faces-redCaregiving professionals are frequently blindsided by dual relationships as well as the intimacy of the professional's relationship with client/patient/parishioner. To help pastors, counselors, chaplains, social workers, and nurses address the challenges of these issues, the Oates Institute is offering an online seminar on Holding the Boundaries: Professional Ethics in Practice. The seminar runs September 9–27, 2013 and offers 12 contact hours of continuing education credit.

Professional organizations, licensure boards, and denominational agencies have recognized the challenges of the professional's relationship with client/patient/parishioner. This has prompted them to require professional caregivers to show annual continuing education in the area of professional ethics. This 12 contact hour continuing education seminar meets those requirements. It features peer group dialogue around a collection of articles addressing the nature of these boundaries and their implications for the role of professional caregivers. Participants may attend from anywhere that they have Internet access.

This seminar features presentations byu the following:  

  • Dr. Wayne Clark, former Director of Clinical Training, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Counseling Training Center in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dr. Leah Taylor, Behavioral Health Specialist with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  • Dr. Karrie Oertli, Director of Pastoral Services and the Administrative Director of the James L. Hall Center for Mind, Body, Spirit at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
  • Dr. William Clough, Program Chair, Pastoral Community Counseling Program, Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida
  • Dr. Janet Forbes, Senior Pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  • Dr. Marie Fortune, Founder and Senior Analyst at the Faith Trust Institute in Seattle, Washington

Dr. Wayne Clark begins our journey with his article wherein he states that “…ethical character springs from the hidden self revealed completely to God, but by everyone through our actions.” Drs. Leah Taylor and Karrie Oertli focus on boundaries in the care professions, particularly in “…professionals’ inattention to the concept of intimacy in the professional/client relationship.” Dr. William Clough continues this discussion in his article “Wandering along the Boundary Lines." Dr. Janet Forbes’ article speaks to the issues faced by an afterpastor both for the congregation and the afterpastor. Dr. Marie Fortune’s sermon “Sheep in the Midst of Wolves," speaks to all of us who have been/are sheep and professionally have been/are shepherds.

This seminar features the Oates Institute's Connected Learning approach and is limited to 12 participants. It offers 12 contact hours of continuing education for ministers, counselors, chaplains, and social workers. To qualify for the CEUs participants are expected to read the presentations and participate in the email discussion by contributing at least two email messages per week. One message is to reflect on the presentations or case studies in light of one's personal experience and context and the second is to respond to someone else’s reflection or inquiry.


Members of the Oates Institute may register for this (and any seminar) for free, others may register for only $90.

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