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/Harm Reduction, History of Homelessness, Client Engagement, Boundaries & Ethics, Trauma Informed Practice and Ending Homelessness. 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.  Click HERE to join MESH.

Upcoming Trainings:

May 16- DUAL Training: Motivational Interviewing & Creating Trauma Informed Organizations Using the Sanctuary Model- in partnership with Hearth Connection

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a unique style of communicating using a client-centered approach while directing the interaction in the direction of positive change.  This approach to working with clients reinforces intrinsic motivation while exploring the ambivalence common to anyone who is contemplating change. In this training you will have an opportunity to practice the subtle balance between being directive AND client-centered.

What you will be learning:

  • Develop your listening and interviewing skills
  • Identify and explore client ambivalence around making changes
  • Learn about OARS
  • Learn how to respond to resistance
  • Identify and respond to client change-talk with EARS


  • Creating Trauma Informed Organizations Using the Sanctuary Model: This workshop will introduce the Sanctuary Model, a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which, at its core, promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. As an organizational culture intervention, it is designed to facilitate the development of structures, processes, and behaviors on the part of staff and clients that can counteract the biological, affective, cognitive, social, and existential wounds suffered by the victims of traumatic experience. At this workshop you will learn about the seven sanctuary commitments, the four key interactive aspects of recovery from trauma (S.E.L.F.), and the process for introducing this model within your agency.

Presented by: Steve Carlson, PsyD has been working in the mental and chemical health field for over thirty years in a variety of settings, mostly in clinical and management positions at various Community Mental Health Centers.  He is currently employed by the University of Minnesota as a Clinical Trainer at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health.  Additionally, Steve is an Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Community Faculty Member at Metropolitan State University.  His areas of interest and specialty include Integrated Mental and Chemical Health Treatment, Stages of Change & Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Mindfulness and Mental Health, The Psychology of Long-Term Homelessness, Trauma-Informed Organizations, Supportive Housing Model and other mental health topics.  As a Certified Minnesota Trainer in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Steve provides training and consultation to agencies around the State of Minnesota. He can be reached at

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 16 9-3:30 (Lunch is provided)

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

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Member $50/Non-Member $100