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U.S. Army Medicine Civilian Corps Attends 2013 Eastern Psychological Association’s Annual Meeting

3/01/13 (Fri)

 

The Civilian Corps of the United States Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) will attend the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) March 1 – 4, 2013. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis in New York, NY.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Civilian Corps representatives and learn about the rewarding career opportunities for psychology professionals to serve as civilians, providing care to military personnel, beneficiaries and their families.

“The EPA Annual Meeting provides a great opportunity for the US Army Medicine Civilian Corps to connect with psychologists and individuals interested in civilian career opportunities,” says Dr. Joseph Harrison, Chief, Recruitment and Retention, Headquarters U.S. Army Medical Command, Civilian Human Resources Division. “Clinical Psychology is one of the most important fields within the Civilian Corps and specifically in the Embedded Behavioral Health (EBH) model that is being implemented at army hospitals and clinics nationwide. We are dedicated to providing exceptional behavioral health care to the military’s almost four million beneficiaries and we are working diligently to staff EBH teams with the most qualified clinical psychologists and mental health professionals.”

The EBH model improves access to behavioral health care for soldiers and decreases stigma by embedding a team of behavioral health care providers within a unit’s footprint. Having a team of providers in such close proximity to the unit and involved in regular interactions with the soldiers and commanders allows for preventative care because providers are able to treat behavioral health concerns before they become more severe of an issue. The EBH model also allows providers to get to know their patients on a more personal level, ultimately establishing a trusting relationship and a rewarding career.

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