e-Newsletter / 4.18.19
47 years of hope and healing
April marks the month the Center celebrates it's founding in 1972. To mark the milestone, we took some fun staff pictures and enjoyed a customized cake from our resident baker, Reina Toledo (billing assistant). Even as we enjoy a few silly moments together, we know we are standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before us -- staff and supporters -- with a bold vision for the community. Happy 47th birthday to a mission of understanding, hope and healing!
Meet Rachel Hollingsworth, Student Intern

Hello, I'm Rachel Hollingsworth. I am a senior at Simpson College majoring in psychology and religion, and I have been interning at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center for the past few months. After I graduate in May 2019, I plan to head to seminary to pursue a dual degree in divinity and social work. I will begin my graduate studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary this fall. My plan for the future is to work in a ministry setting, such as parish ministry, counseling, or something
else. I like to try new things, so who knows where I might end up?...READ MORE

WHW speaker and honoree  
Please read more details here: www.dmpcc.org/WHW
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Thank you to The Grainger Foundation!

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The Grainger Foundation donated a $5,000 Leadership Sponsor gift for this year's Women Helping Women

Thank you to the Grainger Foundation for providing a generous $5,000 Leadership Sponsor gift for this year's Women Helping Women. Photo: Allison Peet and Jim Hayes, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center; Scott Gohman, Michael Link, Nate Johnston, The Grainger Foundation.

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and donors! You make a difference for so many people in need.
Billie's Blog: Women Helping Women 2019

By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

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Friday, May 17, 2019, is a special day for Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center as the Center hosts the 21st annual Women Helping Women Luncheon at Embassy Suites. The luncheon raises funds to provide counseling and education for underinsured and uninsured women and girls. The suicide rate for females is increasing faster than the rate for males. You can support the Center's intention to provide counseling and education and other services to women and girls in need.... READ MORE

More of Billie's blog posts here:
Navigating Troubled Waters
Listening to the "Other"

"Good patriots carry on a lover's quarrel with their country."  -- William Sloan Coffin

Some of us feel like this: "I can't talk to my friends, my neighbors, my family! The tension is too much!" At a time in which our country is painfully divided, these are the struggles many in our communities are experiencing. Yet, beneath the tension there is heartbreak. Across the board, we feel deeply about the values we want to see our country exhibit, but we realize we are more painfully divided on the substance of the "values" than we realized.

So, how do we navigate our emotions, our relationships, our conversations?  Learn more and register at www.dmpcc.org/listen

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Staff Spotlight: Elaina Riley, L.I.S.W.

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Elaina Riley is a licensed independent social worker, with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa. Elaina has more than 25 years of clinical experience in working with people of all ages from all walks of life, including children, adolescents and adults. Her areas of expertise include treating trauma-related issues and disorders, dissociative disorders, attachment and adoption issues, anxiety and mood issues, anger control problems, relationship difficulties, parenting concerns and child behavior problems, and issues with emotional intensity and narcissism.  READ MORE

The Center is Hiring

Learn more here:  dmpcc.org/joinourteam
Save the dates

When Life Gives You a Full Court Press
3 headliners, 2 events, 1 goal: 
Addressing stigma around help-seeking for men

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 7 p.m.
Rebound with courage
An evening with Royce White, former NBA player and Iowa State University basketball star. Families, clinicians and general public welcome.

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pivot to health
A professional development workshop for mental health providers, primary care providers and the general public. 

Co-sponsored by the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center and 
Des Moines University.

Watch for more details!
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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

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

You can save a life. Suicide Intervention Training Ppportunity:  ASIST™   June 21-22 8:30am-4:30pm

Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. You can help prevent suicide in our community by knowing the facts, warning signs and where to get help.  ASIST™ is an award winning two-day interactive workshop that prepares participants to provide life-assisting suicide first-aid intervention.    READ MORE.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - MBSR™
Afternoon and Evening Sections Available

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Registration is open for the 2019 Spring/Summer Cycle. Orientation is May 20. 
Class begins June 3. 

Afternoon: 1:00-3:30PM
Evening: 5:00-7:30PM

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.

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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You can change lives all year with a recurring donation.

You can save lives. With thanks to your support, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center provides holistic, high quality counseling and education to all who enter our doors -- including children and adults from low income households. For as little as $10 per month, you can make a big impact by setting up a recurring donation. Thank you!


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 5,800 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through 31 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!
 www.dmpcc.org   / 515-274-4006
Hello all! 

Happy April!

Thank you for reaching all the way to the bottom of this long, long newsletter! I wanted to share this photo of holes in dirt, dug by our very own Jim Hayes, executive director. While it may not seem like much of a picture, it signals renewal. With thanks to volunteer landscapers and generous donors, we will be planting butterfly-friendly bushes in these beautiful holes in the dirt. Thus enhancing our ever-evolving butterfly garden located near the front entrance of the Center. 

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Thanks to you all, for all you do to bring hope and healing -- literally, metaphorically and in all ways!

In gratitude,

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