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Clinician's Corner is a blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers, researchers, policy makers and others interested in psychological health in the Military Health System. Graphic that reads Sign up to receive Clinician's Corner blogs Find clinical guidance, resources, and research updates related to prevention, screening and treatment of mental health concerns in the military.

Blogs are listed below by primary topic and organized chronologically within each topic area.


Behavioral Health Technicians




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Combat/Operational Stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Reflecting on the Meaning of Service in Afghanistan September 10, 2021

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD: Considerations for Screening and Treatment November 16, 2020

PTSD Awareness Month 2020: Overview of Evidence-based Practice June 22, 2020

A Quick Start Guide to Written Exposure Therapy: How Can I Use it This Week? May 6, 2020

Helping Military Teams Manage Acute Stress When It Matters Most January 13, 2020

Understanding Combat and Operational Stress Reactions June 24, 2019



Doctor wearing PPE


Family Violence: Considerations Amid the Pandemic -January 25, 2021

Provider Self-Care during a Global Pandemic - December 9, 2020

Offering Support and Compassion for a COVID-19 Positive Colleague August 17, 2020

Coping with Separation from Family and Friends during the COVID-19 Pandemic -August 11, 2020

Using a Navy Program to Navigate the Continued Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19 - June 8, 2020

Connecting to Psychological Health Care Resources During COVID-19 -June 1, 2020

Indoor Exercises to Improve Anxiety and Depression - May 2, 2020

Five Ways Behavioral Health Care Providers Can Promote Psychological Wellbeing During Covid-19- April 29, 2020

Alleviating Panic Symptoms When Wearing Protective Equipment: Lessons from the Military Frontlines -April 17, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Engaged: Adapting Safety Plans to a Socially Distanced Society -April 16, 2020

Going Virtual: Conducting High Quality Suicide Safety Planning Remotely -April 15, 2020

Five Ways to Cope with COVID-19, Brought to You by the U.S. Military -April 3, 2020

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


Pregnant service memberDepression

Spotlight on Seasonal Depression November 25, 2019

Overcoming Barriers to Prescribing Exercise for Mental Health -October 21, 2019

Depression in Pregnant Service Members: Three Things Providers Can Do to Help - October 15, 2019

Navy Changes Policy on Psychotropic Medications and Aviation -January 22, 2019


Thumbnails of evidence briefsEvidence-based Practice, Data and Research

Practice-Based Implementation Network Launches New Pilot: Optimizing Utilization of Behavioral Health Technicians in the Military Health System May 6, 2021

The 2020 Research Gaps Report: Suicide Prevention Research Priorities -August 3, 2020

Rolling the Dice on Universal Screening for Gambling Disorder-February 11, 2020

Present-centered Therapy Versus Trauma-focused Treatments for PTSD: And the Winner is…-December 9, 2019

Evaluating Types of Bias in Randomized Controlled Trials: A Helpful Tool for Military Mental Health Providers - February 11, 2019

Types of Bias in Randomized Controlled Trials: A Refresher for Military Mental Health
Providers -February 4, 2019


Service member nappingInsomnia

What is the Best Treatment for Insomnia? January 5, 2021

Tactical Naps: When Napping Can Be Good for You May 4, 2020




inTransition logoinTransition

InTransition: Open to All Service Members and Veterans, All the Time December 23, 2020

inTransition: Supporting Brigs and Correctional Facilities -May 18, 2020

inTransition Improves its Success Rate in Connecting Service Members to Sexual Assault-related Counseling April 30, 2020

inTransition Teams Up with the Veterans Crisis Line to Support Service Members in Crisis April 9, 2020

inTransition: Serving All of America's Service Members and Veterans October 7, 2019

Call inTransition With Your Patients: It's Worth It Nine Times Over May 6, 2019


Magnifying glass highlighting service memberMental Health Stigma

Writing and Talking about Mental Health: Do's and Don'ts to Reduce Stigma May 26, 2020

"Walkabout" to Build Trust, Reduce Stigma - January 27, 2020

Reducing Military Mental Health Stigma to Improve Treatment Engagement: Guidance for Clinicians July 8, 2019



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Military Mental Health Personnel

Social Workers are Essential March 9, 2021

Dolphin Docs: Mental Health Providers Embedded in the Submarine Community January 7, 2019




