Greater MN Trainings

Homelessness 101 is a series of trainings covering essential material needed for working in homelessness and housing and is best suited for staff who are newer to the field or for staff looking for refreshers on best practices. Currently, the six modules included are: Housing First, History of Homelessness, Motivational Interviewing, Boundaries & Ethics, Self-Care/Secondary Trauma and Trauma Informed Practice. We believe that these six trainings cover content that every person in the field should have a basic understanding of as we work towards the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.

Homelessness 201 is our primary training series and is designed to help staff (at all levels) build new skills and tools to better serve people experiencing homelessness. H201s focus on emerging and ongoing needs within our community. The content can be specific to population or program models and often build off the content covered in H101.  

We don’t want cost to be a barrier for anyone to access quality training. Please contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org for scholarship and membership questions.  MESH membership allows discounted pricing for all MESH trainings.

Upcoming Trainings:

SOAR Fundamentals Training NOW OPEN

Mankato: July 25/26

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Homelessness 201: Trauma: the Neurology Behind it and the Best Practices for it’s Treatment

This workshop will provide an overview of the neurobiology of trauma and best practices​ for its treatment. We will look at how brain and body are altered by the experience o​f​ trauma and discuss simple ways to share this information with the clients you serve so they may better understand their struggles.​​ We will explore the core components of implementing trauma-informed care into​ the realm of social services.

​This workshop will include practical ways to incorporate​ trauma informed principles into your interactions with clients, in ways that increase​ understanding, maintain empathy, and foster improved care.​

Presented by:  Ryan C. Van Wyk, Psy.D., LP, is a licensed clinical psychologist ​and the founder of MN Trauma Project, an organization that aims to increase accessibility to trauma informed care in the state of MN. Ryan is a Captain and behavioral health officer​ in the MN Army National Guard​. He works full time as a licensed psychologist for North Memorial Health, where he leads the Post Traumatic Stress Recovery Program within the Addiction and Mental Health Clinic  ​

As a therapist, he specializes in the treatment of complex trauma and​ dissociative disorders and has additional specialization in the treatment of co-occurring eating disorders​ and addictions. He frequently presents on the implementation of trauma informed care practices as well​ as the intersection of trauma​ with​ both eating disorders and addictions.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 27, 10-2 – Includes lunch

Location: Lakes & Pines: 1700 Maple Av E, Mora, 55051

Training is FULL.  Please leave message with Michele at 612-298-7134 if you want further information.


Homelessness 201: General Assistance/MN Supplemental Aid: 2 Programs You Should Know More About & Client Engagement – Sponsored by Hearth Connection

GA/MSA: You’ve probably heard of General Assistance (GA), Minnesota’s cash program for adults who are unable to work, and Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA), which gives extra income to people on SSI. But there’s more to these programs than you might think! Come learn how GA and MSA work, and pick up some tips that can help you successfully connect your clients with these helpful resources.

Client Engagement:  Working effectively with people who are homeless requires a trusting relationship, but sometimes people are reluctant to trust us and accept the services we offer. This presentation will cover some of the reasons people are uncertain about accepting our help, and ways we can bridge that divide. It will focus on practical things we can do to build and maintain trust with clients who aren’t sure about working with us.

Presented by:  John Petroskas is a policy specialist at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  Before joining DHS, John worked in programs that served homeless families and adults.  At Catholic Charities, he helped start the Housing First program, which provides supportive housing for adults who have experienced long-term homelessness.  He also worked for the Wilder Foundation, Metrowide Engagement on Shelter and Housing (MESH), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Date/Time: Monday, August 21, 12:30-3:30

Location: Owatonna Public Utilities: 208 S Walnut St, Owatonna 55060

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