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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.

Click here to see 2017 Schedule. 

Professional Track

Congregational Track



November Seminars are open for registration

12 hour CCUs, FREE for first time participants. Seminars begin November 14.

Care of Troublesome People. Popular seminar using Dr Oates book, The Care of Troublesome People, as the text, facilitated by Lee Whitlock.

Loneliness in a Digital Age. facilitated by Gail Henson, Professor, Bellarmine University.

The Need for Continued Dialogue and Deep Listening in Regards to Understanding Race Relations. facilitated by author, producer, and speaker, Yvette Johnson – using her book – The Song of the Silence: A Story about Family, Race and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Miss Delta While Searching for Booker Wright. 

Spiritual Care of the Psychiatric Patient, facilitated by Dale McAbee.


Seminars Coming Soon


September 2017

These traditional three-week seminars began September 12th. They are closed.

Care of Troublesome People. Popular seminar using Dr. Oates book, The Care of Troublesome People, as the text.

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

The Spirituality of Aging. A NEW Oates seminar with Dr. Rick Underwood.


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


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.

2016 Online Symposium on Mindfulness and Spirituality

Access the Oates library, archived newsletters, blogs and class materials.


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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