The DMin program was born out of years of prior work by Integrative Mental Health training VA and military chaplains through Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services (MHICS). MHICS forms the basis for the first three of six semesters for the DMin, with VA chaplains accepted into MHICS having the option to complete MHICS alone or the full DMin.
The Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services (MHICS) program is an intensive sub-specialty training that aims to better equip chaplains in the care of Veterans and Service members with mental health-related concerns.
Chaplains learn to integrate principles from evidence-based practices (e.g., ACT, Motivational Interviewing, and Problem-Solving Training) that synergize with chaplaincy and foster a more integrative system of care through inter-professional collaboration.
For more information about MHICS, including a comparison with the DMin option, see the MHICS Overview.
For more information about the Integrative Chaplaincy DMin, see the Vanderbilt Divinity School DMin website.
The MHICS application window for entry Fall 2023 has closed. If you are a chaplain serving in the Veterans Administration (VA) and wish to apply for the MHICS training alone or the VA MHICS tuition discount for the DMin in Integrative Chaplaincy, please check back in late 2023 when the MHICS application is expected to reopen.
If you are a non-VA chaplain or are interested in applying for the Vanderbilt Divinity School DMin in Integrative Chaplaincy separate from the VA MHICS tuition discount process, visit the Vanderbilt Divinity School DMin website.
If you are interested in applying for MHICS and/or the DMin in Integrative Chaplaincy in the future, please provide your email address to be added to our mailing list.