e-Newsletter / 2.19.20
Jim's blog - HELP, THANKS, WOW!

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"Writer Anne Lamott has been a great spiritual companion of mine -- along with a few million others who enjoy her books. Her treatise on prayer, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (2012), provides a simple vocabulary to capture the varieties of prayer forms. I offer this short reflection using her construct to help us all understand a little better what life is like here at the Center and to recognize how dependent we are in order to live this mission faithfully." 

Thank you to our 2020 board of directors!

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Marti Wade, Board President
PRESIDENT -  Marti Wade, retired, Workiva

VICE PRESIDENT -  Andrea James, Wells Fargo

SECRETARY -  Sandra Axness, retired, Des Moines Public Schools

TREASURER -  Joe Lee, RSMUS audit firm

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The Center is named a finalist in the 2020 Healthiest State Iowa annual awards
How do we create a healthy workplace?
1 minute video: How do we create a healthy workplace?

Thank you to the Healthiest State Iowa initiative for recognizing the Center as a finalist in the small employer category for a healthy workplace. And congratulations to Anawim Housing for winning the category. The award  recognizes communities, workplaces, schools and Iowans for leading the efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans.  

The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. The Center was recognized formally at the annual awards banquet on February 6th. 

Billie's Blog: How Surrender Can Help You Heal
By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

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"Self-awareness is our perception of ourselves and our relationship with the rest of the world. We are more open and intimate with some people than we are with others. We make decisions, often without thinking. The same mistakes or habits recur, sending us into a tailspin of self-recrimination. Self-awareness places us in a better position to find problems and solutions. When we improve our self-awareness, we make conscious decisions, monitor behavior, and lead a life of genuineness and integrity."  READ MORE

You may find more of Billie's writing at www.dmpcc.org/billie and www.billiewade.com
Be a Sponsor, Special Friend, or Leader and secure your reservation early. (General reservations will be on sale in mid April). 

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New career opportunity:
Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - MBSR™

Allison Peet - Qualified Brown University MBSR Instructor
Afternoon and Evening Options:

Orientation:  Monday, May 18, 2020
Classes are on Mondays: 
 (June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20) 

MBSR™ is an 8-week intensive course, backed by 40 years of research, proven to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Utilizing curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at UMASS Center for Mindfulness, this non-clinical (i.e. not group therapy) course is designed to teach mind-body awareness, recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress.   READ MORE.   Space is limited and classes are filling up!  Register now to reserve your spot.
Offering high quality counseling at a low-cost, with no waiting list

The Center's fantastic graduate students increase our capacity to offer high quality, low cost counseling -- with the bonus of no waiting list. To schedule with Emily Yen or Erin Moskal, please indicate on the intake form that you would like to meet with Emily or Erin.

 - Schedule with Emily or Erin via online intake form:

- Learn more about Emily and Erin's robust training and supervision:
Open House for Potential PrairieFire Students
Hosted by Diane McClanahan, M.Div., B.S.N.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:00 - 7:30PM

What is PrairieFire?
PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. It is an opportunity for education and mutual guidance and support in developing spiritual awareness and life-sustaining spiritual practices.

If you're curious about what PrairieFire program is all about, please consider attending an open house with PrairieFire staff alongside current and past participants. We encourage those who are interested in applying to attend this opportunity. The 2020 class will start in September 2020. We invite you to consider if this program is right for you. You may also contact Diane McClanahan, the Center's Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life and co-director of PraireFire, to discuss your discernment process: dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org, tel: 515-251-6667.


For application materials and more information: www.dmpcc.org/PrairieFire
Accepting Applications

PrairieFire is an invitation to a deeper spiritual life, an invitation to set time aside for renewing of self and awakening of soul. It is an opportunity for education and mutual guidance and support in developing spiritual awareness and life-sustaining spiritual practices.... READ MORE

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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

Next Meeting: March 17, 2020

The group meets every third Tuesday of the month and is facilitated by two professional counselors from the Center. All are welcome.


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Support hope and healing through your IRA

If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help make an impact in your community and benefit this year.

Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover: 
  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the 50% deduction limits on charitable gifts
  • Help further the work and mission of the organizations that are important to you 
We are now happy and proud to be listed on GIVEdsm, a community-wide platform that highlights Central Iowa charities! We are proud to be included in such a caring and generous city. 

Check out our listing here: https://www.givedsm.org/
How to schedule a counseling appointment

To better serve our clients, we've added a new, secure online intake form.  The first step in scheduling an appointment is to help us understand your concerns by completing this brief form.
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Mission: We walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and live a fulfilling life.

Vision: The Center will be recognized as the welcoming place for those seeking inspiration, hope, and healing of mind, body, and spirit.
Key services: 

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 5,000 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through 30 multidisciplinary clinicians. Although best known for its 47 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!
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Terri Speirs


Terri Mork Speirs, she/hers
Director of Community Relations
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center