Oates Institute
The Oates Institute is dedicated to delivering world-class seminars that weave together the disciplines of spiritual care, health and wellness, psychology, and more.

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.

Click here to see 2017 Schedule. 

Professional Track



September 2017

Traditional three-week seminars begin later September 12th.

Care of Troublesome People. Popular seminar using Dr. Oates book, The Care of Troublesome People, as the text. [THIS SEMINAR WILL NOT HAPPEN]

Chaplain Charting: A Discussion of Gordon J Hilsman’s book, Spiritual Care in Common Terms.

Spirituality of Aging. A NEW Oates seminar.


Remember to contact registration@oates.org to register or for more information.



August 2017

We just completed the following seminars:

Spirituality and Fiction: The Spirituality of the Ghost Story.

Holding the Boundaries: Professional Ethics

The Struggle to Be Free



Members may register for free by simply applying for the course in the upper right corner of this 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.

Congregational Track


■ Seminars Coming Soon

Oates Award Event

featuring Harry Pickens
Tickets now available for October 19, Click Here For More Information


September Collaborative Learning Events Open for Registration: Begin September 12th, FREE to those who have not taken an event before

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.



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

Chaplains, counselors and spiritual caregivers need to continually learn and grow. Join us in supporting them through your charitable contribution. You may support the work of the Oates Institute through one-time or monthly donations.

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