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Mental Health Integration for Chaplain Services

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Testimonials

Participants

"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." - VA Chaplain from Cohort 3

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What is MHICS?

Collage of MHICS presenters from didactics 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.

Collage of Images and  MHICS presenters from didactics


Collage of  More MHICS presenters from didactics 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 Psychological Health Center of Excellence, 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.
Collage of  MHICS training modalities

 

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
healthcare chaplain Navy Chaplain, Cohort 2
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.

DoD chaplain

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.

Military chaplain 


Testimonial letter from MHICS Chaplain in the Navy

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Spotlight on The MHICS Chaplain Community


MHICS Alumni

2017-2018 MHICS Cohort

Cohort 3 MHICS Class

DoD   VA
Jeremiah Blackburn   Chris Antal
Robert Bradshaw   Brett Cartwright
Michael Carollo   Linda Conyers
Robert Carter   Jennifer Crane
Tara Dixon   Shirley Craven
Rashad El-Saddiq   Paul Dordal
Aaron Fuller   Jennifer Dukes
Henry Hahm   Fredi Eckhardt
Travis Hairston   Sara Emmerich
Jason Hart   Janis Grubbs
Steven Hervey   Charles Hall
Michael Kennedy   Manuel Mak
A'Shellarien Lang   Barrington Malcolm
Michael Moreno   Gary Morris
Christopher Morgan   James Parnell
Brent Mulder   Patricia Roberts
Christina Pryor-Pittman   Edward Rogland
Nakia Robinson   Henry Rutledge
Kevin Sears   Robin Sullens
Richard Smothers   Drew Tomberlin
Gerald Woodford   David White
    Phillip Willis Jr.

 
2016 MHICS Cohort

Cohort 2 MHICS Class

 

DoD   VA
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
    Kimberly Willis
    Will Wise

2014-2015 MHICS Cohort
Cohort 1 MHICS Class

DoD   VA
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
    Cliff Vicars