Summer Programming 2022


Parents and Caregivers 


Our Pay What You Can Philosophy

We believe in accessibility in critical mental health programs. For all programs (excluding the Educator Wellness Retreat & programs for credit), you will find a suggested price listed on each registration page. Pay what you are able to pay, if you are able to pay. Donations to sponsor others' participation are also welcome. Help us help others.

Youth Programs

Growing the Love - Therapeutic Gardens

This program focuses on improving youth mental health through the therapeutic properties of nature and gardening, mentorship, service-based learning, and work in Drake University's Sprout Garden (located at 1300 30th St. in Des Moines). Join us for a fun time working in the sun and soil while learning about mental health!


The middle school group will meet on Wednesdays at 9:00 - 11:00am from June 15 - August 3.


The high school group will meet on Mondays at 6:00 - 8:00pm from June 13 - August 1.

(No sessions during the week of July 4.)

Ongoing Bilingual Support Group

This virtual support group is a space for bilingual Spanish-speaking teenagers to share their experiences and feelings with others. Participants will have the opportunity to make connections, gather resources, and develop self care skills and techniques.


This group will be facilitated by Karol King, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, every other Wednesday Via Zoom at 6 pm until April 6th. Starting April 21st this group will be held every other Thursday.

Summer Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups

Youth will engage in therapeutic activities led by a master’s level clinician/individual to learn and practice appropriate skills to improve their mental health and wellbeing. There will be various groups, each dedicated to skills such as managing stress, self-esteem, anxiety, and social skills.

Groups will meet once a week for eight weeks starting June 7th and ending on August 4th. (No sessions during the week of July 4.) Groups will be held at the Mickle Center (1620 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA 50314) or at the Des Moines Central Library in Conference Room #2 (1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309).

Anxiety Groups
Self-esteem groups
Coping Skills Groups
Managing Stress Groups

Youth Workshops for Orgs and School Groups 

Want us to come and teach your young people about mental health and healthy coping skills? Youth workshops engage middle and high school students in mental health learning. Youth gain a better understanding of warning signs, coping skills, how to help a friend, self-expression, and much more. These interactive 60-minute sessions allow students to learn and express themselves alongside their peers. Students can choose from three different workshops including, Basic Youth Mental Health, Self-care, and Youth Voice. If you serve youth at your organization or school, please reach out to us at to schedule a youth workshop today!


  • Self-Care Workshop (60 minutes)

  • Mental Health Basics Workshop (60 minutes)

  • Youth Voice Workshop (60 minutes)

Summer Parent/Caregiver Coffee Pop Ups

Parent/Caregiver Programs

In these informational sessions, parents will have an informal, safe, supportive space to chat about their experiences with other caregivers, learn more about topics surrounding mental health and recognize they are not alone in their journey. Topics include how to talk to children about mental health, advocating for their child’s needs, anxiety in youth, mental health basics, and how to raise resilient kids. All of these sessions will happen at local coffee shops in the Des Moines Metro. Registration not required, just drop on by!

  • How to Talk to Your Child About Mental Health - June 9th, 8:00 - 10:00am @ The Slow Down

  • Anxiety in Youth: What it is and What You Can Do - June 23rd, 7:00 - 9:00am @ Smokey Row

  • Navigating the Mental Healthcare System - July 7th, 8:00 - 10:00am @ The Slow Down

  • How to Raise Resilient Kids - July 21st, 7:00 - 9:00am @ Smokey Row

The Slow Down -  3613 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313

Smokey Row - 1910 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314

Ongoing Parent/Caregiver Support Group 

This support group is a safe space for parents and caregivers of a student struggling with mental health concerns to both share their experiences and develop self care skills and techniques. As part of this group, participants will have the opportunity to give and receive support, encouragement, and feedback from other attendees. This group is facilitated on Mondays at 7pm through June 6th via Zoom.


  • Monday April 4th @ 7-8 pm 

  • Monday April 11th @ 7-8 pm

  • Monday April 18th @ 7-8 pm

  • Monday April 25th 7-8 pm

  • Monday May 2nd @ 7-8 pm 

  • Monday May 9th @ 7-8 pm

  • Monday May 16th @ 7-8 pm

  • Monday May 23rd @ 7-8 pm

  • Monday June 6th @ 7-8 pm 

Educator Programs
Young Teacher
Most of the educator programs are also available for license renewal credit. Email for more information.

