We are at the end of April with May just a couple of days away. We have an exciting group of seminars coming up May 6-24 with topics ranging from palliative care to to providing care for bereaved parents to exploring family systems in a second set of fables from Edwin Friedman. Each of these seminars offer 12 contact hours of continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, social workers, and pastors while also providing the opportunity to participate from wherever you are according to your schedule. But you need to register now for May seminars; the deadline is Wednesday, May 1.
May seminars include:
Breaking the Myths: Spirituality and Palliative Care — At the request and encouragement of prior participants in this seminar, we are offering it one more time this year. The presenter, a pastoral educator and palliative care patient, invites participants to engage in conversation around how this field is changing and the emerging opportunities for spiritual care (more...)
Exploring Family Systems in Friedman's Fables Part Two — Dr. Ed Friedman’s storytelling ability from the seminal resource Generation to Generation, which is about Bowen family systems, comes alive in the book Friedman’s Fables. This seminar explores three of the the fables to look at family relationships, each dealing with dilemmas and each providing fresh perspectives on familiar human foibles that go beyond the family. This seminar class explores different fables from Part One, but is not built on it. Communication is an emotional process that depends on the relationship between those involved. (more...)
Pastoral Care and Suicide will pick up on current events and provide a foundational learning experience about depression, suicide, and community resources as well as an opportunity to gain self understanding about the topic. (more...)
Reading as a Pathway to the Spirit — This course is presented by Jan Olandese and invites participants to reflect on faith and spirituality as they intersect with ecology, water, desert, and suicide in John d' Agata's book, About a Mountain. (more...)
Spiritual But Not Religious: Leaving Church — Using the book Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor, this seminar explores how people are losing faith in the church and much of religion, but not with God. This seminar is FULL. (more...)
Spiritual Care for Bereaved Parents — We have words for children whose parents have died and for spouses whose spouse has died, but we do not have a word for parents whose child has died. Through writings and movies this seminar explores this experience and some avenues for providing pastoral and spiritual care. (more...)
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 May 1. Seminars may be postponed or cancelled if there are insufficient registrations.