Online Conference March 18-27, 2014

Conference Information Updates:

Thursday, March 27, Once more we anticipate two Live Discussions today. This is the last day of Live Discussions. The Discussion Group will continue through the weekend. A link to evaluations will be sent to all participants. Those wishing professional credit for time spent will need to fill that out, and indicate what they participated in. The Conference Web site will remain available through spring. Recordings of the live sessions will be placed here. Please note that the evening's Live Discussion will begin a bit later to accommodate our host.

  • 3–4 pm ET—Live Discussion with Dr. George Handzo, “Professional Health Care Chaplaincy: The Door is Wide Open”
  • 8:30–9:30 pm ET—Closing Live Discussion with Dr. Rick Underwood and Conferees

March 26. There are TWO Live discussions today.

All the presentations that we have are currently posted (and we hope you can view them). We are working to get the Live Discussion recordings posted as well (once we get them. Also, join the Conference Discussion Group (see below).

  • 3–4 pm ET—Live Discussion with Dr. Paul Simmons, "Ethics and Goals of Health Care Reform," with guests Dr. Christian Furman (Associate Professor of Geriatrics and Family Medicine) and Dr. Dee Antimisiarias (Professor of Pharmacology).
  • 8–9 pm ET—Live Discussion with Carrie Doehring, Ph.D., and Dallas Little, D.Min., "Moral Injury and the Return from War: An Image-based Reflection."

Tuesday, March 25. Join us for the Live Discussion with Dr. Joe Steier and Dianne Timmering, Signature Health, "Spirituality: The New Elixir in the Care Continuum," 8-9pm.

March 24, 2014 — Live discussions at 3pm and 8pm EDT. See Schedule above for more information and Presentations to review the presentations. Live discussion details are sent in email.

March 21, 2014 — The Live Discussion was postponed to next week due to an accident with our adobe connect consultant. Please hold Tony and his family in your prayers.

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Basic Conference Information

Chaplains, counselors, and congregational leaders who are concerned about what the future is going to look like for their professions are asking the following questions:

  • As the number of people living longer (and living longer with serious illness) continues to increase, what will this mean for pastoral and spiritual care expectations?
  • Where will the jobs be in the future? What are the emerging opportunities?
  • How will the Affordable Care Act affect healthcare chaplaincy?
  • What opportunities are emerging in the areas of palliative care? Workplace spiritual care? Post-traumatic stress and critical incident spiritual care? Other areas that are primarily outpatient care?
  • How is the provision of pastoral and spiritual care in congregations changing?
  • What do we need to learn to be prepared for those opportunities?

The conference features overlapping tracks for chaplains, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and congregational leaders. The conference will provide Continuing professional education credit for many of the activities.

Presenters will include:

  • Wendy Cadge, Ph.D., Author, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine
  • Valerie Storms, M.Div., BCC, President, Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Patricia Appelhans, JD, CEO, Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Douglas M. Ronsheim, D.Min., Executive Director, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Ron Oliver, Ph.D., BCC, System Vice-President of Mission and Outreach at Norton Health Care in Louisville, Kentucky
  • John Swinton, Ph.D., Spirituality and Health, Kings College, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Carrie Doehring, Ph.D., Iliff Seminary, developed a PTSD program for the Air Force
  • Bruce Rumbold, Ph.D., Palliative Care Senior Lecturer, Public Health, Australia
  • Dallas Little, D.Min., Air Force chaplain (Major) working with PTSD
  • Mark Grace, M.Div., BCC,  Chief Mission & Ministry Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health System
  • Malcolm Marler, D.Min., Director of Pastoral Care, University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital
  • Paul Simmons, Ph.D., Bioethicist, University of Louisville Medical School
  • George Handzo, M.Div., BCC, Healthcare Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy consultant
  • Patricia Donahoo, D.Min., Director of Women's Ministries, Disciples of Christ
  • Clifford Kuhn, MD, Psyciatrist known as the Laugh Doctor, specialist in integrative medicine
  • Joseph Steier, JD, President, Signature Healthcare
  • Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality, Signature Healthcare

participateParticipate from Anywhere:

The online format of the conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, allows you to participate from wherever you are as long as you have an Internet connection. Log in from home, office, or neighborhood coffee shop. You may participate according to your schedule at your convenience, with the exception of the scheduled Live Discussion sessions with the presenters.


Individuals (includes CEUs and extended access):

Regular registration (June 1-December 20):
$49 for members, $120 for non-members -- Membership + conference: $189

Late registration after December 20:
$69 for members, $139 for non-members -- Membership + conference: $209

Site License (as many as you can get around the screen, does not include individual CEUs):

Oates Institute members: $75  /  Non-member: $150

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Or send checks to: Wayne Oates Institute, 1733 Bardstown Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40205


  • How-To

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