Greater MN Trainings – REGISTRATION OPEN

Homelessness 101 is an intensive overview workshop providing a basic orientation to the field of ending homelessness.  Includes: Housing First, History of Homelessness, Client Engagement (Motivational Interviewing), Boundaries & Ethics, Self-Care Secondary Trauma and Trauma Informed Practice.

Homelessness 201 trainings take more in depth looks at varieties of topics relating to serving those who are homeless or precariously housed.

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:

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

Click HERE to register.