e-Newsletter / 6.12.19

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2018 Annual Report Summary

We gratefully acknowledge and thank all who so kindly contributed to the Center in 2018. This generosity brings hope and healing to children, teens and adults in need of high quality mental health services.


2018 service highlights include:

  • 24,000 sessions of counseling, psychiatry or psychological testing 
  • 651 children and adolescents plus their families served through C.O.O.L.™ (Children Overcoming the Obstacles in Life™)
  • 50 percent of presenting concerns include depression and anxiety
  • 1,164 hours of MBSR™ (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction™) classes 
  • 55 participants in PrairieFire™ renewal program
  • 753 hours of ASIST™ (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • 40 percent of clients access services through subsidies, thanks to generous community donors
  • 714 faith leaders participated in Clergy Boundary Trainings™
  • and more!
See our listing of generous donors, and service highlights here: www.dmpcc.org/2018AnnualReport
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.
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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.

Billie's Blog: Men and Mental Health 
By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate
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"Mental illness affects men, women, boys, and girls. We can learn as much
 as possible about men and mental health. We can be attentive to the signs of depression and anxiety shown by the men in our lives. We can be supportive and encouraging by listening. We can all benefit by showing sensitivity and compassion. The state of mental health services for men and boys is vital to stronger, healthier, and more resilient relationships which contributes to the well-being of everyone."...READ MORE

More of Billie's blog posts here:

C.O.O.L. Volunteer Day
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Coordinator: Dr. Shannon Welch-Groves, licensed psychologist 
We are seeking five (or so) volunteers to help us shine up our C.O.O.L. therapeutic supplies. 

Duties will include:
1. cleaning cupboards in waiting room and play room
2. cleaning, disinenfecting and sorting toys
4. making lists to order new toys to replace old broken toys
5. hand sewing DIY sandbox cover
6. organizing art supplies and making lists on needs
7. assembling toy hospital and organizing new Play Mobile items

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21st Annual Women Helping Women

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2019 Speaker Gina Skinner-Thebo, and Honoree Susan Voss
Thank you to our 2019 Women Helping Women sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers! More than 600 people attended our 21st annual luncheon on May 17th which raised $210,000 to provide mental health counseling and education to underserved women and girls, helping to address the acute mental health issues in Central Iowa and beyond. 
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Evening Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - MBSR™

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Registration is open for the 2019 Fall Cycle
Orientation is September 3 
Class begins September 9 

Mondays 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.

The Center is Hiring

Learn more here:  dmpcc.org/joinourteam
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Next Meeting:  July 16

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.

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
Happy June!

On behalf of everyone at the Center, thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. For those of you who joined us at the 21st annual Women Helping Women luncheon on May 17, you saw the lovely hand-written pocket cards that were given to each of the 600 attendees (courtesy of artist Laura Palmer). The back of the card features the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800#. We have a few extra cards available. As a reward to you -- for making it all the way to the bottom of this newsletter, I would be happy to send a card to you via postal mail. Just drop me an email. :-) 

Thank you for supporting the Center's mission of hope and healing!

In gratitude,

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