e-Newsletter / 1.11.18
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A mighty thaw

"It was  midnight  and I was spending some quality time with a qualified employee from a sewer service. It was hard, cold and unpleasant work-but it needed to be done."

A reflection by Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

Exploring the impact of mental health in our community
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A delegation from the Center was pleased to attend the Public Policy Issue Forum: Mental Health, hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Business Publications Corporation on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The conference room was full of business leaders discussing strategies to bring focus to mental health needs in Iowa. For facts, stories and more information on the challenges, we commend an excellent special publication, recently released by the Business Publications Corporations, Lifting the Veil. The Center is grateful for the community-wide concern and honored to be part of the solution -- thanks to our generous base of supporters, and awesome roster of clinicians and administrators. 
What is calling you in 2018?
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Billie Wade, writer

"We have a stellar opportunity to create new practices and habits that serve us, an ideal time to ask the deeper questions about what matters most and how we want our lives to unfold over the next twelve months. What is calling us?"

A reflection by Billie Wade, special to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, January 2018

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Are you curious about the PrairieFire spiritual renewal program? 

PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. 

The 2018 - 2020 class will start in September 2018. 

To explore your discernment, please check out our informational open house dates, application materials, contacts and more information: www.dmpcc.org/PrairieFire
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Instructor: Christine Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W

Wisdom Stories 2

We all have stories. This class is for anyone with a story to share through writing - for personal and spiritual growth, creating a legacy or simply connecting. Through writing prompts, creativity exercises and personal sharing, we will discover together the wisdom to be found in our own life experiences. This class is for graduates of previous Wisdom Stories classes AND open to new members as well. All writing prompts and creativity exercises are new for this class.

Learn more and register here: www.dmpcc.org/wisdom
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Art Activity Group for Adults

The Center is pleased to offer two 6-week art activity groups for adults who seek to explore hope and healing through creativity. Projects may include collage work, mosaics, journal making, mandalas, painting or other activities. Participants will learn healthy coping skills to alleviate life's daily stressors, including depression and anxiety.

Learn more and register: www.dmpcc.org/art
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More classes and groups at the Center:
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Save the date!

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20th Anniversary Women Helping Women Luncheon
Friday, May 18, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Embassy Suites, downtown Des Moines by the River 

Watch for exciting announcements on speaker, honoree and other details.

Women Helping Women Committee 2018:
Margaret Borgen, co-chair
Beth Coonan, co-chair
Mary Riche, co-chair
Robin Ahnen-Cacciatore
Stephanie Asklof
Carol Bodensteiner
Meredith Boesen
Katie Bradshaw
Annie S. Brandt
Rachel Dahlen
Paula Duncan
Ann Flood
Mary Susan Gibson
Kathy Giles
Sharon Goldford
Barbara Hein
Starr Hinrichs
Bev Hutney
Connie Isaacson
Kate Juelfs
Anne Kelly
Mary Kramer
Claudette McDonald
Robyn Mills
Terri Mork Speirs
Lynsey Oster
Anne Roth
Laurie Sloterdyk
Kelly Sparks
Kathy Stuart
Sarah Sullivan Bigelow
Emily Susanin Kessinger
Susan Voss
Sally Wood

The Center is a nonprofit mental health organization and provides services to people from all walks of life, including those who are uninsured or underinsured. Forty percent of our clients utilize the Center's sliding scale or client assistance fund. Women Helping Women directly benefits vulnerable women and girls, and also benefits boys and men by increasing the pool of undesignated client assistance funds.  Thank you for your support and consideration!
Congratulations to our own Roberta Yoder

Roberta has been awarded a Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the University of Northern Iowa to honor her professional accomplishments and service the the university. We're so proud!
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Roberta Yoder, M.A., Career Counseler at the Center

Roberta Yoder is a career counselor at the Center. Roberta is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist, a qualified user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and a Pastoral Care Specialist certificate holder. She provides counseling to persons seeking meaningful employment or considering career changes. Roberta provides coaching to persons seeking to improve and enhance their performance and satisfaction in their current employment. She has a special interest in midlife career issues.  Roberta holds a bachelor of arts degree in English-teaching from the University of Northern Iowa and has completed graduate studies at Drake University in the following areas: counseling, human resources, and management process and behavior.  
Men, boys and mental health. Join the conversation.
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The Center is hiring

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We are seeking a licensed psychologist or social worker, with preference to applicants experienced in working with trauma and/or couples. Please help us share this information with qualified applicants. Thank you! 

More information: https://dmpcc.org/joinourteam/

Our mission is to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
Our key services:  

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 3,700 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Although best known for its 45 years of quality, professional mental health therapy, the Center is a multi-faceted organization providing a range of services:
  • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Psychiatry (medication management)
  • Training for clinical professionals
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming 
  • Career Coaching
  • Conflict transformation and strategic planning services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses
  • And so much more!
 www.dmpcc.org   / 515-274-4006
In gratitude,

Terri Mork Speirs
Director of Development and Marketing
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center