e-Newsletter / 1.15.20
Welcome Teri Hughes-Paulline, L.I.S.W.

Teri Hughes-Paulline, L.I.S.W.
Teri Hughes-Paulline is a Licensed Independent Social Worker joining the Center's clinical team, relocating from Davenport where she has been in private practice for many years. Teri is excited to become a part of the Center's staff as she transitions to Des Moines with her husband, Greg, to be closer to their grandchildren. Teri and Greg have three adult children, Melissa, Kate, and Geoff, and sons-in-law, David and Brandon. Their granddaughters are two-year-old twins, Madeline and Audrey, and Teri will be glad to show you their photos if you stop by her office to say hello! 

Teri and Greg have also been very active in the Quad Cities with NAMI and NAMI Walk where they were Walk Managers and stay active with Vietnam Veteran activities and fundraising. Teri is hoping to continue lap swimming once her new home is organized. She explains, "Moving from our home of 33 years, and saying goodbye to so many wonderful friends and clients has been an incredibly humbling experience, but I am ready for the new chapter of my life and I am confident my new colleagues will help me to survive!" To learn more about Teri, click HERE.
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Thank you for a terrific 2019!

Jim Hayes demos biofeedback therapy with two C.O.O.L. counselors
Thanks to generous donations from YOU, the Center can offer innovative therapy options such as biofeedback. Watch this two-minute demonstration. 
Billie's Blog: How Surrender Can Help You Heal
By Billie Wade, guest writer and PrairieFire graduate

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"Surrender does not mean giving up or giving in. Nor does it mean we allow abuse or exploitation. The gift of surrender involves recognition that we have done all we can, we cannot control the outcome. There is freedom in letting go of our need to control the situation or fix the problem. We invite the possibility of more desirable options and outcomes. We find a sense of serenity as we see a broader picture..." READ MORE 

You may find more of Billie's writing at www.dmpcc.org/billie and www.billiewade.com
The Center is hiring! 
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The Center is a finalist for Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative

The Center is excited to align with the Healthiest State Initiative and proud to be one of the finalists announced for 2020. W

The Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. The Center will be recognized formally at the annual awards banquet on February 6th. To learn more and register for the banquet, click HERE.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - MBSR™

Allison Peet - Qualified Brown University MBSR Instructor
Begins February 3
Monday Afternoons - One spot left!
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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.   Space is limited and classes are filling up!  Register now to reserve your spot.
Offering high quality counseling at a low-cost, with no waiting list

The Center's fantastic graduate students increase our capacity to offer high quality, low cost counseling -- with the bonus of no waiting list. To schedule with Emily Yen or Erin Moskal, please indicate on the intake form that you would like to meet with Emily or Erin.

 - Schedule with Emily or Erin via online intake form:

- Learn more about Emily and Erin's robust training and supervision:
Professional development for clinicians:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certification  Training for Licensed Clinicians

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Begins January 14th: The EMDRIA Certification process allows for a clinician to develop a more in-depth understanding of EMDR, case conceptualization, treatment planning and the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model. Through an additional 10 hours of Group Consultation and 10 hours of Individual Consultation, the clinician masters the 8 phases of EMDR treatment and the standard protocol.  In a supportive environment, cases are presented, leading to rich dialogue and learning of this often complex therapy....LEARN MORE.

Open House for Potential PrairieFire Students
Hosted by Diane McClanahan, M.Div., B.S.N.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:00 - 7:30PM

What is PrairieFire?
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.

If you're curious about what PrairieFire program is all about, please consider attending an open house with PrairieFire staff alongside current and past participants. We encourage those who are interested in applying to attend this opportunity. The 2020 class will start in September 2020. We invite you to consider if this program is right for you. You may also contact Diane McClanahan, the Center's Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life and co-director of PraireFire, to discuss your discernment process: dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org, tel: 515-251-6667.


For application materials and more information: www.dmpcc.org/PrairieFire
Accepting Applications

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.... READ MORE

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Thank you to our generous donors for making this service available for the community at no cost.

Support group for survivors of suicide loss

Next Meeting: January 21, 2020

The group meets every third Tuesday of the month and is facilitated by two professional counselors from the Center. All are welcome.

Mental Health First Aid 
Learning Opportunity

This class teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Classes coming up in January and April. 

Email Julie Baker with questions and to register: jbaker@iowapca.org.

More classes and groups at the Center:
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 
We are now happy and proud to be listed on GIVEdsm, a community-wide platform that highlights Central Iowa charities! We are proud to be included in such a caring and generous city. 

Check out our listing here: https://www.givedsm.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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Mission: We walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and live a fulfilling life.

Vision: The Center will be recognized as the welcoming place for those seeking inspiration, hope, and healing of mind, body, and spirit.
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Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 5,000 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through 30 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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Terri Speirs


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