About Us

pillar-s-gThe Oates Institute is a lifelong learning community for caregivers seeking to connect faith, health, and healing. Lifelong learning opportunities are provided in both online and traditional formats; including over 40 online seminars each year, an online conference, at least two Forums, and the publication of the Oates Journal.

Our membership consists of professional and lay caregivers in the fields of religion, nursing, pastoral care and counseling, medicine, social work, and therapy. They represent 43 states and 15 countries.

Membership in the learning community is $165 per year and provides free seminar registration and member access to a variety of resources.

Through online education participants experience in-depth learning that is affordable and easily accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, they have the opportunity for peer support, professional networking, and continuing education credit approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors.

In addition to short-term continuing education opportunities, the Institute currently offers the Pauline Oates Pastoral Care Specialist Certificate program, with new cohort groups beginning in September and January of each year. This certificate program was designed in collaboration with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. It is for clergy or laity who are responsible for meeting pastoral care needs within a faith community or in other ministry settings. The PCS certificate program provides training in brief, supportive pastoral care and counseling.

The Wayne E. Oates Institute was founded in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is built on Wayne E. Oates’ tradition of providing collaborative, compassionate, and integrative care for the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.