Professional Track

Schedule for the Summer collaborative learning experiences

Seminars are three-week collaborative learning experiences focusing on reading, reflection, and interaction with peers and lead to 12 CEUs


  • A Serious Call to a Contemplative Life-Style, Glenn Hinson, a book study, Facilitated by Lee Whitlock
  • Helping Children Grieve, Facilitated by Lisa Wood
  • Spiritual Care of LGBTQ persons, Facilitated by Bert Montgomery, author of Elvis, Willie, Jesus & Me, Psychic Pancakes & Communion Pancakes, Of Mice & Ministers, all three books and a new book, A Preacher and Rabbi Go to a Gay Parade contain musings about LGBTQ issues. He is also pastor of the University Baptist Church in Starkville, MS, which is a welcoming and affirming congregation
  • Spirituality and the “Nones”, A current poll indicates that 34 % of Americans identify themselves as Agnostic, Atheist, or “nothing in particular” hence the need to understand how these groups of folks think about spirituality

Two-hour self-study modules are available in the Vicki Hollon Resource library under symposium topics.  These are recordings of live presentations and Q & A by multi-disciplinary thought experts on specific spiritual care topics.


  • Spiritual Care Research 101
  • Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, a book study, Facilitated by Trish Matthews
  • Spirituality and Mental Illness
  • Spiritual Care of the Traumatic Brain Injured Person
  • Congregational Care / Caring Presence Network/ Lay Spiritual Caregiver Skills Training - Module 1


  • Thoughts from the Bedside: From Medicine to Chaplaincy and Beyond, a book study, Facilitated by the author, Bill Holmes, M.D., M.Div.
  • Spiritual Care Research 201
  • Up From the Ashes: A Journey into Addiction and Recovery, from father and son’s perspectives


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Oates Institute Professional Track Courses

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

In these uncertain times, staying current, connected, and engaged is critical for anyone dedicated to providing spiritual care. The Oates Institute offers a variety of learning opportunities to help you expand and advance your skills in this area, all of which offer up to 12 continuing education units (CEUs) upon completion.

Throughout the year, we present more than 40 online seminars, each led by faculty facilitators and structured around a small group of 8-12 participants. Without the limits of physical space or the need to be online at the same time, you’ll be able to interact with your virtual classmates from any time zone or location with internet access – fitting the learning experience into your personal schedule. The end result is ample time for personal reflection, plus feedback and insights from a supportive peer group.

Most seminars feature at least one presentation per week and are designed to run for a three-week period, unless otherwise noted.