e-Newsletter / May 7, 2020
AllisonMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Live Online 
Begins May 18

Allison Peet - Qualified Brown University MBSR Instructor
Discover the healing power of mindfulness from the comfort of your own home or office. Learn to mitigate stress and regulate emotion. MBSR™ is now being offered online Register now, space is limited.

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
Remote Group Spiritual Direction for Caring Professionals on Zoom

Begins May 8, 2020
Fridays: 1:00-2:30PM

These are stressful, uncertain times, and caring professionals are working hard to find new ways to respond to the needs of others in this changing context. To care well for those we serve, we have to tend to our own well-being. This group will offer opportunities for encouragement and support as we practice listening well to ourselves, one another and the Sacred. It is open to those engaged in supporting others, including faith leaders, chaplains, spiritual directors and mental health professionals. All spiritual perspectives are welcome. READ MORE

To include those who have been financially impacted by this crisis, this group is being offered for a self-selected fee ($0-$180 for 6 sessions or $0-$30/session) based on your available resources. Group meetings will take place through Zoom video conference on Fridays from 1:00 to 2:30, beginning May 8. The group will meet weekly for the first three sessions and then decide together to meet weekly or biweekly for the remaining three. 

Please contact Andrea Severson at: aseverson@dmpcc.org
or Christine Dietz at: cdietz@dmpcc.org for more information and to sign up.  
We are here to help.  How to schedule a telehealth counseling appointment. 
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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is offering secure, HIPAA compliant virtual mental health services through telehealth. Our clinicians are trained and prepared to provide high quality counseling, psychiatry and spiritual direction -- which you may access from your home or other place of quarantine. 

To start the process of scheduling an appointment, please help us to understand your concerns by completing this brief online intake form. A member of our staff will match you with a clinician and be in contact with you within three business days.  
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Lifting the Veil - Youth Interrupted Event - 5/1/2020

Thank you to dsm magazine for inviting the Center's clinical director, Dr. Kelli Hill, licensed child and adolescent psychologist, to explain how telehealth counseling works to bring hope and healing during quarantine. 

dsm Lifting the Veil Life Interrupted by Covid 19:Dr Kelli Hill

dsm Lifting the Veil Life Interrupted by Covid 19:
Dr Kelli Hill, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

For more information on this series:  https://dsmmagazine.com/liftingtheveil-youthinterrupted-event2020/
Thanks to all who have donated and sent in your RSVP. There is still time!
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For more event information: www.dmpcc.org/whw
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To add a bit of fun - Thanks to an anonymous donor we have 10 - $100 gift cards to local restaurants to give away. Only guests who "attend" the online event will have their names entered in this random drawing.  
Check our website for regular updates and resources.
PrairieFire - Accepting Applications

How is Your Spirit Growing?
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. 
Do you desire a more meaningful life enriched by a deepening spiritual awareness, new ways of building and contributing to community, or living authentically in an increasingly challenging and unpredictable world? Consider applying for  PrairieFire, a two-year program of spiritual renewal.  We encourage those who are interested in applying to attend this opportunity.  READ MORE

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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 remotely until further notice. If you've lost a loved one to suicide and need support, please contact Diane McClanahan at dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org. 

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is pleased to co-sponsor this 8-week speaking series
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Your support saves lives. Thank you. 

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 
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Mission: We walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and live a fulfilling life.

May you find ways to tend your self care. You are valued.

Terri Speirs

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