The Care of Troublesome People


Lifelong Learning features letter from Executive Director and November Seminar information.
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2015 Rick Underwood

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In this issue:  

  • Thoughts from the Executive Director
  • Seminars in November
  • Director’s Blog
  • Coming Year
  • Membership & Contributions

Thoughts from the Executive Director 

Happy belated pastoral care week to our friends around the world!

Frankly, the week sneaked up on us and passed before realizing it was here. Spiritual Care Together captures what all us involved in spiritual care are trying to communicate to our multi-disciplined team members. Moreover, the theme speaks to what we at the Oates Institute are trying to do with you.

Thank you for the important work you do! May God’s richest blessing wash over you as you go about doing your work.

Seminars in November 

November and December are typically down months at the Oates Institute because they are such busy time of the year for everyone. However, before taking December off, we want to offer a brand new seminar. Spirituality and the Psychiatric Patient will be presented starting November 10th. Dale McAbee, a long-time chaplain in an in-patient psychiatric hospital, will share his reflections and lead the discussion. I have known of Dale’s work and read his paper and I am absolutely convinced you will be informed, provoked and inspired by this seminar. Read More.

We will also offer the seminar on The Care of Troublesome People. Caring for Troublesome People (built around the Wayne Oates book) Whether in the family or in the church, a free flow of information is needed for healthy relationships. Troublesome people can become confused when they perceive manipulation, cleverness, or insincerity in someone who is dealing with and coping with them. In The Care of Troublesome People, Dr. Oates combines family systems theory, insightful analysis of five types of behavior that often create conflict, and biblically-based approaches for dealing with such behavior in this practical guide for pastoral care givers. Read more.

Members may register for seminars free with a brief email to [email protected]. Just let us know which seminar you are interested in. Non-members are also welcome, and for a small fee of $95, register using the MEMBERSHIP button at We DO need to know what seminar you are registering for, so be sure to add that information in your registration text (or send us a confirmation at [email protected]).

Director’s Blog 

The Director’s Blog is something new we have added to the website. A couple of weeks ago, Rick Underwood spent five days at the International Congress for Pastoral Care and Counseling Conference. Over 350 participants representing many faith groups and cultures from 35 countries convened to discuss ways to better care for each other and the many diverse populations that we serve. It was a very thought-provoking and stimulating time! Check the blog out and let us know what you think.

We’ll give you a link below, but if you forget, just go to the bottom of the home page at and click on Director’s BLOG.

Coming Year 

Our Program Committee has been hard at work and we have an exciting line up in the coming year. Check out the line up under the Professional tab as you explore the site, or go there NOW.

Membership campaign.

Please take time to renew your membership and or make a contribution so we can continue to offer the most spiritual care collaborative learning experiences on the WWW.  Join us NOW.

PARTICIPATE! Become a part of the Oates Institute. If you would like to contribute to the work of the Oates Institute in a financial way, please DONATE HERE. If you are interested in writing or helping with our expanding web site, contact [email protected]. If you are interested in becoming part of planning or board work, please contact our Executive Director, Rick Underwood, at [email protected]

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