Classes & Events

Pastoral Care Specialist Program

This two-year program is specifically designed for pastors, parish nurses, Stephen Ministers, chaplains and other religious professionals involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting one Tuesday morning each month, participants increase their knowledge about topics critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants solidify what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. Read More

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For a list of topics and presenters for September 2014 – June 2015, click here.

For additional information,contact Diane McClanahanDirector of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry.

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Workshop

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured, experiential model of couple therapy that helps partners move from conflict, distance and distress to increased openness and trust.  As these active cycles of conflict that fuel distress are identified and resolved, the therapist can help couples access and expand underlying emotions of sadness, loneliness and fear so both partners can begin to shift their relationship to one of secure engagement, leading ultimately to a strong and enduring attachment bond.

Take advantage of this training being offered in the Des Moines area for the first time!

WHEN: Friday September 12, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT

GUEST FACULTY: Jeff Hickey, LCSW,Director, Chicago Center for EFT

CEUs Offered: 6
 
Regular Registration: $100
Student Registration: $50
Includes program materials, continuing education & snacks. Lunch on your own.

FOR WORKSHOP INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=m7wthdoab&oeidk=a07e9b4oekn2e0a76b6

PrairieFire – New Saturday Class this Fall!

Is there a fire burning in your heart?

For the first time, a PrairieFire class is planned for Saturday’s, beginning September 13, 2014. PrairieFire is a program of spiritual renewal and formation which meets monthly over the course of two years.This new weekend offering will meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

PrairieFire is open to anyone who wishes to gather with others to:

  • explore contemplative spirituality
  • deepen spiritual awareness
  • create new ways of building and contributing to community
  • live authentically in an increasingly challenging and unpredictable world

Applications for PrairieFire’s Saturday class are being accepted through July 31st for the program beginning in September 2014. Informational materials are available on-line at http://dmpcc.org/our-services/life-spiritual-enrichment/ or by contacting Kathy Reardon, RN, MS, at kreardon@dmpcc.org or 515/251-6660; or Diane McClanahan at dmcclanahan@dmpcc.org or 515/251-6667.

DON’T WAIT TO REGISTER – CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS

Intentional Interim Ministry Training

In April 2014, the Institute for the Practice of Ministry graduated 19 new Intentional Interim Ministers from three faith traditions. September 22- 25, 2014, the Institute will begin training the next class of pastors.

Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) training is for pastors:
• who are mature in ministry;
• whose leadership skills are proven;
• who are called to connect their specialized gifts and graces to congregations with special transitional needs on a short-term basis (six months to three years);
• who are able to do ministry under pressure and prefer to re-set a congregation’s course swiftly and surely; and
• who enjoy providing leadership that restores and renews a congregation spiritually and procedurally.

If this describes your leadership style as well as your sense of call, Read More to register NOW! Registration Deadline: August 15, 2014

To visit about IIM contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry. 

 

July – September 2014

Jul
30
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Jul 30 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Aug
6
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Aug 6 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Aug
13
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Aug 13 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Aug
20
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Aug 20 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Aug
27
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Aug 27 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Sep
3
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Sep 3 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Sep
9
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 9 @ 8:45 am – Jun 7 @ 12:00 pm

The Center’s Pastoral Care Specialist Program is a two-year program of professional development and renewal, designed for clergy, religious professionals, and other persons involved in ministries of pastoral care. Participants meet monthly to address the practical skill, knowledge, and sensitivity critical to effective pastoral care. During each session, participants are also provided support, encouragement, and consultation on their work. Participants can solidify what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries. Registration is limited. The deadline for reservations is August 20th. The curriculum for 2014-2015 is posted below.

September 9:    Topic:  “Family Systems and Congregational Life”

                          Presenter:  Kay Kinkel, M.A.

October 14:       Topic:  “Contemplative Listening Skills”

                          Presenter:  Kay Riley, M.A., Spiritual Director

November 11:    Topic:  “Living with Illness and Chronic Pain:  From Adversity to Transformation”

                          Presenter:  Diane Glass, Spiritual Director

December 9:      Topic:  “Stages of Relationships”

                           Presenter:  Alissa Birkenholtz M.S.W.

January 13:        Topic:  “Memory Loss and Cognitive Decline”

                           Presenter:  Mark Minear, Ph.D.

February 10:      Topic:  “Evil in Every Day Life”

                           Presenter:  Jeff Means, M. Div., Ph.D.

March 10:           Topic:  Caring for the Anxious:  A Non-Anxious Presence in an Anxious World

                           Presenter: Amy Spangler-Dunning M.Div., M.S.

April 14:             Topic:  “Challenges of Adolescence”

                          Presenter: Jill Jordahl-Ball, Psy.D.

May 12:             Topic:  “Ministry to the LGBT Community”

                          Presenter:  Douglas Aupperle, Ph.D.

June 9:              Topic:  “Working Constructively with Conflict”

                          Presenter:  Diane McClanahan, M.Div.

Sep
10
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Sep 10 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Participants do not need to pre-register, but they are encouraged to call Lowell Houts at (515) 274-4006 prior to attending their first Souljourners meeting.

Souljourners seeks to address the subtle and not-so-subtle challenges facing men today. Sessions include short presentations on current issues commonly facing men, referencing contemporary authors such as Sam Keen, Herb Goldberg, John Grey, and Warren Farrell. The presentations are followed by a group processing time, allowing for reflection and discussion. Topics may include:

  • Modern Myths/Modern Man
  • Work and Worth
  • Male/Female Communication Styles
  • The Changing Face of Manhood
  • Fathers and Sons
  • Fathers and Daughters
  • Masculine Spirituality
Sep
12
Fri
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Workshop @ Sheraton West Des Moines
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a structured, experiential model of couple therapy that helps partners move from conflict, distance and distress to increased openness and trust.  As these active cycles of conflict that fuel distress are identified and resolved, the therapist can help couples access and expand underlying emotions of sadness, loneliness and fear so both partners can begin to shift their relationship to one of secure engagement, leading ultimately to a strong and enduring attachment bond.

The effectiveness of EFT is strongly supported by 25 years of respected outcome and process research that identifies the interventions most impactful in creating lasting change.  This detailed overview will utilize video examples, brief exercises and discussion to help facilitate participants’ understanding of EFT.

Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Conceptualize couples distress and relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.
  • Name and describe the three key change events in EFT.
  • Identify four specific interventions that help couples work through negative affect and create secure attachment.

Guest Faculty

Jeff Hickey is a licensed clinical social worker and director of The Chicago Center for EFT.  Jeff is a certified EFT trainer, and provides presentations throughout the United States.  Jeff also has advanced training in addiction treatment and sex therapy and maintains a couple-focused private practice in Evanston, IL.

Sep
13
Sat
PrairieFire – Saturday Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Sep 13 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

PrairieFire will meet on the second Saturday of the month, September – June, 2014 – 2016.