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.
Click here for MHICS Application for VA Chaplains
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, complete the application linked above by February 1. MHICS applicants will be informed of their status at the beginning of March. VA chaplains accepted into MHICS who are interested in the DMin in Integrative Chaplaincy will then be provided with special instruction for applying to Vanderbilt Divinity School.
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.