Classes & Events

Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice 

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec.2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a 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.

Organic Ministry: Cultivating Soil & Soul

Course Description:

This course is aimed at pastoral leaders in congregations, though it is neither strictly limited to professional clergy nor to those who serve in congregations. The course is built upon the participant’s direct experience of creation on, and the culture of, a small, diversified family farmstead. The farm serves as the context for practical and theological study of the nature of the church as household within the divine economy of Creation and Kingdom. Attention is given to those understandings and practices that make for the health of the individual and the household in its spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, interpersonal, vocational, and creational dimensions.

How does it work?:

Participants enroll for a full year, gathering monthly in groups of up to eight to spend a day on the farm (8 a.m. – 4 pm, February through January, excluding December).  The first half of the day is spent engaging Creation’s processes by way of the shared labor of light farm work (such as weeding the garden and tending the chickens).  The second half of the day is spent in quiet time, prayer, reflection, and facilitated discussion.  Conversation typically revolves around the given life experienced and observed in nature, its biblical and theological expressions, and the uncanny similarity of any organic “household” — whether a group of colleagues, a flock or family, the plant-community of a garden or the people-community of a congregation.  As one participates in and reflects upon the regenerative order of Creation, new thinking and functioning is encouraged toward the “Holy health” of the pastoral leader, the family and the congregation.

Cost:

The year-long program costs $775 per person, which includes lunches, occasional guest speakers, but does not include textbooks.

Location:

Taproot Garden, 10633 Drake Street, Norwalk IA 50211

Meeting Schedule:

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM First Monday of each month (February through January, omitting December)

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For additional information contact Diane McClanahan, Director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry; 515-251-6667. 

 

September 2014 – January 2015

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.

Oct
14
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Oct 14 @ 8:45 am – Jul 12 @ 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.

Nov
11
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Nov 11 @ 8:45 am – Aug 9 @ 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.

Dec
5
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Dec 5 @ 8:15 am – Feb 20 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a 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.

Dec
9
Tue
Pastoral Care Specialist Program @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Dec 9 @ 8:45 am – Sep 6 @ 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.

Dec
12
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Dec 12 @ 8:15 am – Feb 27 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a 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.

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

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

Dec
15
Mon
PrairieFire – Monday Program @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Dec 15 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

PrairieFire will meet on the third Monday of the month, September – June, 2014 – 2016. Note: In January the class will meet on the fourth Monday due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.

Dec
19
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Dec 19 @ 8:15 am – Mar 6 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a 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.

Jan
9
Fri
Trauma Work as a Spiritual Practice @ Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Jan 9 @ 8:15 am – Mar 27 @ 9:45 am

Trauma has lifelong effects, but it can also lead to a heightened sense of
meaning and spirituality. This course examines how trauma affects the spirituality
of counseling professionals, clergy, medical professionals and others who listen
to survivors’ stories. Participants will develop skills for maintaining hope and faith
while witnessing trauma.

To register contact the Center at (515) 274-4006 or info@dmpcc.org, by Tuesday, Dec. 2nd. For additional information contact: Christine Dietz, cdietz@dmpcc.org or (515) 251-6659. CEUs are available for Counseling Professionals, Clergy and Nurses.

Christine Dietz, Ph.D., LISW is the program facilitator. Christine is a counselor and spiritual director at the Center, as well as a 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.