January is a perfect month for taking advantage of online continuing education opportunities. Just settle in next to the fire and log in on your laptop to connect with colleagues around the world as part of one of the Oates Institute's online seminars. Seven seminars covering a variety of topics will be offered January 13-31. Each of these seminars provide participants with maximum schedule flexibility and 12 contact hours of approved continuing education credit in a social learning context.
During this month you may also take advantage of the Pastoral Care Group membership discount of 20% by becoming a member for $132 and registering for a seminar. Seminar registration is free for Oates Institute members.
January opportunities include:
Fiction, Spirituality, and Holistic Care —This seminar features the novel, The Sweet By and By, in which Todd Johnson shares with us the lives of five very different Southern women who unexpectedly connect in the context of a nursing home. In the midst of the stories, seminar participants will look at issues around holistic care and aging. It is fictional, but it is a great case study. (more...)
Hope as a Dynamic for Healing addresses the role that the dynamic of hope plays in one's healing and overall health and wellbeing, which continues to take on more meaning as healthcare approaches become more integrated and holistic. (more...)
Human Values and Health Care — As we provide care for persons who are aged, impaired, or institutionalized and members of their families, how do we address the issues of Personal Autonomy, Informed Consent, Human Dignity, Futile Treatment, and Intervention? (more...)
The Power to Bless — The Power to Bless is one of the Oates Institute's most popular seminars. One participant described it as "Awesome!" Others have talked about it as life changing and ministry changing. This is a seminar that explores both the presence and absence of blessing in our lives. It reflects on blessing the next generation and the return of the blessing to the prior generation. (more...)
Thriving in the Whirlwind: Lifelong Learning for Effective Ministry— Whether one is navigating through new stages of one's ministry career or adapting to cultural change, lifelong learning is a critical part of the process. This seminar will feature three presentations that will address why lifelong learning is a concern, lifelong learning as a spiritual discipline, and emerging opportunities for lifelong learning. (more...)
When Religion Gets Sick — "Sick religion" is defined by Dr. Wayne Oates in his book, When Religion Gets Sick, as religion that "hinders the basic functions of life." The Oates Institute is offering a three-week online seminar October 3–21 to address questions such as: When does religion get sick? What kinds of experiences result from sick religion? How can spiritual caregivers help people who have such experiences? (more...)
January Book Group: The Best Possible Care (January 27-31) — Dr. Ira Byock, one of the foremost palliative-care physicians in the country, argues that end-of-life care is among the biggest national crises facing us today. In addressing the crisis, politics has trumped reason. Dr. Byock explains that to ensure the best possible care for those we love-and eventually ourselves- we must not only remake our healthcare system, we must also move past our cultural aversion to talking about death and acknowledge the fact of mortality once and for all. (more...)
Pre-Conference Workshop: How to Get the Most Out of the Online Conference — In anticipation of Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care February 5-14, the Oates Institute will be hosting a free Pre-Conference How-to Workshop that will be open to everyone January 21-22. This will be a nuts and bolts, how-to-do-it workshop that will introduce the various tools and platforms we are using for the conference. It is a workshop that will allow you to try everything out to see how it works and whether it works on your computer. (more...)
January seminars run January 13-31. They offer 12 contact hours of continuing eduction credit and they are free for Oates Institute members (and only $35–90 per seminar for non-members).
Participants are invited to join in small group peer-to-peer learning as they engage in conversation around presented resources combined with the opportunity to reflect on and share, out of their experience. By using email discussion groups and online classrooms, participants may engage in the seminars as it is convenient to their schedules. Registration is free for Oates Institute Clinical members and $90 for non-members. Registration for each seminar is limited to 12 participants. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 2. Seminars may be postponed or cancelled if there are insufficient registrations.