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.
Behavioral Health Technicians: A Vital Role Supporting the Embedded Behavioral Health Mission
Behavioral Health Technicians: A Vital Role Supporting the Embedded Behavioral Health MissionJuly 20, 2020
The concept of embedded behavioral health care in the military can be traced back decades, with the intent to promote psychological health and readiness in operational units through targeted prevention and risk reduction efforts. As opposed to the traditional concept of a clinic, embedded assets bring behavioral health to the unit. In addition to providing direct behavioral health support, embedded providers strive to make connections with unit members to gain insight into their unique needs.
PTSD Awareness Month 2020: Overview of Evidence-based Practice
PTSD Awareness Month 2020: Overview of Evidence-based PracticeJune 22, 2020
Each June, the Department of Defense joins the national effort to promote awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that may arise following exposure to a trauma such as combat, a natural disaster, or an assault. Individuals with PTSD experience distressing and intrusive memories of the trauma as well as avoidance, hyperarousal, and negative thoughts and mood.
Using a Navy Program to Navigate the Continued Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19
Using a Navy Program to Navigate the Continued Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19June 8, 2020
Continued Stress of COVID-19
Although we have settled into a new way of life, COVID-19 continues to bring lots of things to worry about, including health concerns and major unwanted life changes. On top of worrying about isolated loved ones and contracting the virus, summer programs for kids have been canceled, getting groceries is challenging, we’re still stuck at home, and many remain concerned about layoffs and financial loss.
Connecting to Psychological Health Care Resources During COVID-19
Connecting to Psychological Health Care Resources During COVID-19June 1, 2020
A friendly reminder for the military community: the Psychological Health Resource Center (PHRC) is available to provide information on psychological health, connections to psychological health care, and access to community resources during COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on our daily lives and routines, may trigger interpersonal conflicts between family members and friends, increase feelings of anxiety or depression, or cause lost connections with psychological health care providers.
New Resources for Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk Toolkit
New Resources for Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk ToolkitMay 29, 2020
One thing I’ve learned from this Mental Health Awareness Month is that we all #NeedALittleHelp sometimes. During these unprecedented times, many of us are seeking online resources to help us take care of those we love and others under our care. For those who have loved ones or patients struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings, this may be an especially stressful time when resources and support are needed most.
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.