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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 everyday settings.

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0 Lessons
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 counseling and therapy

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3 Lessons
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 skills and techniques involved in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, for enhancing chaplaincy strategies and interventions.

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3 Lessons
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) as well as the latest research on WHY and HOW it works.

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2 Lessons
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 stimulate innovation and creative thinking as it applies to spiritual care, spirituality, and self-care.

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2 Lessons
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 those experiencing the trauma of change and loss has been overwhelming.

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0 Lessons
The Color of Compromise is both enlightening and compelling, telling a history we either ignore or just do not know. Equal parts painful and inspirational, it details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.

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0 Lessons
he course will include basic understanding of terms and strategies for finding, reading and understanding spiritual care and other medical research.  This three-week seminar will be an opportunity to read, reflect and share thoughts and questions about research in general and spiritual research in particular. 

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3 Lessons
Free
Dina Carroll, Spiritual Care Program Coordinator, Hosparus Health, Louisville and Southern Indiana brings years of experience as a spiritual caregiver, spiritual director, and Licensed Pastoral Counselor to bear as she facilitates this seminar.

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2 Lessons
Free
In preparation for the two-week online symposium: Trauma Informed Spiritual Care, this seminar will provide an overview of trauma-informed care and why it is important.

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2 Lessons
Free
This seminar will explore this balancing act and through a collaborative learning process and reflecting on resources discuss the tensions, challenges, and rewards of having a deeper understanding of what separates us and what brings us together. 

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3 Lessons
Free
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.

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3 Lessons
Free
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 is an invaluable study for spiritual caregivers who are always helping persons discover an Option B after life-changing circumstances.

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0 Lessons
Free
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 caregivers can facilitate meaningful dialogue during the individual’s processing of the initial grief stages.

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0 Lessons
Free
The Caring Presence Program is a special program divided into two Modules, presented as Lessons, that are designed to educate people to help others through a mind, body and spirit perspective. The CPP, formerly known as the Congregational Care Network is the Oates Institute's online training that provides lay spiritual caregivers with better skills to extend spiritual care to communities of faith and beyond.

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20 Lessons