July seminars offer a real balance for Oates Institute Members and friends. Are you looking for class on boundaries and ethics, we have that. Or you can explore How to Care for Troublesome People or Exploring the Gifts of Imperfection. We are offering five seminars in July AND continuing our popular book studies with a book study on Peter Steinke's Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (dates to be arranged).
As many of you know, Oates Institute seminars are free for members, but they are also open to non-members for a small fee. If you have not tried it, you may wish to take this opportunity to take a seminar and explore for yourself the difference of our connected learning. Our members are from not just the Unites States but also include a number of international participants and facilitators. Carl Aikin, from Australia, just finished a terrific class on Finding a Common Language tha treally dug into the issues of language in spiritual caregiving.
How to Care for Troublesome People—July 14–August 1, 2014. How can we approach troubled and troublesome people in our lives, whether in the congregation, the hospital, or whatever our work setting? How do we continue to be caring, affirming, and grounded in God's grace when dealing with them? This online seminar uses Dr. Wayne Oates' book, The Care of Troublesome People, and which explores the subject with a multi-disciplinary approach including family systems theory, to provide insightful analysis of five types of behavior that often create conflict, and biblically-based approaches for dealing with such behavior. Read More.
Holding the Boundaries: Professional ethics in practice—July 14–August 1, 2014. The issues of dual relationships and the intimacy of professional-client/patient/parishioner relationships frequently blindside care giving professionals; whether they are counselors, chaplains, pastors, social workers, or nurses. Read more.
Exploring the Gifts of Imperfection: Let go of who you think you are supposed to be and embrace who you are—July 14–August 1, 2014. Who are we? Why do we so often fall short of our goals for ourselves and others? By seeking to understand our limitations and accepting the inevitably of failure and pain, we begin to ease the hurt and move toward a greater sense of serenity and self-awareness. Read more.
Exploring the Power of Story in Spiritual Care—July 14-August 1, 2014. We are all made up of stories that shape our faith, our identity, our lives. As spiritual caregivers, we are often presented with quantitative information that describes the lives of those we serve; teasing out the narratives that make up who we are can bear tremendous and healing fruit. These stories are sometimes gritty and realistic, and sometimes they feel like "fish stories," but in every case they reveal truth about who we are, what we need, and what we have to offer. Read more.
Struggle to Be Free: Learning and sharing our stories—July 14–August 1, 2014. Wayne Oates wrote "Life without struggle is but dull habit. Life with struggle is often painful and sometimes perilous, but always adventurous." This seminar invites participants to explore how the story of our struggle to be free, whether from fear, poverty, racism, sexism, or whatever, intersects with Wayne Oates' experience as described in his book, The Struggle to Be Free, and how we might help those we serve to explore the stories of their own struggle to be free. Read more.
July Book Group: Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times by Peter Steinke—July dates tbd. The book group for July will explore the book Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What by Peter L. Steinke. Further information and dates for this book group will be forthcoming. Read more.
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