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.


Hands folded in contemplation or prayer

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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Grieving man

Grief and the Healing Arts

This course begins in Mid-March 2019. Facilitated by Gail Henson, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Communication at Bellarmine University, Current civic volunteer with refugees and immigrants and Hosparus. “With sighs and groans too deep for words”:  sometimes the Spirit of God ...
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Getting a seat at the leadership table

Strategic Chaplaincy

This seminar will focus on getting a seat among the leadership team for any pastoral care or spiritual organization. It will be led by a former pastoral counseling center CEO with experience as a pastoral consultant in a large hospital ...
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Religions can sway from their intent

When Religion Gets Sick (Book Study)

When Religion Gets Sick, written by Dr. Wayne Oates, is widely regarded as one of the classics. "Sick religion" is defined by Dr. Oates as one that "hinders the basic functions of life." In this book he uses a case ...
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Caring for the mind, body and spirit

Spiritual Care Implications of Integrative Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine

Peter Beucker, M.D., a former Orthopedic Surgeon shares his journey from very busy and in demand Surgeon who specialized in the removal and treatment of tumors and cancer in the extremities to pursuing a career in Integrative Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine. After ...
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Research in spiritual care

Spiritual Care Research 101

In the last few years, a number of experts have argued for greater spiritual caregiver involvement in empirical research as a way to help spiritual caregivers improve the help they provide. Further, understanding and participation in empirical research in spiritual ...
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Pondering Ethics during Yoga

Holding the Boundaries: Ethics in Practice

One of the most important and problematic areas of concern in the spiritual caregivers exists within the boundaries between professionals and clients/patients. It is essential that spiritual caregivers refresh their understanding of boundaries and how to regulate them in relationships ...
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Creating a Caring Presence

REGISTER BY: January 8, 2019 BEGINS:  January 15, 2019   Spiritual Caregivers are constantly called on to provide a caring presence with persons in all kinds of life events. In facing the stress of everyday ministry, it is helpful from ...
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A palliative care patient stares out his window

Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care

As the best practices continue to emerge in the field of Palliative Care, spiritual caregivers have much to offer. This seminar will be an opportunity to examine and discuss some of the latest developments as well as reviewing the tried ...
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Multi-disciplinary Cooperation in Caring for the Whole Person

Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, in the management and prevention of disease. Spiritual caregivers are expert in bringing their skills and knowledge to address the spiritual issues of a patient in this ...
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Dr. E. Glenn Hinson Named 2018 Wayne E. Oates Award Recipient

Dr. E. Glenn Hinson is the 2018 Wayne E. Oates Award Recipient. The Oates Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. (gathering and heavy hors d’oeuvres) with the program following shortly after a 7 p.m.,…

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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.