Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services
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What is MHICS?
The Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services (MHICS) program is a one-year training that aims to better equip chaplains in the provision of care to Veterans and Service members with mental health problems.
The MHICS training is comprised of three 12-week courses. Each course is comprised of five distance modules and one face-to-face training. Distance modules typically include three 50-60-minute video didactics, readings, and a regularly scheduled 90-minute small-group consultation call using video conferencing. Each distance module can be completed at any time during a two-week span; although, we request chaplains to complete coursework prior to the consultation call in the 2nd week. We estimate modules taking an estimated time of 8-12 hours each to complete.
MHICS presenters include top experts from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, and academic settings. Presenters represent such programs as the National Center for PTSD, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TraumaticBrain Injury, the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, national VA and DoD suicide prevention offices, and many others.
While the majority of the MHICS training is accomplished through distance learning modalities, each of the three courses also includes a 2.5-day face-to-face training intensive.
What MHICS Graduates have said about their training:
- [helped] me interact more proficiently with behavioral health. — Army chaplain
- deepened my understanding of the overlap between mental health and chaplaincy. — Navy chaplain
- provided me with tools for pastoral care I had not previously been using ... brought me up to date on research … [and enhanced my ability] to communicate to mental health providers. — VA chaplain
The MHICS training organized and systematized the clinical skills I already had and helped me develop additional skills to care for Sailors. Specifically, incorporating Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) enabled me to cultivate change talk and promote positive action more effectively than I had done previously.
Because we are one hour away from the nearest mental health colleagues, it is important for me to be able to listen to and help out people here, as well identify what needs are beyond me and talk to them about going to the next level (i.e., referral to mental health).
Army Chaplain, Cohort 2
MHICS has given me the right tools to support the work of mental health providers. Not a day goes by where I am not using a concept from Problem Solving Therapy (PST), MI, grief work, and ACT.
VA Chaplain, Cohort 2
Through the MHICS training I was enabled to incorporate language from two disciplines in a way that found common ground and effectiveness in reaching local faith groups, Veteran Service agencies, and community members.
VA Chaplain, Cohort 3
I have given excellent ratings to the entire program of MHICS. I find this educational format and delivery system the best of my graduate and post-graduate studies. The quality of the videos, poignant and challenging reaction and response questions, face-to-face video calls, case studies, in-person meetings, and the challenge to integrate the learning into my environment as a practical reality makes this one of the most comprehensive experiential education programs I have ever seen. Kudos to all who created it, refined it, and continue to deliver it in a most professional and enjoyable manner.
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MHICS Alumni2016 MHICS Cohort
|Michael Bram||Ethel Bamberg-Revis|
|Bryan Davenport||Herbert Becker|
|Clay Edinger||Douglas Falls|
|Kenya Gray||Janet Hanson|
|Frances Igboeli||James Hughes|
|Clayton Jones||Lannie Lake|
|Jason Knudeson||Ann Luna|
|Linda Lesane||David McElwain|
|Dallas Little||Robert Mueller|
|Benjamin Mayhugh||Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad|
|Eamon McGraw||Lance Qualmann|
|Michael McGruder||Richard Ross|
|Linda Murtala||Valerie Sanders|
|Charles Owens||Steven Smith|
|Robert Sterling||LaRon Stover|
|Christopher Sutton||Bruce Swingle|
|Yonatan Warren||Chris Van Inwagen|
|Jeromy Wells||Brynn White|
2014-2015 MHICS Cohort
|Jesse Adkinson||Constance Arthur|
|Chad Bellamy||Nancy Cornell|
|Carlos Brito||Alejandro De Jesus|
|Sean Burson||Octavio Di Iulio|
|Matthew Cassady||George Diller|
|Bruce Crouterfield||Tammie Elfadili|
|Christopher Earley||Jennifer Hanksmeyer|
|Stephanie Handy||Kerry Haynes|
|Alfred Matthews||Gretchen Hulse|
|Baron Miller||Beverly Hume|
|David Ravenscraft||Lyn Juckniess|
|Peter Robinson||Brian Manigold|
|Ben Sandford||Rob McLaren|
|Chuck Seligman||Joe McMahan|
|Matthew Stevens||Elizabeth Putnam|
|John Tarr||Louise Shaw|
|Mike Tomlinson||Ronald Skaggs|