Greater MN Trainings – REGISTRATION OPEN

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 for scholarship and membership questions.  MESH membership allows discounted pricing for all MESH trainings.

Upcoming Trainings:

Homelessness 201 – Tools for Voluntary Services in Housing First Programs: Trauma Informed Care, Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing

April 18, 2017

In partnership with Hearth Connection, MESH is excited to bring our first training to Northeast Minnesota! Voluntary services are vital in the Housing First model, but how do you engage clients without required services? This training will incorporate information on several best practices typically used in Housing First programs to support and engage clients with unique needs and barriers.

This is a combination of a few workshops by trainer, Geoff Meyer, below are the descriptio;ns of the those workshops.

Presented by Geoff Meyer

Geoff has worked in the Human Services Field for the past 17 years. Along with providing trainings across the Midwest He is the Director of Housing and Services for House of Charity. Combining his BA in Film and Theatre with his MA in Counseling Psychology Geoff has developed a passion for engaging staff and clients to be able to fully experience trainings and therapy. Geoff puts a focus on person-centered, trauma informed, motivational interviewing and harm reduction with a dash of all the other treatment clichés that happen to be handy. Geoff encourages everyone to step back and not take themselves or each other too seriously. “We’re all just trying to meet our needs in the healthiest way we know and each of us has a responsibility to teach and learn from each other.”

Further Course Description:

Trauma Informed Care has become a bit of a cliché and many funders are requiring a “Trauma Informed Approach”, but what is it really? This workshop takes a look at Trauma Informed Care from the perspective of someone who has experienced a traumatic event and then dives deeper into the psychology of trauma and recovery.

Creating Lasting Change – You Can’t Do Anything You Don’t Want To Do incoporates elements of Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction.  Attendees will learn the core of motivation and change when working with “resistant” individuals. Attendees will discover how to not work harder than the people they are working with whether it is their clients, children, spouse, or coworkers.

Housing First: is a best practice approach to quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Housing First is also a philosophy that shapes the crisis response system and Coordinated Entry and is important knowledge for everyone, not just those working in Housing First programs.

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 18, 10-3pm (Lunch and snacks provided)

Location:  Fortune Bay Casino: 1430 Bois Forte Rd, Tower, MN  55790

Registration is closed.


SOAR Fundamentals Training NOW OPEN

This training will take place on May 22 & 23 in Duluth.

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