

  • Coping in the Aftermath of Community Violence: Self-care Strategies April 9, 2018

    Following the recent shooting that took the lives of three dedicated mental health employees at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, military communities throughout the country may be struggling to understand how and why such a tragedy could have transpired at a counseling center for veterans.  Watching the event play out on the news and hearing about it repeatedly may have produced anxiety, raised fears, and even challenged individuals’ assumptions about their communities and the safety of their workplaces.

  • Critical Incident Response in the DoD: SPRINT Team January 2, 2018

    Military members take risks every day, even outside of the combat zone. Military training exercises and accidents in military environments can result in serious injury or even death. This is in addition to what the general population may be exposed to such as natural disasters, shootings in public places, etc. The military takes very seriously the need to take care of people when terrible things happen. One example of a disaster response model employed by the Department of Defense is the Navy’s SPRINT (Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team) Teams.


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