e-Newsletter / 7.19.18
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Meet Heidi Bowden, L.I.S.W.

Please welcome one of our newest team members!  Heidi works with adults to resolve issues with life and transitions, relationship, traumatic life events, complex trauma, substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. She is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in the state of Iowa. To schedule an appointment, call 515-274-4006 or email  info@dmpcc.org.

How to schedule an 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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Meet Diana Rodriguez, administrative assistant

Diana Rodriguez, administrative assistant
Please welcome our newest administrative staff! Diana graduated from the University of Iowa in May of 2018 with a Bachelors of Art in Psychology. She is attending Drake University in the fall of 2018 to get her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and the Center is grateful to have her on staff now to help at the front desk. Diana is fluent in Spanish and looks forward to helping the Spanish speaking community with their mental health needs. Additionally, she will be helping the Center to build the Spanish language sections of our website. In her free time, she likes to binge watch shows on Netflix and read psychological thrillers. 
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Billie Wade, guest writer
A reflection on choices
by Billie Wade, guest writer

Choice is a freedom we all have and exercise multiple times in a typical day-how we want to spend our time, who we want to interact with, what we want to watch on television. Periodically, larger issues arise-where we want to live, what kind of career we want, this person is or is not a good mate for me.

Choice is a supreme gift that we do not always recognize. Seeking help when we do not know what else to do is a choice. Sharing our story is a choice. Greeting each day with a sense of awe and appreciation is a choice, even if our circumstances are dire.

The Center is awarded $10,000 from Delta Dental of Iowa  

As a nonprofit organization, the Center relies on a broad base of support to bring our mission of hope and healing to the community. We are pleased to announce the receipt of a generous grant from Delta Dental of Iowa.

"We are grateful to Delta Dental of Iowa for this tremendous show of community leadership so that children, adolescents and adults may access holistic approaches to health and wellness," said Jim Hayes, executive director of the Center. "Our multidisciplinary roster of clinicians are exceptional in their respective fields, and our community is altogether stronger when everyone has access to innovative and effective services."

Pastoral Care Specialist Program
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.  

Program begins September 2018

For more information:  www.dmpcc.org/PastoralCareSpecialist
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Soul Space for Clergy
Soul Space for Clergy is a new group focused on creating space for clergy to nurture their personal spirituality and to support one another professionally. The group will meet on the first Thursday of the month, September 2018 through June 2019 ...more

For more information: www.dmpcc.org/ClergySoulSpace
Allison Peet, RYT200 and MBSR Instructor
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction™  

MBSR™ is a complement to traditional medicine. Experiential learning encourages mind-body awareness to recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress. Increase attention and stress hardiness, regulate emotion, and allow a greater sense of self-care and well-being.  Orientation begins August 21st.
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Ethical Boundary Training for Clergy

The Center is pleased to offer Ethical Boundary Training for Clergy. Clergy from all denominations are welcome to attend.

Thursday, August 30, 2018  9:00AM - 3:30PM 
For more information: www.dmpcc.org/boundarytraining

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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is one of few mental health providers in Greater Des Moines who accepts clients from low-income households. Your support provides much needed client assistance for children, teens and adults who are underinsured or uninsured -- and need quality mental health counseling. 

Please consider a recurring donation to help others. Set up a monthly gift of  $10, $25, $50, $100, $250 or another total. Your support helps in many ways, such as:
  • a child distressed by domestic violence.
  • a family impacted by addiction.
  • parents grieving the death of their son or daughter.
  • an LGBTQ teen bullied at school.
  • a veteran who considers suicide.

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 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
In gratitude,

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