e-Newsletter / 10.10.18
Jim's Blog: Trauma Sensitive Living: What Can I Do?
Dr. James E. Hayes
By Jim Hayes, D.Min., M.Div., Executive Director

Clergy abuse.
Raising boys.

Any of these terms come up in your conversations recently? I am talking about running into these terms in our daily encounters as human beings and what we can learn and how we can help..."

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Dr. Christine Dietz
Health tip: Finding Hope after Trauma
by Christine Dietz, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.

In the past week, I offered counseling or spiritual direction to six women and one male survivor of sexual and physical violence, listened to a friend whose memories of her own sexual abuse were triggered by the hearing, and led a training session for mental health professionals on trauma sensitive care. This was a relatively slow week. My colleagues were just as busy as I was. Every day I am privileged to witness the heroic work survivors undertake to heal from violence and abuse.

Sand Therapy is one way to treat trauma

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Sand therapy is a powerful therapeutic tool used at the Center to help children process their trauma. 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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Help Us Welcome Reina Toledo, Billing Assistant

We're so excited to welcome Reina to our team! 
"My name is Reina Toledo, I'm from Puerto Rico. I have a bachelors degree in Information Systems. I love baking and creating recipes in my free time. I have two beautiful children which are my life motivation to keep growing and being better every day. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work at the Center as a Billing Assistant." 

Reina is bilingual and also helps the Center to further our goals to serve the Spanish speaking community. Thank you to our generous community of donors who ensure that we can provide high quality counseling and education to all.

Blog: Got Gratitude?
Billie Wade, Guest Writer
By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

"Gratitude ushers in a sense of peace, builds a sense of connection, creates a sense that we will be okay, and expands and deepens us even if we only touch it briefly. It happens when we don't take the people and our circumstances for granted...." 

More of Billie's blog posts here:
Thank you Prairie Meadows!

Jim and Sharon

Thank you to Prairie Meadows for the generous Community Betterment grant. The donation will support a portion of the Center's much needed medical technology upgrades to ensure HIPAA compliance, collect metrics and serve our clients with greater efficiency.  We are grateful for the broad base of community support who help us to keep the lights on and the computers running -- so we may serve people in need of high quality counseling and education, including those who are underinsured or uninsured.

Photo:  Jim Hayes, executive director, and Sharon Goldford, board member and chair of the Center's board advancement committee, accepted the "big check" on behalf of the Center.
Rorschach Workshop

Eva Christiansen, Ph.D.
A four-day introduction to the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) for psychologists. Facilitated by Eva Christiansen, Ph.D., licenced  psychologist at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

November 2, 3, 9, and 10, 2018
8:30AM - 4:30PM

Register and more info here:

Hineni: Called to Justice, An Interfaith Spiritual Direction Group

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In the current global and political climate, many people feel called to action. Hineni: Called to Justice is an interreligious spiritual direction group for those people. The group will provide an opportunity for participants to explore the deep spiritual roots of their passion for change as well as an opportunity to become clearer about what exactly they are called to do. 

Wednesdays, October 17 - November 28, 2018 (no class November 21)

Professional Development for Clinicians
November 2018 - January 2019

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We are pleased to offer the following series of professional development opportunities for mental health professionals in the community. You may
register for one or more courses:

Trauma Sensitive Practice: 
November 7-28, 2018

Becoming a Therapist:
December 5, 2018 - January 2, 2019 (no class Dec 26)

Mindfulness in Therapy: 
January 9-30, 2019

Register and more info here:  www.dmpcc.org/education
M editation for Beginners 
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If you're curious about learning how to meditate and begin an on-going, personal meditation practice, come join this experiential educational class. Discover the healing power of mindfulness by learning various techniques. No prior experience required.

Monday Evenings: Nov 26-Dec 17, 5:30-6:30PM 
Web Conference Calls on Wednesdays, 7-7:30PM
for an additional guided sit from home

Learn more and register here: 
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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.

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Bienvenido al Centro de Consejería Pastoral de Des Moines.  Nosotros somos especialistas en consejería, en nuestros servicios incluimos un enfoque especializado para niños y adolescentes. 

We now offer a webpage and bilingual staff to support our Spanish speaking clients.

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Our mission is to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
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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
Hello dear friend,

Thanks so much for those of you who played along last month and sent me an email to indicate you made it all the way to the bottom of the email. I enjoyed communicating with you and sending "prizes." Please watch for future fun to come -- for those of you with the fortitude to make it all the way to the bottom. :-) Thank you to you and the lovely community who support the Center's mission of hope and healing. 

In gratitude,

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