Envisioning the Future of Spiritual CareEnvisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, the fall conference 2013, is just over twelve weeks away. We have posted the preliminary Live Discussion schedule for the conference so that those who are planning on participating can start putting those times on their calendar. The Live Discussions, which will kick off with an opening session featuring Dr. Paul Simmons with the University of Louisville School of Medicine on the Future of Health Care, are the only "real time" events during the conference. They are the only time that we seek to bring participants and presenters together in the same place at the same time. Everything else for the conference is time flexible, access when it is convenient to your schedule from wherever you are. The Live Discussions, each providing one contact hour of continuing education credit, provide particpants the opportunity to engage the presenters in conversation around their presentations.

participateEnvisioning the Future of Spiritual Care begins on Wednesday, November 6, and continues through Friday, November 15. The Conference Center will open on November 4 providing access to all of the presentations and exhibits. Each day of the conference will feature specific presentations (even though they will all be available throughout the conference) and Live Discussions with those presenters.

This is a participate from wherever you are conference. Everything is online. To give everyone a chance to see if this is something one can do from wherever you are, we are holding a Pre-Conference "How-To" workshop October 15-16 that will demonstrate every aspect of the actual conference and provide tutorials for how to do things as well as hands on opportunities to try them out.

Presenters for the fall conference, Envisioning the Future of Spiritual Care, include:

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

participateYou may participate in this conference from wherever you are as long as you have Internet access. Presentations and some of the discussion and other activities will be available at your convenience. There will be a series of scheduled Live Discussions with the presenters providing the opportunity for real time interaction around their presentations. Prior to the conference, we will hold a how-to workshop to help participants get the most out of this online conference.

Registration for the conference is $49 for Oates Institute members and $120 for non-members. Registration includes:

  • Admission to the Pre-Conference Workshop on How to Get the Most Out of the Online Conference
  • Access to all of the presentions
  • Access to all of the Plenary Live Discussion Sessions
  • Access to the Bookstore and Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • Opportunity to participate in small group discussion
  • Continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, pastors, and social workers
  • Access to everything in the Conference Center for at least three months following the conference

For non-members, there is a special offer providing a full year of Oates Institute membership with all of the continuing education opportunities we provide plus conference registration for only $189 (Oates Institute membership is $165 per year). (It is also a pretty good way for members to add a year to their memberships at a discount as well.)

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 Checks may be mailed to the Wayne Oates Institute, 1733 Bardstown Road, Louiville, Kentucky 40205. Or call the office at 502.459.2370.