Oates Institute


Weaving together the disciplines of spiritual care, health and wellness, psychology and more.

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Professional Track

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

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Congregational Track

For non-professionals, to help congregations expand ministries and to facilitate the development of pastoral care teams.

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Book Study: Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice

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…
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Hope as a Dynamic for Healing

Facilitator: TBD 12 contact hours What role does the dynamic of hope play in one’s healing and overall health and well-being? This question continues to take on more meaning as health care approaches become more integrated and holistic. This seminar offers participants the opportunity to explore the role of hope, future stories, and the creation…
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Care at the End of Life: Ethical and Spiritual Issues

Facilitator: TBA 12.0 contact hours In the care of persons dealing with end of life issues spiritual care givers / chaplains are often sought out to help patients, family members, and colleagues understand the spiritual and ethical values related to: Hope when there is no cure Personal autonomy and human dignity at the end of…
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Interfaith Cooperation

Interfaith Cooperation and Respect

Interfaith Cooperation and Respect:  Care to All in an Age of Religious Pluralism Summary: Christians and Jews, but also Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and the followers of many other religions believe in values like peace, respect, humility, tolerance, and dignity.  A focus on these similarities will bring people together and help us build compassionate and cooperative…
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Loneliness in the Digital Age

Digital media allow us to be connected with people all of the time and all over the world. Has the possibility of constant connection led to an increased sense of personal belonging or loneliness? One current measure of loneliness in the United States suggests that 44 million Americans are chronically lonely, potentially a public health…
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Dialogue and Deep Understanding in Race Relations

The Need for Continued Dialogue and Deep Listening in Regards to Understanding Race Relations will be facilitated by author, producer, and speaker, Yvette Johnson. Johnson will use her book, The Song of the Silence: A Story about Family, Race and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker…
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Resources and Seminars

The Oates Institute hosts virtual seminars in a wide variety of areas with some of the finest clinicians in the country.

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You’re entering a unique global learning community for spiritual and pastoral care. Here, you’ll find colleagues, collaborators, and facilitators committed to exploring the integration of spirituality, psychology, medicine, and ethics. You’ll delve into relevant topical research. Learn practical strategies you can implement. And grow professionally and personally, earning continuing education credits.

For more than 20 years, the Oates Institute has offered thought provoking online seminars presented by facilitators who challenge and inspire, often leading discussions into new and uncharted areas as we collectively work to raise the standard of spiritual care. We invite you to explore our website and our offerings and see how you can bring new dimensions to the spiritual care you provide.