Thank you West Bank! 

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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. Click image to check out listing. Thank you!

Psychiatrist, Physician Assistant, or Nurse practitioner is open:

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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is awarded $45,000 from Prairie Meadows for technology updates and innovation

James E. Hayes, D. Min., M. Div., Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

“Thank you to Prairie Meadows for this tremendous boost for our clients and counselors,” said Jim Hayes, the Center’s Executive Director. “Thousands of individuals in Central Iowa will benefit from this generosity.”

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View our 2018 Annual Report Summary

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Media Release: Women Helping Women event raises $210,000 to provide mental health services for women and girls in need

2019 Women Helping Women Speaker Gina Skinner-Thebo and Honoree Susan Voss. Click image for full release and photos.

Pastoral Care Specialist Program – Register Now

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September 12, 2019 – June 10, 2021

This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Read more and register here:  dmpcc.org/pastoralcarespecialist


Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

Every 3rd Tuesday of every month / 7:00-8:30PM
No need to register.  No cost.
A support group for survivors of suicide loss, no matter how long ago your loss occurred. This is offered at no cost with thanks to community support.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – MBSR™ 

Although stress is at the cause of many physical illnesses and psychological disorders, it is not often diagnosed or treated at the root level. There are very few resources that effectively treat stress as a condition. MBSR™ is an 8-week intensive course, backed by 38 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, increase stress hardiness, focus, creativity, regulate emotions, and allow a greater sense of self-care and well-being.  Read more and register here…


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47 years of hope and healing — and more in our April newsletter

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