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The Daring Way™ 
Show Up. Be Seen. Live Brave.™

The Daring Way™ is a one-day workshop based on the work of Dr. Brené Brown. Participants can take this opportunity to learn how to show up, be seen and live brave in the challenging arenas of life. In this workshop we will learn about how to understand shame and move through shame towards wholeheartedness. Through experiential learning, we will explore key components of Dr. Brené Brown's research regarding shame, vulnerability and wholehearted living.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 9:00AM - 5:30PM

The healing benefits of journaling
by Billie Wade, guest writer

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Billie Wade, guest writer
Journaling is one of the best ways to explore emotions and feelings, sort through events and relationships, and grow as a person. It moves issues out of my head and onto the page where I can take an objective look at a situation. My journal is my closest friend. I write thoughts and feelings that I cannot express to other people. I learn about who I am, what I want from life, and strategies for solving or managing problems. Difficult emotions and painful aspects of my life challenge me on the page. Journaling supports and sustains me between counseling sessions. I often journal about a session or discuss an entry in counseling.

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Are you seeking a spiritual path?
Learn about our 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 the application materials, contacts and more information: www.dmpcc.org/PrairieFire
ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training™ 

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is providing a prevention training for individuals in a variety of roles to learn to recognize the signs of risk and the techniques to help those contemplating suicide. 

March 20-21, 2018

In collaboration with Myrtue Medical Center Behavioral Health, Harlan, Iowa

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Becoming an Elder: Spiritual Reflection on the Second Half of Life

Growing older can be a time for deepening spirituality and sharing our unique gifts with the community. In this group, we will explore the opportunities and challenges of becoming an elder, and share insights, tools, and practices for this stage of the journey.

6-week series: April 9 - May 14, 2018

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Health Tip:  The Work of Play
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"What is play? It is spontaneous, fun, free - a means with no end. A seemingly purposeless process from which springs joy. It is the creative expression of Self through every age and stage that says "I am alive!"

Play is about accessing that which is vital - the life spark. Play is not productive in a quantitative sense and it is not about rules. Play is not about winning and losing, but rather about presence and experience. "

Written by Grace Sherer, a licensed pediatric psychologist, former therapist at the Center and founder of the Center's C.O.O.L. clinical approach. C.O.O.L. = Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™  

MBSR™ is a complement to traditional medicine. Experiential learning encourages mind-body awareness to recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress. Increase attention and stress hardiness, regulate emotion, and allow a greater sense of self-care and well-being.   Summer Session begins May 21st.

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Thank you to our generous Women Helping Women sponsors! 
As of 3/13/2018:

American Enterprise Group
Mary and Doug Bruce

Susan and Bill Knapp

Polk County Board of Supervisors, Angela Connolly
Wells Fargo
Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman

Blond Genius
Beth and Tim Coonan
Des Moines University
Foster Group
Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
Trudy Holman Hurd
The Iowa Clinic
Iowa Radiology
Kitchen Collage
Orchestrate Hospitality
Prairie Meadows
Mary Riche, in honor of Joy Corning
Salon Spa W
Silver Fox
West Bank

Business Publications Corporation, Inc.
Des Moines Radio Group

If you would like to discuss a sponsorship which includes a unique, targeted promotional opportunity, please contact the Center's director of development and marketing, Terri Speirs, at 515-251-6670 or tspeirs@dmpcc.org.
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For as little as $10 a month, you can help others all year long

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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is one of few mental health providers in Greater Des Moines who accepts clients from low-income households. Your support provides much needed client assistance for children, teens and adults who are underinsured or uninsured -- and need quality mental health counseling. 

Please consider a recurring donation to help others. Set up a monthly gift of  $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 or another total. Your support helps in many ways, such as:
  • a child distressed by domestic violence.
  • a family impacted by addiction.
  • parents grieving the death of their son or daughter.
  • an LGBTQ teen bullied at school.
  • a veteran who considers suicide.
The Center is hiring

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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 4,000 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through 28 multidisciplinary clinicians. 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)
  • Biofeedback therapy, Healing Touch and other holistic approaches
  • 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