Careers & Clinical Training Opportunities

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization offering a broad range of mental health careers and clinical training program opportunities.

In our 50 years, we have grown to serve 3,000+ individuals annually, including 450+ children. Our services are made available to people from all walks of life, including those who need to access sliding scales or subsidies made possible through our generous donors. With a shortage of mental health services, we offer opportunities for careers and training to help fill that gap.


Clinical Training Programs

The Center’s Clinical Training Program is an intensive experience for professionals seeking a rigorous education and real-world experience. Each tier of the program includes classroom instruction, clinical supervision, peer consultation, direct service provision to clients and integration into the day-to-day workings of a large mental health clinic addressing a variety of needs.

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Graduate Clinical Training Program

The premier nine-month internship experience for motivated graduate students seeking a rigorous education and real-world experience.

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Clinical Postgraduate Residency Program

Formal clinical residency program includes ongoing supervision and structured independent learning for post graduates seeking licensure.

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Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program

The one-year internship exposes predoctoral candidates to a variety of clinical supervised activities to prepare them for entry-level practice as a generalist in psychology.

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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The one-year program provides essential training for psychologists entering the field while serving the Center’s capacity to meet growing demand for critical services.

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Learn about the respected history of our Clinical Training Program

The Center founded the Graduate Clinical Training Program in 1980, just eight years after the Center itself was established. The founding leaders knew that to best serve the community, the Center needed to help ensure a steady stream of qualified practitioners by sharing knowledge and cultivating a culture of learning.

Over the years, the Center has earned a reputation as offering a premier training experience for motivated graduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral students entering the mental health field in social work, clinical mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychotherapy, psychology. The Center has successfully prepared more than 120 mental health clinicians over the years, with more than 95% of graduates licensed to practice in Iowa.


Current Job Opportunities

Now Hiring
Assistant Director of Development

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is seeking an Assistant Director of Development to join our team. The ideal candidate will communicate clearly and professionally in writing and speaking. In addition to collaborating with others, being a self-starter, reliable, well organized, having the ability to multi-task and pay close attention to detail is important.

The purpose of this position is to ensure community support to maintain and grow the Center’s mission and increase the Center’s brand visibility throughout Central Iowa. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, building relationships with individuals and organizations, assisting with the Annual Fund, managing the Center’s grant program, written communication pieces for programs, events and fundraising, and oversight of the Center’s social media and brand identity.

Experience and educational requirements: The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree with
5-7 years’ experience in development and fundraising, strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, experience in grant management and knowledge of database management.

Benefits include: Competitive salary, health/dental insurance, retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave. Collegial working environment.

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization offering a broad range of mental health services, serving more than 4,000 individuals annually including 700 children. Best known for its 51 years of quality, professional mental health therapy, the Center provides multi- faceted services, programs and classes through 30 multi-disciplinary professionals. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center implemented a robust telehealth service delivery system. Key services include:

• Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents known as C.O.O.L.
• Psychological testing and assessment
• Psychiatric consultation and care (medication management)
• Spiritual Direction
• Training for clinical professionals
• Leadership and spiritual life programming
• Mindfulness Based stress reduction
• Community Education opportunities

Please send a letter of interest, resume and sample of writing to prove successful history of writing to:

Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, Mind & Spirit Counseling Center, 8553 Urbandale Ave., Urbandale, IA 50322, or email lsloterdyk@mindspiritcenter.org.

For more information about the Center, visit our website www.mindspiritcenter.org.

Licensed Therapists

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center (formerly known as Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center), a well- established nonprofit organization, is seeking two full-time licensed therapists (e.g., psychologist, clinical social worker, mental health counselor, marriage and family counselor) to join our team of multi-disciplinary clinicians who are committed to a mind/body/spirit therapeutic approach and serving all ages. We are seeking 1) a licensed therapist who specializes in working with children and adolescents and 2) a licensed therapist who works with adults and couples. Bilingual abilities in Spanish are a plus.

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization offering a broad range of mental health services, serving 3,000 individuals annually including 700 children. Although best known for its 51 years of quality, professional mental health therapy, the Center provides multifaceted services, programs and classes:

  • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
  • Psychiatric consultation and care (medication management)
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Training for graduate students, clinical professionals and the community
  • Holistic approaches
  • Spiritual direction
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming
  • Community Education opportunities

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community for our clients and employees. For more information about the Center, visit our website.

Please send a letter of interest and vita to:

Kelli Hill, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
khill@mindspiritcenter.org
515-274-4006

Licensed Psychologist – Psychological Assessment

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center, a well-established nonprofit organization, is seeking a full-time or part-time, licensed psychologist to join our team of multi-disciplinary clinicians who are committed to a mind/body/spirit therapeutic approach and serving all ages. We are seeking a licensed psychologist experienced and interested in psychological assessment.

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization offering a broad range of mental health services, serving 3,000 individuals annually, including 460 children. Although best known for its 50 years of quality, professional mental health therapy, the Center provides multi-faceted services, programs and classes:

  • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
  • Psychiatric consultation and care (medication management)
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Training for graduate students, clinical professionals and the community
  • Holistic approaches
  • Spiritual direction
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming
  • Community Education opportunities

Please send a letter of interest and vita to:

Kelli Hill, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
khill@mindspiritcenter.org
515-274-4006

Licensed Child Therapist

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is seeking an experienced licensed psychologist or social worker to join the team of clinicians in the Center’s child and adolescent program, called Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life (C.O.O.L.).

Please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Kelli Hill, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
khill@mindspiritcenter.org
515-274-4006

Therapist: Ongoing request for applicants

We are always interested in Doctoral or Master’s level therapists, licensed with the State of Iowa.  We counsel adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families.

Please send a letter of interest and resume to:

Kelli Hill, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services
Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322
khill@mindspiritcenter.org
515-274-4006


Why join the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center team?

  • freedom to build your own practice
  • flexible hours, no required weekends, no on-call
  • mind, body, spirit approach and educational options for clients
  • reception and administrative assistance
  • insurance and billing assistance
  • marketing support
  • professional consultation options
  • in-house psychiatry and psychological testing
  • well appointed office space and waiting rooms
  • robust telehealth capacity
  • outdoor gardens and green space
  • updated technology and support
  • culture of learning
  • diverse, multidisciplinary colleagues
  • professional development and licensing assistance
  • respectful, supportive and fun workplace community
  • staff kitchenette includes filtered water and coffee
  • meditation room for clients and staff
  • easy parking
  • convenient location near cafes, restaurants and shopping
  • family health benefits
  • community-support