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.

  • How Can Behavioral Health Consultants Encourage Patient Engagement in Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pain? September 30, 2020

    Behavioral health consultants (BHCs) in the Military Health System have been trained to provide brief cognitive behavioral therapy for pain (BCBT-P) to primary care patients with pain. The aim of this treatment is to help patients develop adaptive coping skills so they gain a greater sense of control over their lives and their pain. Feedback from patients has been positive, with some patients requesting additional assistance. However, BHCs may find that a subset of patients have difficulty remaining engaged in care. BHCs may find themselves wondering:

  • Suicide Exposure in Military Populations and Resources for Support September 28, 2020

    Approximately 48,000 people died by suicide in the United States in 2018. Each of those deaths is mourned by a wide range of people. In fact, recent research finds that each suicide leaves behind about 135 people who have varying degrees of exposure to the loss. Within the veteran community, it is estimated that approximately half of all veterans have known an individual who died by suicide.

  • Suicide Awareness Month 2020: Lessons Learned from Medical Reviews of Airmen who Die by Suicide September 24, 2020

    A death by suicide can affect everyone in the individual’s life including family, friends, colleagues and health care providers who may have been treating the individual. Providers are not immune from suicide’s psychological toll. Perceived guilt and grief can impact the health of providers in unexpected ways. It is important for providers to remember that death by suicide is a multifaceted phenomenon which is notoriously difficult to predict.

  • Clinicians and Leaders: Principal Partners for Suicide Prevention in the Marine Corps September 21, 2020

    Effective suicide prevention is made up of collaborative partnerships and coordinated preventive resources designed to provide skills to mitigate stress, identify service members in distress, provide mitigation intervention, and work together to help service members get back in the fight. Service members in distress benefit from a dedicated support network that includes family members, friends, peers, military leaders, clinicians, and other resources. 

  • Lessons from Suicide Attempts among U.S. Army Soldiers During Deployment September 17, 2020

    Since 2009, a team of investigators at universities across the U.S. have carried out the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) to improve understanding of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Army soldiers. Combining more than a billion Army and Defense Department records with detailed questionnaires that were completed by more than 100,000 soldiers, Army STARRS is the largest study of suicide risk and resilience ever conducted in the U.S. military.


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