Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"

Staff Perspective: Helping the Helpers

Christy Collette

As we wind down PTSD awareness month, I want to focus on us….the helpers. While we are all adept at identifying PTSD symptoms in our patients, we are less adept at recognizing our own struggles. We have the honor and privilege of hearing the stories our clients share with us, but with that comes some occupational stress that is unique to those in the helping profession

Staff Perspective: A New Resource for Anyone Interested in Animal-assisted Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dr. Jenny Phillips

Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) for post-traumatic stress disorder is an interesting and appealing topic for many clinicians. This blog identifies a recently published text that includes information about AAT with practical clinical applications but also information likely to appeal to a wider audience, including non-clinicians.

Staff Perspective: Treating Our Adolescents in Uniform

Dr. Andrea Isreal

BLUF: If you work with our United States Service members, you may be treating more adolescents than you realize. Did you know that contemporary theories of human development consider adolescence to extend to about age 25? If we think of adolescence as extending to about age 25, adolescents comprise a large proportion of U.S. Active Duty and Selected Reserve service members.

Staff Perspective: Therapist, Health Thyself: Do We Really Need Self-Care?

Dr. Diana Dolan

I have a confession to make. I have never really bought into the concept of self-care from a personal perspective. I do think frequently about the risk for burnout in in the behavioral health field, I fully support self-care for others, and I encourage time for self-care among friends and colleagues. For myself though, the concept seemed foreign.

Staff Perspective: Connecting Clinically - The “Suck It Up and Drive On” Mentality

When you consider the cultural context of the military as being group-based, it is not unusual for clients to downplay their own pain and symptoms because someone else is "worse" than they are. This can lead to problems with them fully engaging in treatment. Providers must somehow address this without being dismissive of the cultural value behind it.