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Spiritual Caregivers are constantly called on to provide a caring presence with persons in all kinds of life events. In facing the stress of everyday ministry, it is helpful from time to time to review our reasons for serving others, and revisit what it means to provide a consistence caring presence. This seminar will enable new spiritual caregivers move deeper in their ministry to others. Furthermore, the more seasoned pastoral caregiver might use the collaborative learning experience as a way to deepen their understanding and skills. Continue Reading Creating a Caring Presence

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Facilitator Hospras As the best practices continue to emerge in the field of Palliative Care, spiritual caregivers have much to offer. This seminar will be an opportunity to examine and discuss some of the latest developments as well as reviewing the tried and true methods. Learning Objectives 1. Discover and reflect on the Palliative Care… Continue Reading Issues in Spirituality and Palliative Care

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8 Lessons
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Holistic medicine means consideration of the complete person, physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually, in the management and prevention of disease. Spiritual caregivers and medical personnel bring different expertise to the effort but need to know ways to cooperate in caring for the whole person. Continue Reading Multi-disciplinary Cooperation in Caring for the Whole Person

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Facilitated by Bill Holmes, M.D. & M.Div., author of the recently released book by the same title. Overview Throughout our ministries, whether we are pastors, chaplains, or physicians, we encounter people whose lives have been thrown into a state of disorientation. Because of illness or loss, they might struggle with uncertainty about what has happened,… Continue Reading Thoughts from the Bedside (Book Study)

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The Rise of the “Nones” and the implication for spiritual care in a post-modern age What is it like to do ministry and care for the spiritual needs of people in a post-religious era? This course will look at our ministry in work in light of data about the state of religion and spirituality in… Continue Reading Spirituality and the “Nones”

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4 Lessons
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This seminar is an introduction to the world of persons with an Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI. This will acquaint you with definitions, issues, strategies, and resources to help a person and the family cope with brain injury.  As a collaborative learning seminar, you will be able share experiences, ask questions, and translate the information into your spiritual caregiver practice. Continue Reading Spiritual Care of the Traumatic Brain Injury Person and Family

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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 will draw on these to provide practical guidance for spiritual caregivers working in the mental health field. Continue Reading Spirituality and Mental Health Care

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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 tremendous spiritual, emotional, and even physical harm done to them in the name of religion.… Continue Reading Spiritual Care of LGBTQ Persons

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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. Continue Reading Caring Presence Program

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15 Lessons
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A Serious Call to a Contemplative Life-Style by Glenn Hinson A Book study Facilitated by L. Lee Whitlock Summary of Course and Objective: This course is not about contemplative activities; rather it will help us develop a contemplative lifestyle. The Apostle Paul says in I Thessalonians 5: 14 And we urge you, beloved, to admonish… Continue Reading The Spiritual Caregiver as Contemplative

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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. Continue Reading Integrating Spirituality and Health Care

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3 Lessons
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Addictions in their various forms present difficulties and opportunities for church families. The difficulties are, of course, obvious. Addictions disrupt families, church and communities. The problem of addictions is not only spiritual, it also exacerbates physical and financial resources of the family and spiritual community. Services available through pastoral care settings are too often a resource of last resort. Care givers are reluctant to intervene where they are uninvited, and a common trait of addicted individuals is denial and thus are reluctant to reach out for help. This seminar guides the counselor through the opportunity to minister to the addicted individual and the family. In so doing, the spiritual community is served as well. Continue Reading Spiritual Care of the Alcohol and Drug Addicted

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2 Lessons
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Facilitator: TBA This is a three week online collaborative learning discussion led by a facilitator. 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… Continue Reading Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

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1 Lessons