Doctor discussing patient history

Primary Care Behavioral Health

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

How Can Patients Access the Behavioral Health Consultant? May 11, 2020

What's the Difference between Primary Care Behavioral Health and Specialty Behavioral Health? March 2, 2020

Is the Behavioral Health Consultant in Primary Care Right for Your Patient? Yes! February 3, 2020


Clinician and patientProvider Resources and Training

Plan to Attend the 2021 VA/DoD Women's Mental Health Virtual Mini-Residency June 11, 2021

Earn CEs and Learn about Effectiveness of Mental Health Interventions in New Home Studies February 3, 2021

Clinical Support Tools: Invaluable Resources for a Provider's Toolbox January 29, 2021

Register Now for VA/DoD Women's Mental Health Webinar Series Enduring Trainings January 11, 2021

Question and Verify: TRICARE Authorized Civilian Mental Health Facility Referrals October 28, 2019

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

How Good is that App? Evaluation Criteria for Military Mental Health Providers March 18, 2019

How Is This Working? Therapeutic Alliance and Implications for Evidence-Based Treatment Delivery in Military Settings December 17, 2018


Sexual Assault Awareness monthSexual Assault/Sexual Harassment

DoD Resources for Providers Treating Service Members Disclosing Sexual Harassment April 19, 2021

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment April 5, 2021

Understanding Impacts of Stalking in Service Members: Tips for Providers April 20, 2020

Safe Helpline Resources available to DoD Sexual Assault Stakeholders and Clinicians April 13, 2020

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: What is the Connection? April 6, 2020

inTransition: Helping Service Members Connect to Confidential VA Mental Health Counseling for Sexual Trauma July 22, 2019

Female service members in combatSpecial Populations

Mental Health Treatment Considerations for LGBTQ Service Members June 2, 2021

Supporting LGBTQ+ Service Members: Reproductive Health and Services March 24, 2021

Intersectionality and Cultural Competence: A Quick Introduction November 9, 2020

Addressing Race in Therapy October 5, 2020

2018 Advancements in Military Women's Health January 14, 2019

Beer being poured down sinkSubstance Misuse

Living Joyous and Free – Sobriety and the Pandemic February 22, 2021

Facilitating 12-Step Approaches to Change for Service Members with Problematic Drinking April 16, 2019

When Alcohol Use Becomes Alcohol Misuse: Supporting Service Member Self-Referral April 1, 2019



Flag folding ceremonySuicide Risk

2019 DoD Suicide Event Report Released July 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

U.S. Navy Suicide Deep Dive: Missed Opportunities and Recommendations September 14, 2020

Health Care Workers and Suicide Risk September 8, 2020

New Resources for Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk Toolkit May 29, 2020

2018 DoD Suicide Event Report Released April 27, 2020

Suicide Prediction Models in the Military Health System September 30, 2019

How Digital Innovation Can Boost Suicide Prevention Efforts September 23, 2019

Managing Suicide Risk and Access to Firearms: Guidelines for Provider September 16, 2019

Planning for the Worst: A Commander's Guide to Suicide Postvention September 9, 2019

The Military Suicide Research Consortium Studies the Full Spectrum of Suicide in the Military September 3, 2019

Updated VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Suicide Released August 13, 2019


Illustration of a camouflage brainTraumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health

Positive Attitude, Social Support May Promote TBI Resilience Among Military Members March 27, 2020

Meeting the Challenge of Co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic
Brain Injury March 9, 2020

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Infographic about Depression in Men reads: Depression, even severe depression is treatable.  Approximately 6 million American men suffer from a depressive disorder annually.  Service members returning from combat deployments have an increased risk of developing depression.  Men are less likely than women to admit to negative mood states or to seek treatment for mental health issues.  Almost 9% of men in the U.S. feel anxious or depressed day to day.  Fewer than half of those men seek help from a mental health professional or take medication.  Men may experience depression symptoms beyond the traditional symptoms of low mood, withdrawal and sleep problems, including: Anger and irritability, substance misuse and rist taking behaviors.  The lifetime prevalence rate for alcohol dependence is twice as high in men as it is in women.  Men take their own lives at nearly 4 times the rate that women do. Remember depression is treatable. Talk to your health care provider today.  Need help finding a professional?  Question on depression? Call the Psychological Health Resource Center at (866) 966-1020

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