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.

  • Putting the Rucksack Down: One Military Psychologist’s Story of Vicarious Trauma and Resilience August 12, 2019

    “This is where it happens” was the first thought that flashed through my mind. What followed were several other thoughts about someone coming up from behind, bashing my head into the tile of the shower I was standing in, assaulting me, and the actions needed to defend myself. I have never experienced assault. The content of the thoughts were from a client I had treated about two years earlier. That client had supported a soldier in the immediate aftermath of a brutal assault.

  • 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. 

  • Elevating Social Work in the Military March 11, 2019

    When you think of the month of March, you likely think of St. Patrick’s Day or maybe Mardi Gras, or even the spring equinox. But, did you know that March is also Social Worker Appreciation Month? The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 2019 theme is “Elevate Social Work,” which encourages us to educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession.   

  • 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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