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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.

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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.


Two military men standing and talkingBehavioral Health Technicians

Behavioral Health Technicians: A Vital Role Supporting the Embedded Behavioral Health Mission - July 20, 2020

Behavioral Health Technician Research Update: Current Findings and Next Steps - Nov. 12, 2019

Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health Technicians - Sept. 27, 2019

What Do You Really Know About Military Behavioral Health Technicians? - June 10, 2019

Behavioral Health Technicians: The Unsung Heroes of Training Programs - May 28, 2019


Chaplain poses at the alterChaplains and Mental Health

Confidentiality, Chaplains, and the Military - Jan. 20, 2021




Therapy sessionCombat/Operational Stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Reflecting on the Meaning of Service in Afghanistan - Sept. 10, 2021

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD: Considerations for Screening and Treatment - Nov. 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 - Jan. 13, 2020

Understanding Combat and Operational Stress Reactions - June 24, 2019


Doctor wearing PPECoronavirus/COVID

Taking Charge of Your Military Readiness during COVID-19 - Mar. 11, 2022

Family Violence: Considerations Amid the Pandemic - Jan. 25, 2021

Provider Self-Care during a Global Pandemic - Dec. 9, 2020

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

Coping with Separation from Family and Friends during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Aug. 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


Military womanDepression

Chewing on Problems Doesn't Make Them Easy to Swallow - Here are 3 Tips to Help - July 7, 2022

When the Tinsel Gets Tangled How to Cope with Holiday Stress - Dec. 20, 2021

Seasonal Sadness - Oct. 21, 2021

Spotlight on Seasonal Depression - Nov. 25, 2019

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

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

Navy Changes Policy on Psychotropic Medications and Aviation - Jan. 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 - Aug. 3, 2020

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

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

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

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


Military woman asleepInsomnia

What is the Best Treatment for Insomnia? - Jan. 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 - Dec. 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 - Oct. 7, 2019

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


Magnifying glass highlighting service memberMental Health Stigma

The Power of Words in the Battle Against Mental Health Stigma - January 11, 2023

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

"Walkabout" to Build Trust, Reduce Stigma - Jan. 27, 2020

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


Two military women looking at documents and discussingMilitary Mental Health Personnel

Social Workers are Essential - March 9, 2021

Dolphin Docs: Mental Health Providers Embedded in the Submarine Community - Jan. 7, 2019




Doctor discussing patient historyPrimary Care Behavioral Health

How Can Behavioral Health Consultants Encourage Patient Engagement in Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pain? - Sept. 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! - Feb. 3, 2020


Two military women sitting at a desk and discussing documentsProvider Resources and Training

Plan to Attend the 2022 VA/DOD Women's Mental Health Virtual Workshop Series - June 15, 2022

Cultural Competence vs Cultural Humility - May 4, 2022

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 - Feb. 3, 2021

Clinical Support Tools: Invaluable Resources for a Provider's Toolbox - Jan. 29, 2021

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

Question and Verify: TRICARE Authorized Civilian Mental Health Facility Referrals - Oct. 28, 2019

Putting the Rucksack Down: One Military Psychologist's Story of Vicarious Trauma and Resilience - Aug. 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 - Dec. 17, 2018


Sexual Assault Awareness monthSexual Assault/Sexual Harassment

Resources for Behavioral Health Providers Treating Survivors of Sexual Assault with Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - February 25, 2022

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


Military man standing and smiling at cameraSpecial Populations

“Do Ask, Do Tell:” Coming Out Day Reflections and Recommendations - Oct. 5, 2022

The Systemic Need to Address Minority Mental Health - July 25, 2022

LGBTQ Pride Month: Serving All Who Serve - June 10, 2022

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 - Nov. 9, 2020

Addressing Race in Therapy - Oct. 5, 2020

2018 Advancements in Military Women's Health - Jan. 14, 2019


special TopicSpecial Topics

Adjustment Disorder in the Military - Oct. 19, 2022

The Beast: Taming Your Problematic Anger - Sep. 12, 2022

The Power of Deliberate Connection - Aug. 3, 2022







Military man blowing in a deviceSubstance Misuse

Opioid Use Disorder: A Battle That Can Be Won - Jan. 27, 2023

Your Relationship with Prescribed Medications - March 11, 2022

Preventing, Identifying, and Treating Substance Use Disorders among Service Members - Feb. 2, 2022

Living Joyous and Free – Sobriety and the Pandemic - Feb. 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

Connecting with Patients for Conversations about Suicide - Sept. 22, 2022

Beyond Mental Health: Talking with Commanders about Environmental and Non-Clinical Drivers of Suicide - Sept. 21, 2022

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: An Evidence-Based Treatment for Suicide Risk - Nov. 18, 2021

2019 DOD Suicide Event Report Released - July 12, 2021

Suicide Exposure in Military Populations and Resources for Support - Sept. 28, 2020

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

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

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

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

Health Care Workers and Suicide Risk - Sept. 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 - Sept. 30, 2019

How Digital Innovation Can Boost Suicide Prevention Efforts - Sept. 23, 2019

Managing Suicide Risk and Access to Firearms: Guidelines for Provider - Sept. 16, 2019

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

The Military Suicide Research Consortium Studies the Full Spectrum of Suicide in the Military - Sept. 3, 2019

Updated VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline for Suicide Released - Aug. 13, 2019



Illustration of a camouflage brainTraumatic Brain Injury and Mental Health

Mental Health Needs for Service Members with Traumatic Brain Injury - June 28, 2022

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

Last Updated: February 01, 2023
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