Restorative Practice Workshop

Educator Wellness Retreat

Restorative Practices are gaining popularity in schools and classrooms across the state and country because they have tremendous outcomes from being grounded in strengthening relationships & building community. If you've ever wanted to learn more about restorative practices. including what they are, and how to go about implementing them in your classroom, this workshop is for you! Together we will learn what restorative practices are, see examples of how others have used them successfully, investigate how you could implement them, and, finally, complete an action plan for you to use starting day one.


This workshop will be in a virtual format, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7 – June 30, 2022, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Lunch & Learns 

Let's face it; teachers need a voice in what knowledge will work the best for them. Whole group professional developments are great, but sometimes educators need individual help and strategies. Please Pass the Love's Lunch and Learns will do just that. These short, informal Facebook Lives will give teachers the basic knowledge behind many of the Basic School Mental Health Tier 1 practices for their classrooms. Each live will introduce a topic, give background information, offer ideas for best practice implementation, and have time for Q&A at the end. We are open to suggested topics based on teacher need and engagement. Join us every Wednesday from June 8 - August 3, 2022, from 12:00 pm-12:30 pm to participate in this amazing learning opportunity.

Save the dates!

June Topic- Building Positive Relationships - EMR Model

    • June 8 - Building Positive Relationships

      • How to ESTABLISH Positive Relationships

    • June 15 - Building Positive Relationships

      • How to MAINTAIN Positive Relationships

    • June 22 - Building Positive Relationships

      • How to RESTORE Positive Relationships

July Topic - Social Emotional Learning Tier 1

    • July 6 - Social Emotional Learning Tier 1

      • SEL Introduction

    • July 13 - Social Emotional Learning Tier 1

      • SEL Tier 1 Classroom Strategies

    • July 20 - Social Emotional Learning Tier 1

      • SEL w/ Culturally Responsive Lens

    • July 27 - Social Emotional Learning Tier 1

      • SEL Standards and Resources

Have you ever wanted a useful professional development that focuses on you as an educator? This educator wellness retreat is a weekend spent learning and applying the Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) developed by MHTTC. The Adult Resilience Curriculum (ARC) for Educators can help educators and their organizations navigate these unprecedented times and overcome barriers to well-being that persist even in non-pandemic years. Through self-paced learning, ARC provides the structure that is often missing from meaningful well-being programming. This retreat will be held the weekend of July 22 - July 24, 2022, at the Downtown Des Moines Mariott hotel. 

 The cost for the weekend is $385, and this includes:

  • Your hotel room for two nights (standard 2 Queen bed room), 

  • Parking at the hotel

  • All supplies and materials, 

  • Friday night happy hour and supper, 

  • Saturday breakfast and lunch, coffee, water, and snacks. 


Please Pass the Love is offering a $100 discount for anyone who signs up before May 31, 2022. That makes your total cost for the retreat $285! 

Permission to Feel Book Study

What opportunities have you had to learn about emotional intelligence (EQ)? Have you ever spent time evaluating or understanding your own EQ? Teachers are often expected to teach social-emotional learning with little training and a vague awareness of their own emotional intelligence. The book Permission to Feel, by Dr. Marc Brackett, is a must-read for any educator teaching social-emotional learning to students. This book study aims to teach the basics of emotional intelligence, how it impacts our relationships, and how to understand our own EQ, It has concrete strategies and approaches for self-emotional intelligence with implications for how we can, in turn, teach our students these skills.


This class is an online class. Educators can earn 1 licensure credit with successful completion of this book study but can also take it for no credit. We will meet, virtually, Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12 - July 28, 2022, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

Behavioral Health Tech Program

In collaboration with AmeriCorps, this program provides Iowa high school students with behavioral health tools and techniques through apps such as Sanvello, Woebot, and Wysa. The program aims to foster the development and implementation of coping skills into students’ daily routines. Students and school administrators will also have the support of AmeriCorps members to reflect on their experiences and newly developed skills. The program will be available state-wide starting Fall of 2022 (pending grant approval).

If you are interested in being part of the statewide fall rollout or just want more information fill out the form below. Questions can also be emailed to