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.

  • Mental Health Takeaways from the New VA/DoD Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline May 29, 2018

    Pregnancy can impact all aspects of a mother’s well-being. While it’s an exciting time for many women, it’s also an emotional time. It can bring on mood changes from physical stresses, fatigue, changes in metabolism and hormones, as well as worries, such as about the costs and new responsibilities that come with being a parent. For service women, there are unique military-related concerns such as caring for the new baby if one or both parents gets deployed and meeting physical readiness standards after the baby is born.

  • Delivering Trauma-informed Care in the Military Health System April 30, 2018

    Unless you’ve been deployed or too busy with patients to read the latest literature, you’ve likely noticed increased use of the terms “trauma-informed” and “trauma-sensitive” in psychological health articles, training seminars, and clinical practice guidelines. I recently even read about trauma-informed yoga and trauma-informed parenting. So what does it mean to be trauma-informed and why is it important to how we deliver care to service members?

  • Mental Health Providers: How Do You Differentiate Combat Stress from Concussion Symptoms? March 5, 2018
  • Embedded Mental Health Care Providers Break Down Barriers to Care February 5, 2018

    Since the late 1990s, military mental health care providers have been routinely embedded into expeditionary units for the purpose of recognizing signs of problems early, fostering prevention and early intervention efforts, increasing access to care, and making military units more comfortable with the idea of seeking mental health care. The movement to embed mental health assets has accelerated in recent years, building on previous successes.

  • Providers: Help Service Members Stay in Mental Health Treatment Across Settings With Free DoD Program January 16, 2018

    Did you know that every time you have an active-duty member who is moving, you can get assistance in finding them a mental health care provider at their new duty station?

    Did you know there is a formal program, staffed by credentialed providers who will ensure a smooth transition and provide call backs to encourage service members or new veterans to follow up with scheduled appointments?

    Did you know it’s free and easy?

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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.