An Advent Reflection Group Using “Low: An Honest Advent Devotional” by John Pavlovitz

An Advent Reflection Group Using “Low: An Honest Advent Devotional” by John Pavlovitz

In this honest Advent devotional best-selling progressive Christian author, John Pavlovitz reminds us that God came to meet us in the low places of our lives – and that Jesus continues to come low this Advent season: when we live humbly, when we seek forgiveness, in our grief and suffering, when we act on behalf of someone else, when we pray.

Counseling Theories and Techniques for Chaplains

Counseling Theories and Techniques for Chaplains

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.

The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism – A Book Study

The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism – A Book Study

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.

Research 101

Research 101

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. 

“Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resiliency, and Finding Joy”, Cheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant – A book study

“Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resiliency, and Finding Joy”, Cheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant – A book study

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.

Spiritual Care for Grieving Children

Spiritual Care for Grieving Children

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.

Caring Presence Program

Caring Presence Program

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.