e-Newsletter / 4.18.18
Blog Post: The Other Side of Change
by Jim Hayes, Executive Director

Jim Hayes, Ph.D., D.Min.
I've noticed of late that it is difficult to make smooth transitions in the narrative we call life. I'm not sure how we were trained to think that change or transitions come easily. Ask any writer, transitions are often hard work....Each transition brings with it incredible stress and what might feel like insurmountable challenge. At such points, I am grateful that a place like the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center exists. We're here to help others come to understanding, hope and healing through counseling and education.    Read more...
Why does Board Chair Sally Wood support "Women Helping Women"? 

The Center's Board President Sally Wood
One reason: because everyone should have access to high quality counseling.

There are many reasons! Watch for our full promo video, starring the WHW committee, to be released on Friday along with the online reservation portal for the Center's 20th Anniversary Women Helping Women luncheon. (Invitations are also be sent via postal mail.)
  • For more information about the paint wall in Sally Wood's video, and C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life): www.dmpcc.org/COOL
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Meet Mark Poeppe, Psy.D.

Please welcome one of our newest team members!  Meet Mark Poeppe, a post-doctoral fellow at DMPCC. Mark provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults.  He primarily incorporates cognitive-behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques. He is  currently accepting new clients. To schedule an appointment, call 515-274-4406 or email  info@dmpcc.org.
Career Opportunity: Child/Adolescent Therapist position

We're currently seeking a full-time, licensed therapist to join our team of multi-disciplinary clinicians who are committed to a mind/body/spirit therapeutic approach and serving all ages. We are seeking a licensed psychologist, social worker, marriage and family counselor, or mental health counselor with a specialty in working with children and adolescents to join our COOL (Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life) department.     Read more...
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How is your spirit growing?
Consider 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 September 2018. 

To explore your discernment, please check out the application materials, contacts and more information: www.dmpcc.org/PrairieFire
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ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training™ 
The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is providing an intervention training for individuals in a variety of roles to learn to recognize the signs of risk and the techniques to help those contemplating suicide. We are pleased to host this two-day training at The Center.

May 4-5, 2018 - 8:30AM- 4:30PM 
For more information:

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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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Ethical Boundary Training for Clergy

The Center is pleased to offer Ethical Boundary Training for Clergy. Clergy from all denominations are welcome to attend.

Thursday, August 30, 2018  9:00AM - 3:30PM 

For more information: www.dmpcc.org/boundarytraining

More classes and groups at the Center:
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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.

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