Classes & Events

Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice

Trauma can have lifelong effects, yet it can also lead to a heightened sense of meaning and spirituality. This workshop examines how trauma affects the spirituality of therapists and others who listen to survivors’ stories. Skills for maintaining hope and faith while witnessing trauma will be provided. This workshop is designed for professionals working with survivors of trauma, e.g., counselors, clergy, spiritual directors, medical personnel, etc.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Cost: $75 (lunch is provided)
Registration: Contact the Center 515/274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org
Facilitator: Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW
Christine Dietz, Ph.D., is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, spiritual director and Reiki Master. She received her M.S.W. from the University of Iowa and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a  graduate of the Lev Shomea Training Program for Spiritual Direction in the Jewish Tradition. Christine’s focus in counseling is on helping people reconnect to their innate wholeness and renew their sense of hope and possibility.

PrairieFire Open Houses

Is there a fire burning in your heart?
Do you desire to experience a more meaningful life, one enriched by:

  • cultivating a contemplative spirituality
  • deepening your spiritual awareness
  • creating new ways of building and contributing to community
  • living authentically in an increasingly challenging and unpredictable world?

Applications are being accepted now through July 1st for the September 2014 PrairieFire class. Application materials are available on-line at http://dmpcc.org/our-services/life-spiritual-enrichment/ or by contacting Kathy Reardon, RN, MS, kreardon@dmpcc.org or 515/274-4006.

 
WHW Save-the-Date

Speaker:        Sandy Hatfield Clubb, Director of Athletics, Drake University
Topic:             Finding the Light Within
Honoree:        Connie Wimer, owner and Chairman, Business Publications Corp.
Date:               Friday, May 16, 2014
Time:              11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:         Embassy Suites on the River, 101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines
Reservations: $50 (includes lunch); $200 Women Helping Women Leader

Since 1999, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center has sponsored an annual luncheon to raise awareness of our work with women struggling with the challenges of life and to generate funds to help subsidize counseling for low- and moderate-income women and girls with limited resources.  Please join us for this uplifting event in celebration of women.  Invitations will be mailed in April. Mark your calendar! Call the Center today (515/274-4006) to request an invitation.

Spring 2014: Soul Care for the Professional Listener
~ A 10-Week Course

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is pleased to offer Soul Care for the Listening Professional, a 10-week series designed for professionals for whom listening is a key component of their work.  Nurses, social workers, therapists, spiritual directors, addictions counselors, clergy, chaplains, hospice staff, and those employed within religious institutions are invited and encouraged to participate. By becoming more grounded in an understanding of what spirituality means to them personally and professionally, participants will be able to better address the spiritual natures, questions, and themes of the people with whom they relate. This self awareness will enable participating professionals to relate with increased sensitivity and presence. Each weekly class will include presentation of didactic material (50%) as well as experiential components (50%).

Dates:                  Fridays, February 14 – April 18, 2014
                              
8:15 – 9:45 a.m.

Place:                    Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Ave., Urbandale, IA
50322

Cost:                      $200      

Contact Hours:  15.00 (CEUs available);1.8 Nursing CEUs applied for

Facilitator:          Kathy Reardon, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.

Registration:      Contact the Center: 515-274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org
                             Class size limited to 22

Objectives:        Upon the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
~  Delineate spirituality as the personal meaning, purpose, and sacredness that infuse one’s lived experience.
~  Describe the nature of human condition, the false self system, and the true self.
~  Distinguish between active listening and generous (heart) listening.
~  Articulate practices that cultivate generous listening including silence, stillness, attention, intention, and presence.
~  Explain the stages of spiritual growth and their relationship to personal growth.
~  Differentiate among the conditions of depression, acedia, and spiritual darkness.
~  Demonstrate an understanding of the body’s unique ability to communicate wisdom and guidance.
~  Discuss the concepts of attachment, detachment, and non-attachment.
~  Identify the healing benefits of forgiveness, gratitude, and mindfulness for individuals and in relationships.
~  Communicate the meanings of change and transformation and the difference between the two.

Macintosh HD:Users:dianemcclanahan:Pictures:iPhoto Library:Originals:2013:Oct 4, 2013_2:reardon-kathy.jpgFacilitator:   Kathy Reardon, RN, BSN, MS, integrates backgrounds in nursing, counseling, and spirituality in her work at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.  She works holistically with people dealing with serious illness, chronic disease, pain, loss and grief, trauma, depression and anxiety, life transition, aging, and spiritual questions.  She is Co-Director of PrairieFire, a two-year spiritual renewal and formation program offered through the Center.  She is a member of The American Holistic Nurses Association, Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, and Spiritual Directors’ International.

 

Apr
23
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Apr 23 @ 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
Apr
25
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Apr
30
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Apr 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
May
7
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
May 7 @ 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
May
13
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
May 13 @ 8:45 am – 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 2013-2014 is posted below.

September 10: Topic: “REACHing for Forgiveness: Practical Applications and Implications of a 5-Step Model of Forgiveness in Ministry”
Presenter: Patrick Weeg, M.S.W.

October 8:Topic: “Addictions and Co-Dependency”
Presenter: Paul Witmer, M.Div.

November 12:Topic: “The Spirituality of Children”
Presenter: Ana Echevarria DelCorazón, L.M.S.W.

December 10:Topic: “Stress among Church Leaders”
Presenter: Ellery Duke, Ph.D.

January 14:Topic: “Close to the Broken Hearted: Pastoral Care for Depression”
Presenter: Scott Young, Ph.D.

February 11:Topic: “Trauma and the Body”
Presenter: Susan Ackelson, L.I.S.W.

March 11: Topic: “When and How to Refer”
Presenter: Lisa Streyffeler, Ph.D.

April 8: Topic: Companioning the Dying and their Families
Presenter: Elaine Lundstrom, L.M.S.W.

May 13: Topic: “Loss and Grief”
Presenter: Mary Kay Casey, Bereavement Coordinator

June 10: Topic: “Renewing the Spirit”
Presenter: Kathy Reardon, R.N., M.S.

May
14
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
May 14 @ 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
May
21
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
May 21 @ 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
May
28
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
May 28 @ 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
Jun
4
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Jun 4 @ 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
Jun
11
Wed
Souljourners @ St. John’s Lutheran Church
Jun 11 @ 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