Homelessness 201

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 WORKSHOPS:

February 22 – Veteran Homelessness in Minnesota

This training will serve as a broad overview of the impacts of homelessness among Veterans, and inititives and resources available to assist Veterans experiencing a housing crisis.

Presented by: Ben Wilson is an Army Veteran of the Iraq war and is employed as the Homeless Veteran Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA). Prior to his role with MDVA, he worked as a Housing and Outreach Case Manager and Statewide Program Administrator for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Service from Hamline University in 2014, and received his Master’s in Public Administration from Hamline University in December 2016.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 22, 1-3pm

Location: St. Stephen’s Ubuntu: 2309 Nicollet Av, Minneapolis 55404

Click HERE to register.

Members – $20/Non-Members – $40

If you are a metro Hearth provider and have not used your Hearth discount, sign up and then email Michele at events@mesh-mn.org with the promo code.


March 7 – Motivational Interviewing Skills Training

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

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 carlsos@umn.edu

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 7, 1-4pm

Location: St. Stephen’s Ubuntu: 2309 Nicollet Av, Minneapolis 55404

Training is FULL.  Email Michele at events@mesh-mn.org to be placed on the wait list.

This is a 3 hour training.  Members – $30/Non-Members – $60

If you are a metro Hearth provider and have not used your Hearth discount, sign up and then email Michele at events@mesh-mn.org with the promo code.


More trainings coming!

De-Escalation: Strategies for Preventing & Responding – April 10

Self-Care and Secondary Trauma – April 19

Get notified when new training registrations go live!  Contact Michele at events@mesh-mn.org to be added to our email list.