e-Newsletter / August 19, 2020
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What does a physician assistant do at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center? 
An interview with Abigail Schiltz, PA-C

Abigail Schiltz, PA-C
Abigail offers mental health services for children, adolescents and adults at the Center.

If you're curious about what happens during an appointment with a physician assistant at the Center, take a look at our mini interview with Abigail Schiltz, P.A.-C.

What is a PA-C?
* A physician assistant is a medical professional that can obtain patient histories, diagnose, treat and prescribe medications.

As a physician assistant specializing in psychiatry, I have a passion for treating people with mental illnesses. During an intake visit with me, one can expect a thorough patient history (current symptoms, past psychiatric history, past medication trials, allergies, social history, etc) in order to diagnose and develop treatment strategies and medication plans tailored to each person....READ MORE

Billie's Blog: How to choose a therapist

"Finding the right therapist can seem daunting, and with good reason. When you entrust the essence of your life to another human being, you step into uncertainty and vulnerability. Making the decision and following through requires bravery and courage. Your perceptions about what therapists and counselors do, or previous experiences, may trigger intimidation, fear of judgment, hesitation about how friends and family members will perceive you and place expectations on you when you enter therapy, and a host of other fears. There are ways to ease the angst and enhance your search for the right therapist..." READ MORE

Back to school - Tips for taking care of your mental health
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GratitudeGratitude and Giving

Men for Mental Health 
  • October 9, 2020
  • 5 - 7 p.m.
  • A virtual event
Funds will support mental health counseling, education, training and other services that impact men and boys.

What does it mean to leave a legacy?

A legacy is passed from one generation to the next; can be money or property which someone leaves to you when they die; sometimes referred to as a bequest.

Giving a legacy gift makes it possible for us to continue the mission for years into the future. You can make a difference today for those needing our services tomorrow.

  • BEQUEST: giving through your will or estate plan; exempt from estate taxes
  • LIFE INSURANCE: Name the Center as an owner or beneficiary of your life insurance policy
  • RETIREMENT PLANS: Name the Center as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified plan; gift will pass through tax free to support the organization
  • CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY: A CGA is a contract between the donor and the Center in which the donor transfers cash or securities to the Center. The Center pays you a guaranteed income for life.
If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities to further the mission of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, please contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, 515-564-5122 or lsloterdyk@dmpcc.org .

Your support saves lives. Thank you. 

ClassesClasses and Opportunities
Make it OK - Back to School Live Online
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August 20th 12-1pm

Join Make It OK and Iowa Healthiest State Initiative on what back to school means during COVID-19. (Event is free! Registration required.) You'll hear from a college student, a parent, a medical professional and a Des Moines Public School (DMPS) staff member on what the new school schedule and these different kinds of learning might mean for your mental health and for children and teachers. We'll have 45 minutes of discussion and 15 minutes for open Q&A.

Register for the Pastoral Care Specialist, 2020-2022 cohort
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.
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Live Online

Allison Peet, Certified MBSR Instructor
Discover the healing power of mindfulness. Learn to mitigate stress and regulate emotion. *This class will be live online, via Zoom.

Fall Cycle:
Required Orientation: Sept 15
Class Begins: Sept 22

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, 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
PrairieFire Reunion - October 3 - postponed
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Update sent August 13, 2020: 

Given the continuing health concerns around the coronavirus pandemic, the planning team is cancelling the PrairieFire Reunion which had been rescheduled from May to October 3, 2020. The team hopes to be able to host the reunion at a later date.

*Those that have already registered: The planning committee will be reaching out to you individually...READ MORE
Listening Within, Listening With Others - Live Online
October 4 and 18 - 1:00-3:00PM
Together we will practice contemplative presence and develop skills in open-hearted listening. Our first session will focus on listening within and fostering intentional presence. In the second session, we will explore how we bring these practices into our relationships with others. This group is open to all spiritual seekers.  This program will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Any questions, please contact Andrea Severson at aseverson@dmpcc.org.

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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Survivor of Suicide Loss Group will be held live online until further notice. If you've lost a loved one to suicide and need support, please contact Andrea Severson at aseverson@dmpcc.org.

This support group is offered as a free community service, with thanks to generous supporters of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

The Center has convened an antiracism learning group. If you would like to participate in current or future opportunities, please send an email to tspeirs@dmpcc.org. Our next discussion series will start in September. We are reading together the young adult novel, "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas.
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Mission: We walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and live a fulfilling life.

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May you find ways to tend your self care. 

Terri Speirs

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