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:


Balancing Personal Faith and the Faith of Others

Course begins March 10th Religious Pluralism is here to stay.  This is true not only among major religious traditions of the world but also the tremendous varieties of beliefs among the many sub-groups within Christianity. Whether it is in a ...
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Burnout: How to Hold Out the Light Without Burning Out

Course begins March 10th Spiritual caregivers are frequently called on to walk with persons traveling through all kinds of spiritual and emotional darkness.  There is an expectation that the spiritual caregiver will offer some light amid that darkness.  Light is ...
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“Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resiliency, and Finding Joy”, Cheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant – A book study

Course begins January 14th From Facebook’s COO and Wharton’s top-rated professor, the #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Lean In and Originals: a powerful, inspiring, and practical book about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. This ...
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Spiritual Care for Grieving Children

Course begins January 14th The participants in the seminar will explore through articles and peer discussion various ways that children and adolescents experience and express grief with respect to their developmental stages.  Moreover, the focus will be on how spiritual ...
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The Spiritual Caregiver as Contemplative

Your Brain On Gratitude: How a neuroscientists used his research to heal from Grief

This course will run from December 16th - December 22nd. “Your brain on gratitude: How a neuroscientist used his research to heal from grief” a reflection on an article by Liz Tung discussing Glenn Fox’s use of his learning about ...
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Woman being counseled as a mental health patient might

Nudging Empathy: Harnessing Motivation to Create Sustainable Empathic Choices

This course will run from December 16th - December 22nd. C. Daryl Cameron, an assistant professor of psychology at Penn State, argues there’s a good case for seeing empathy as a renewal resource. He is currently leading a three-year project ...
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Important Coronavirus Notice

We all know the importance of debriefing our feelings and thoughts about stressful events. This process allows us to release emotions that we hold in check while ministering to those in spiritual crisis. Further, it provides an opportunity to share…

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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.