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Power to Bless


“The blessed child is one who is affirmed and loved by those responsible for the child’s care, usually the parents,” writes Dr. Myron Madden in his book, The Power to Bless. “But no child seems to get enough blessing to last a lifetime. As we move through adolescence and into adulthood, we have the need for affirmation beyond the family.”

Through peer dialogue around two chapters from The Power to Bless and a conference presentation by Dr. Madden on “Returning the Blessing,” seminar participants will reflect on the meaning of blessing. Participants will also explore the interaction between parents and children in the giving and receiving of blessing along with the giving and receiving of blessing outside the family.

We also suggest the following films as video accompaniment: October Sky, Whale Rider, and Finding Forester.


You may participate in this seminar from wherever you are. All you need is your tablet or computer and access to the Internet. You may also participate according to your schedule. By spreading the discussion out over several weeks using a discussion forum, you may read others posts and submit your own to the conversation at times that are convenient to you.

This seminar will use the Oates Institute’s Connected Learning approach, which invites participants to reflect on their experience in light of the assigned readings and share the insights of that reflection with the group. This allows us to more fully engage with what the author and seminar facilitator share and we discover new insights about ourselves in light of our experience. Often we discover that we know more than we thought we did. Sharing our insights helps us go deeper and to also learn from one another’s experience. One of the exciting aspects of online seminars is that the participants are from so many other places providing us with the opportunities for learn from other regions and cultures.

Continuing Education Requirements:

As a participant in this online seminar you may earn 12 contact hours of continuing education credit by reading the resource and other presentations and participating in the discussion. Those seeking continuing education credits must contribute at least two posts per week to the discussion — one reflecting on the presentations or case studies in light of personal experience and context and a second responding to someone else’s reflection or inquiry. The evaluation form submitted at the end of the seminar serves as the CEU application. Following your submission of this form you will receive your CEU certificate.


As with all Oates Seminars, registration for this seminar is simple. 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 where you 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.

For non-members, you can save money over the long-term by becoming a member, too! A one-year clinical membership is just a few dollars more than paying for two seminars as a non-member. So BECOME A MEMBER and save!

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