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

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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.


Man receiving treatment after a brain injury

Spiritual Care of the Traumatic Brain Injury Persona and Family

This seminar, facilitated by Eddie Reynolds, M. Div., and Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky, is an introduction to the world of persons with an Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI. This will acquaint you with definitions, issues, ...
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Spirituality and Mental Health Care

A person’s sense of spirituality informs his or her awareness of self and of the society around them, and is intrinsic to their mental well-being. This seminar will explore the connections between mental health or illness and spirituality and it ...
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Rainbow pattern symbolic of LGBTQ movement

Spiritual Care of the LGBTQ Persons

There is a popular misconception that falling into any of the several non-binary, non-heterosexual categories of identity/orientation automatically removes a person from spirituality and faith. Yet, many Lesbian/Gay/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) persons profess faith or yearn for spirituality. Many have also experienced ...
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The Spiritual Caregiver as Contemplative

The Spiritual Caregiver as Contemplative

This course is a book study of Glenn Hinson's A Serious Call to a Contemplative Life-Style facilitated by L. Lee Whitlock. It is not about contemplative activities, but to help students develop a contemplative lifestyle. Whitlock says, "We are not ...
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Helping Children Grieve

Helping Children Grieve

In what ways do children experience grief and loss? Why is it important for children to express their grief? How may we be best at helping children grieve during times of bereavement so every child has the chance to heal? ...
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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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Woman praying for sick man

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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Book cover: Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

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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Woman praying while standing in an ocean

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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Oates Life Long Newsletter – May 14, 2018

In This Issue … The is Opioid Addiction Crisis: What is it? How did we get here? What can we do about it? There is more than one way to Earn CEU’s at the Oates Institute Schedule for the Summer…

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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.