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Understanding Military Culture: A Guide for Behavioral Healthcare Providers

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William Brim, Psy.D.
1 Hour 31 Minutes
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Nov 14, 2022
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Your ability to have a positive impact on military service members and veterans hinges on one simple question – do you understand their culture and how it clashes with elements of the overarching culture of behavioural healthcare? Without understanding military morals, values, and beliefs, you won’t establish effective rapport and create treatment plans that work. This recorded session will give you a deeper look at military culture as concrete strategies for assessment and treatment. 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



William Brim, Psy.D.'s Profile

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William Brim, PsyD, is a clinical health and forensic psychologist and executive director of a large DoD healthcare provider training and education center. He has been involved in the military for over 40 years from ROTC in high school and college, to enlisting in the US Army and being commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force as a clinical psychologist. Dr. Brim is President-Elect of the Military Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He delivered hundreds of seminars and workshops and has written over twenty book chapters and articles on military culture and its impact on the healthcare of service members, veterans and their families.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. William Brim has employment relationships with the Center for Deployment Psychology, Chesapeake Wellness Associates, the University of the Health Sciences, and PESI, Inc. He is the principal investigator with the Defense Health Agency, in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Brim is a consultant for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Nightmares website. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. William Brim is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Society of Air Force Clinical Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association.


  1. Demonstrate the importance of military cultural competence.  
  2. Argue a purpose for the customs, traditions, and ethos of the military culture. 
  3. Utilize the Cultural Formulation Interview for military members.


  • Is there a military culture? 
  • Ethos, military values and beliefs 
  • Tenets and purpose of the military ethos 
  • Culture clash: what happens when military culture meets behavioural health culture? 
  • Diversity in the military 
  • Taking a military history: what (and what not) to ask 
  • Using the Military Cultural Formulation Interview 
  • Military and veteran families 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Psychologists 
  • Psychiatrists 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Addiction Counselors 
  • Nurses 
  • Other mental health professionals


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