Highlighting 2018

As we think back on this year, we are filled with gratitude for all the ways you have joined us in a shared mission of hope and healing. A few highlights follow:
Leading with generous hearts -- 100 percent giving from the Center's board of directors.

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Board Chair Sally Wood,
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Supporting survivors of suicide loss.


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Expanding Spanish speaking counseling services and communication.
Partnering with the community for greater impact in mental health counseling and education

Prairie Meadows and Polk County helped provide critical medical technology needs to increase efficiency and sustain HIPAA compliance. Photo: Jim Hayes, executive director, Sharon Goldford, board member

Please watch for our 2018 annual report for a full listing of our generous community supporters. #grateful
Launching of an online clinical intake system to make easier the first, big step of the counseling process.
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Celebrating the 20th Anniversary Women Helping Women luncheon with a record-breaking event.


2018 Women Helping Women Co-Chairs (l-r)): Beth Coonan, Margaret Borgen and Mary Riche led the 20th Anniversary effort, raising more than $200,000 for women and girls who need mental health counseling and education.

We welcomed guests with featured speaker Connie Wimer and honoree in memoriam, Joy Corning.

For full photo gallery and more information: www.dmpcc.org/WHW 
Serving more survivors of domestic violence, and their children, through a partnership with LUNA. 
Latinas Unidas Por Un Nuevo Amanecer / Latinas United for a New Dawn.

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Children may process their experience of trauma with their clinician through sand therapy. Click image for more information.
Celebrating 19th year of the Center's C.O.O.L. practice (Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life)


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Reaching more children and adults through the Center's satellite Center in the Drake neighborhood. 

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With thanks to our partnership with Grace United Methodist Church
Meeting increased need for trauma counseling

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Giving thanks for 100 percent staff participation in donating time, talents and treasures.

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Richard Douglas, L.I.S.W. 
2018 Staff Ambassador 
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Alicia Krpan
Alicia Krpan, t.L.M.H.C
2018 Staff Ambassador
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Mark Minear
Mark Minear, Ph.D.
2018 Staff Ambassador
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Entering 10th year of the  PrairieFire renewal program

  • Flourishing since 2008, when Kathy Reardon and Kay Riley launched the pioneer cohort.
  • Graduating six cohorts and 120 participants in total.
  • Training more than 50 spiritual directors through the third year practicum in partnership with the Sophia Center in Atchison, Kansas.
  • Continuing with a new 2018-2020 cohort, and two new co-directors, Diane McClanahan and Suzanne Stout.
Training the next generation of high quality clinicians.

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Dr. Mark Poeppe, licensed psychologist, successfully completed his postdoc work and licensing through the Center's training program and is now serving children and adults as a staff psychologist.

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 Danielle Lloyd, t.L.I.S.W., successfully completed her graduate training practicum at the Center and now provides counseling for children and adolescents through the Center's C.O.O.L.practice.

Sharing knowledge about the inkblots.

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Dr. Eva Christiansen, Rorschach expert

Psychologist, Eva Christiansen, Ph.D., presented at the annual Society for Personality Assessment conference, in Washington, DC, in March of 2018. She is the Center's staff assessment psychologist, known for her enthusiasm for personality testing in general and using the Rorschach procedure in particular. She has contributed to the process of developing the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) and is teaching the method to other psychologists in the Center and in the region. 
Offering new and innovative educational opportunities for clinicians, clergy and the community. 

Such as: 
Art Activity Group
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Daring Way™ workshop, based on research of Brene' Brown
Dying Well
Ethical Boundary Training for Clergy
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction™
Pastoral Care Specialist series
Retiring or Rewiring
T rauma Sensitive Practice
Wisdom Stories


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Serving people of all ages, in all walks of life, from a range of income levels, across the spectrum of religious backgrounds (including none). 
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Thank you!
Give the gift of hope and healing. 

Will you please help children, adolescents, adults and families who need mental health counseling and education? We provide high quality services to people from all walks of life, including those are uninsured or underinsured. Your donation helps bring hope and healing, and saves lives. If you have already donated, thank you.

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Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 3,700 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. 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)
  • 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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