Homelessness 101 – 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 101 will be offered every quarter in the Metro area using 3 models.

MODEL 1: 2 consecutive days of training (3 modules per day)  This model requires attendance at both days.  This training will take place in the 2nd and 4th quarters of the year.

MODEL 2: 3 –  1/2 days (1 – 1/2 day per month)  This model does not require attendance at all 3 in 1 quarter.  This training will take place in the 1st quarter of the year.

MODEL 3: 6 –  2 hour trainings (2 – 2 hour trainings per month)  This model does not require attendance at all 6 in 1 quarter.  This training will take place in the 3rd quarter of the year.

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.


NOW OPEN-Homelessness 101:  May 2 & 3

Our second quarter of 2017 offers Model 1: 2 full days of trainings in the metro area on May 2 & 3.

Day 1 – May 2:

  • Boundaries & Ethics: Maintaining professionalism and healthy personal boundaries are critical if you want to do good work, avoid burnout, and really help empower your clients to achieve their goals. Boundaries & Ethics will address some of the most common ethical challenges you might face when working with people who experience homelessness, and will use real-life scenarios to challenge your thinking about this topic.
  • History of Homelessness will examine the socio-economic and political factors that cause homelessness, as well as attitudes and responses toward people experiencing homelessness through several major periods of history.
  • Motivational Interviewing will cover basic tools and strategies for engagement and the stages of change as this can be one of the most difficult tasks when working with people experiencing homelessness, especially when increasingly program services are voluntary

Day 2 – May 3:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Self-Care & Secondary Trauma: This workshop looks at how we can take time to make repairs to ourselves in order to better be able to serve those around us. How do we ensure that we are not burning ourselves out and making sure that we are caring for ourselves so that we can successfully care for others?

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 2 & Wednesday, May 3, 9-4:30

Location: Center for Changing Lives, 2400 Park Av S, Minneapolis  55404

Click HERE to register.


Future Dates:

Homelessness 101 – Quarter 3 – Model 3

  • July 10 and 12
  • August 8 and 10
  • September 26 and 28

Homelessness 101 – Quarter 4 – Model 1

  • October 10 and 11