Improving Veterans Affairs Services by Embracing a Communitarian Model for Mental Health Providers

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Abstract

Working as a mental health professional in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system can be very rewarding. Providers have the privilege of caring for America's heroes, many opportunities to learn and implement evidence-based practices, and the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams. However, providers also face some unique challenges. VA leadership and staff can embrace a communitarian approach to professional ethics by creating opportunities for mental health professionals to engage in mutual awareness, support, and accountability. The author describes five ideas for infusing this model at VA facilities to support and strengthen the mental health workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-115
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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