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:

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

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


Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations, a book study by the author, Dr. Denise Massey

Overview: Spiritual Caregivers have been challenged as never before to be able to have compassionate conversations with persons struggling with all kinds of issues. Dr. Massey’s book is a straight forward process that is easy to remember and practice in ...
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The Use of Humor in Counseling and Therapy

Facilitator: Peter Wong Course Overview Humor has existed since the beginning of humankind. If used appropriately, humor can enhance the effectiveness of counseling and therapy. We will begin with exploring the basic theories related to humor and its functions in ...
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Counseling Theories and Techniques for Chaplains

Facilitator: Chaplain Melanie Childers  Overview: While many counseling interventions require advanced training and certification, others are quite accessible to a wider audience and could be useful tools in the chaplain’s repertoire. This course will focus on understanding and developing the ...
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The Emotional Freedom Technique for Life

Facilitator, Karen Lovett, M. Div.  Overview: Spiritual Caregivers are always in search of cutting-edge tools for self-care and stress management for clients, patients, and staff.  With three live and recorded virtual sessions, participants will learn the basic recipe for tapping (EFT) ...
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Creativity and Spiritual Care

The course begins on August 18th. Overview: Spiritual CareGivers are always exploring new ways to connect with and care for clients, patients, and staff.  During the pandemic, the challenge to be creative has never been more needed. This seminar will ...
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Building Resilience to Trauma and Adverse Events

Course begins July 21th Overview Throughout the last six months, spiritual caregivers of all types have been overloaded with stress. The results of the pandemic for some has been a loss of a job.  For others, the challenge of supporting ...
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Registration Open for June’s Symposium on Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care

WHAT: Trauma-Informed Spiritual Care: Help for the Ongoing Trauma and Aftermath of COVID-19 An Online Symposium presented by Oates Institute, comprising 8 live one-hour presentations by multidisciplinary speakers. REGISTER HERE WHEN: June 2 – 12, 2020 Live presentations will take place at…

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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.