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

Professional Track

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

Congregational Track

For non-professionals, to help congregations expand ministries and to facilitate the development of pastoral care teams.


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May Symposium – Opiod Crisis: Integrative Medicine and Spiritual Care Implications

Our May content will feature a live symposium entitled Opioid Crisis: Integrative Medicine and Spiritual Care Implications. This online event will include six experts presenting live through Adobe Connect with opportunity for you to interact and learn while the full discussion ...
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Integrating Spirituality and Health Care

REGISTER BY APRIL 10! - Integrating Spirituality and Healthcare will explore the issue of spirituality and its changing nature as it applies to healthcare and to the patient, family, staff, and to the chaplain or other spiritual caregiver. The course ...
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The Power to Bless

REGISTER BY APRIL 10 --This course will use Myron Madden’s book The Power to Bless to examine the concept of blessing, interactions between parents and children that curse, and giving and receiving blessing outside the family.  Through peer interaction, we will learn ...
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End of Life Issues: Ethical and Spiritual

In the care of persons dealing with end of life issues spiritual care givers and chaplains are often sought out to help patients, family members, and colleagues understand the spiritual and ethical values related to hope, human dignity, pain and ...
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Hope as a Dynamic for Healing

What role does the dynamic of hope play in one’s healing and overall health and well-being? This question continues to take on more meaning as health care approaches become more integrated and holistic. This seminar offers participants the opportunity to ...
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Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

With her previous bestsellers, Dr. Brené Brown helped us realize that vulnerability is the birthplace for trust, courage, joy, creativity, and love. Yet a willingness to be vulnerable means accepting that life will sometimes knock us down. Where do we ...
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The New is Live!

Welcome to a new day at the Wayne Oates Institute. Our new online learning experience is live and ready for you to see! Navigate over to and see the improved design and user experience for our online learning community.…

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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.