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Welcome to the Oates Institute!

You’re entering a unique global learning community for spiritual and pastoral care. Here, you’ll find colleagues, collaborators, and facilitators committed to exploring the integration of spirituality, psychology, medicine, and ethics. You’ll delve into relevant topical research. Learn practical strategies you can implement. And grow professionally and personally, earning continuing education credits. For more than 20 years, the Oates Institute has offered thought provoking online seminars presented by facilitators who challenge and inspire, often leading discussions into new and uncharted areas as we collectively work to raise the standard of spiritual care. We invite you to explore our website and our offerings and see how you can bring new dimensions to the spiritual care you provide.

2018 Oates Institute Course Schedule

Click here to see 2018 Schedule as it is developed!

Professional Track

Congregational Track




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Note: Seminar registration deadline is now the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The seminars begin the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

March Seminars

March Seminars are now open for registration. The deadline for registration is the 2nd Tuesday of the month (March 13). The course will begin on the 3rd Tuesday (March 20).  Contact registration@oates.org for more information.

Power to Bless

Spiritual Care of the Addicted Person

April Seminars

April will feature our new website and platform for learning. More information will be posted as it becomes clearer. The deadline for registration is the 2nd Tuesday of the month (April 10). The course will begin on the 3rd Tuesday (April 17).  Contact registration@oates.org for more information.

Integrating Spirituality and Healthcare


February Seminars

Hope as a Dynamic for Healing

End of Life Issues: Ethical and Spiritual

Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice (Book Study)

January Seminars

January seminars are closed to registration.

Spirituality and Aging-2018

Helping Children Grieve-2018

Interfaith Cooperation and Respect: Care to All in an Age of Religious Pluralism

Director’s Update

Check out our latest blog post which includes a video update from Rick Underwood on our recent Board of Director’s meeting as well as answers the question, “Why should I become a member?”

View the Update


CCN Module One – Registration deadline July 1, 2018

CCN Module Two

Up Coming Seminars

  •  Spiritual Care with Grief and Loss
  •  Crisis Intervention and Spiritual Care
  •  Spiritual Care Giver as Wounded Healer


Members may register for free by simply visiting the course page and looking for the Apply or Start Course button in the upper right corner of the course page. Non-members may participate by also applying for the course. They will be taken to a payment page. Select the $95 non-member seminar registration choice, pay, and you’ll be registered. If you have any difficulties at all, please email us at registration@oates.org.

While we await our new website and learning platform launch, please note our new process:

Our seminar registration deadline is now the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The seminars begin the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Facilitated collaborative learning seminars run for three weeks and offer 12 continuing contact hours.

Two contact hours can be earned by viewing one of the videos in the resource library and writing and returning a summary of learnings. FREE registration for first time participants (no continuing education credit). Contact michael@oates.org in order to register FREE.

2016 Online Symposium on Mindfulness and Spirituality

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We are proud to announce a New Book of  Wayne E Oates’ sermons and prayers, edited by William P. Tuck (Oates Award honoree 2016):

A Pastoral Prophet: Sermons and Prayers of Wayne E. Oates.

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Choose your membership level!  Professional (or Clinical) memberships, student/senior memberships, and even non-member seminar registrations are available


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