E-Connect Newsletter / 6.14.17
JimForgetting Ourselves on Purpose

June 2017 - A reflection by  Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

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I have spent a good bit of my life exploring the notion of vocation. Think of this as your answer to the question, "What should I do with my life." A book that I have found helpful along the way is Brian Mahan's, Forgetting Ourselves on Purpose: Vocation and the Ethics of Ambition.  Among the author's many findings in the succinct composition is that giving our time to others enlivens us-draws us closer to the experience of being fully alive.
In other words, volunteering is good for us on many levels.

In other words, volunteering is good for us on many levels.

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Welcome to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (3 mins)

Welcome to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (3 mins)
menMen, boys and mental health. Join the conversation. 

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risingRising Strong: Cultivating a Spiritual Practice with Courage, Creativity and Compassion
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Rising Strong™ is a one-day workshop based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The simple physics of vulnerability is if we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. This workshop is about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle give us the power to write a brave new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 / 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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next meeting is June 20, 2017

supportA support group for survivors of suicide loss  


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SpecialistPastoral Care Specialist training

Classes Begin this Fall.  This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.


Thank you to everyone who supported the 19th Annual Women Helping Women luncheon. Together, we raised more than $145,000 for women and girls who need mental health counseling. We invite you to view the photo album on our Facebook page. 

SAVE THE DATE: May 18, 2018,  20th Annual Women Helping Women

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mindfulnessMBSR™ Intensive Mindfulness Training

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is pleased to offer MBSR™ Intensive Mindfulness Training, an 8-week course that is backed by 37 years of research, proven to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. Utilizing curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, the course is designed to teach mind-body awareness and work with the effects of toxic stress. Learn to tap into your inner resources and discover the healing power of mindfulness through MBSR™.
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In addition to this newsletter which focuses on clinical aspects of the Center's mission, we also issue monthly news on topics related to the Center's Leadership and Spiritual Life programs -- communicating additional opportunities for learning and growth including professional development choices for clergy and congregational leaders. 

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pastoralWhat is pastoral counseling? 

The Pastoral in our name is the traditional name for counseling that integrates therapy with a client's values and/or faith. It also refers to how Center counselors respectfully accompany their clients through the transitions and crises of life's journey. Center counselors seek to offer healing for the whole person and see each dimension - body, mind, and spirit - as worthy of care.


missionOur mission is to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
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Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization  serving more than 3.700 individuals in 2016 including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. The Center is not aligned with a particular religious group and respects the values of all.  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
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Training for clinical professionals
  • Spiritual direction
  • Community education including suicide prevention training
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming 
  • Career Coaching
  • Conflict transformation and strategic planning services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses   / 515-274-4006
In gratitude,

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