Weaving together the disciplines of spiritual care, health and wellness, psychology and more.

Earn Continuing Education Units while expanding your Spiritual Care learning in four ways:

Professional Track

For chaplains, counselors, pastors, social workers, and other caregivers working from a mind-body-spirit perspective.

Caring Presence Program

For non-professionals, to help congregations or organizations facilitate the development of spiritual care teams.


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Spiritual Care of Diverse Populations

Course will be postponed till August 2019 Facilitator: Jose Albovias, M. Div., Th. M.  Overview:  Diversity is not just a new word in our vocabulary, it is a new way of life.  Spiritual caregivers are faced every day with persons ...
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Spiritual Care of LGBTQ Persons

Course begins July 9th While better understanding and some acceptance of LGBTQ persons has occurred in society, there is still much to be learned in order to extend respectful spiritual care. Spiritual caregivers have a responsibility to educate and advocate ...
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Spiritual Care Research 101

A special introductory interview with Judith R. Ragsdale, M. Div., Ph.D, Sr. Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Professor, Division of General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, Facilitator, Rick Underwood, M. Div., D. Min., M.S. Certified chaplains are required to take ...
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Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care

Registration Deadline, June 4th, Start date, June 11th Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care, Facilitator, Dina Carroll,  M. Div., Spiritual Care Manager, Hosparus, Louisville As the best practices continue to emerge in the field of Palliative Care, spiritual caregivers have ...
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Holy Envy Book Study

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others (Book Study)

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, a book written by New York Times Best Selling Author, Barbara Brown Taylor will be discussed during our three-week collaborative learning seminar. The course is a three-week online seminar course that ...
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Healthy & Unhealthy Religion

This course begins in Mid-March 2019. This collaborative learning seminar facilitated by Lee Whitlock draws from Wayne E. Oates book, When Religion Gets Sick and other articles addressing this important topic for all spiritual caregivers.  The study will include the ...
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The Need for Ongoing Interracial Dialogue

Oates Institute invites all to join the conversation on issues related to racial justice through its unique spring symposium. For twenty-five years, the Institute has been setting the standard for spiritual caregiver skills, understanding and strategies for compassionate caring of…

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You’re entering a unique global learning community for spiritual and pastoral care. Here, you’ll find colleagues, collaborators, and facilitators committed to exploring the integration of spirituality, psychology, medicine, and ethics. You’ll delve into relevant topical research. Learn practical strategies you can implement. And grow professionally and personally, earning continuing education credits.

For more than 20 years, the Oates Institute has offered thought provoking online seminars presented by facilitators who challenge and inspire, often leading discussions into new and uncharted areas as we collectively work to raise the standard of spiritual care. We invite you to explore our website and our offerings and see how you can bring new dimensions to the spiritual care you provide.