e-Newsletter / 3.20.19
Jim's Blog: The Wonder of Generosity

James E. Hayes, D.Min., M.Div.,  Executive Director
" I experience generosity on a regular basis when I'm working with the generous people who support our work at the Center. I often begin conversations by asking people how they became connected with the Center in the first place. I've reflected on answers to that question in previous posts, but suffice it to say that a relationship was established in which the Center played a role in helping someone to find their way to hope and healing. READ MORE
Join us for a series of three conversations

Navigating Troubled Waters
Listening to the "Other"

"Good patriots carry on a lover's quarrel with their country."  -- William Sloan Coffin

Some of us feel like this: "I can't talk to my friends, my neighbors, my family! The tension is too much!" At a time in which our country is painfully divided, these are the struggles many in our communities are experiencing. Yet, beneath the tension there is heartbreak. Across the board, we feel deeply about the values we want to see our country exhibit, but we realize we are more painfully divided on the substance of the "values" than we realized.

So, how do we navigate our emotions, our relationships, our conversations?  Learn more and register at www.dmpcc.org/listen

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WHW speaker and honoree  
We are thrilled to announce our 2019 Women Helping Women speaker and honoree. Please read more details here: www.dmpcc.org/WHW
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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.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - MBSR™
Afternoon and Evening Sections Available

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Registration is open for the 2019 Spring/Summer Cycle. Orientation is May 20. 
Class begins June 3. 

Afternoon: 1:00-3:30PM
Evening: 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.

Billie's Blog: Express Yourself

By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

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Because self-expression reveals authenticity, it also means saying, "No," or "Yes," depending on our need at the time, the situation, or the people involved. Our ability to say "No" or "Yes" or to speak out is tied to our ability to self-express. Self-expression is about self-permission. We allow ourselves to say what we mean. We express our thoughts and emotions clearly with our words and actions. We let other people know they have violated our boundaries, and their actions are not okay..."  READ MORE

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The Center is Hiring: Full-time Adult Therapist

We're seeking a full-time, licensed adult therapist to join our team of multi-disciplinary clinicians who are committed to a mind/body/spirit therapeutic approach.  Email letter of interest and vita to Kelli Hill: khill@dmpcc.org.  

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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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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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.
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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!
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Happy March!

I hope you warm and dry, whether here in Iowa or wherever you may be.

Here at the Center, many volunteers are working hard for the 2019 Women Helping Women luncheon and there are so many fun surprises that come with this work. With permission, I am sharing with you a lovely note we received from David Egleston, who generously provided a Leader Plus gift ($500):

"I'm 74, officially retired but still working driving a school bus for the West Des Moines Schools because that's what I choose to do to stay productive and active. At this point in my life, I want to support areas of real need and which have helped me overcome difficult times in my life's journey.  Counseling helped me enormously in my life and admit that as a male I recognize that as fairly unusual. I know that women are usually more apt to use your service if it's available to them. So, I want to do my part in assisting toward that end. 

"I usually like to participate in a low profile way. However, in this instance, maybe more men might recognize the fact that there is a need and if they have been fortunate in their own lives they can spread a little of their wealth?"

What a joy. So grateful for Mr. Egleston and for all of you. Thank you for sharing your gifts so others may seek hope and healing.

In gratitude,

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