Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Michael C. Whittington


Suicide Prevention, Spiritual Care, Military Veterans


Counseling | Military and Veterans Studies


The focus of this study is to highlight the growing concern with the suicide rate among United States military veterans. This study seeks to demonstrate how spiritual care can help many veterans that are suffering from thoughts of suicide, by providing various theories of integration between psychotherapy and theology. The methods chosen for integration are the integrationist perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Christian cognitive therapy. The focus of the integration is to help prevent veterans who are at risk of suicide, by focusing on a treatment plan that helps the totality of a person. The theoretical orientation provided offers insight into how to propose a holistic approach to treatment that addresses the mind, body, and spirit of the veteran client. This treatment plan of integration may also help non-veterans that are also suffering from anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), grief, shame, and thoughts of suicide, but most specifically for the veteran client. The purpose of this study is to distinguish what greater role Spiritual Health Care Providers can have in the lives of veterans, by helping to prevent the overwhelming number of suicides among United States military veterans.