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.  

Motivational Interviewing used to be part of our 101 content.  It is now a 3 part 201 series that will be offered throughout the year.  See description at bottom of page for more information.

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.  Click HERE to join MESH.

Registration OPEN:

February 25 – Engagement, Building Trust & Promoting Change

By and large, clients who seek help from human service workers do not believe (or minimally believe) they need to make a change in their approach to resolving their problems in living.  The reality is, however, developing more effective life skills is critically important for overcoming life’s challenges. Effective engagement skills are essential to build a trusting, collaborative relationship that will support our clients in recognizing their need to let go of ineffective patterns and adopt strategies that support growth and change. This workshop will focus on the development of worker-client engagement skills, relationship building, and supporting change through solution-focused strategies.

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 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 Care using the Sanctuary Model, 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 and nationally. Steve is a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He can be reached at carlson561@gmail.com

Date/Time: Monday, February 25, 1-4pm

Location: Colonial Church: 6200 Colonial Way, Hearth Room, Edina 55436

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


March 19 – Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice II: Promoting Change & Complex Reflections

This is the second Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop in a series of three.  Incorporating the foundations of MI learned in the first workshop, you will be introduced to the stages of change model and how MI utilizes this approach for assisting clients to initiate and further their process of change.  You will learn how to evoke from your client their reasons for change, assess readiness, and incorporate complex reflections into your work.  By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know how to appropriately respond to and work with your clients stage of change using MI
  • Be able to form complex reflections to evoke intrinsic motivation
  • Have practiced “focusing” in order to narrow down your client’s concerns into a “target behavior” that becomes the focus of change
  • Have used the “Change Ruler” and decisional balance in the process of identifying various aspects of client motivation

PREREQUISITE:

  • Understand the uses of MI, in what context it is most helpful, and how to begin using MI strategies with your clients
  • Have practiced effective listening skills to support deep understanding of what your client(s) are motivated towards
  • Understand and have practiced OARS

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 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 Care using the Sanctuary Model, 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 and nationally. Steve is a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He can be reached at carlson561@gmail.com

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 19, 1-4pm

Location: NW Area Foundation (Drake Building): 60 Plato Blvd E Suite 400, St Paul 55107

Click HERE to register.

Members – $35/Non-Members – $70 (This is a 3 hour training)

Upcoming Trainings:

April 10 – Safe Harbor in the Storm: Minnesota’s Response for Sexually Exploited Youth

April 15 – Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice III: Change Talk

MESH H201 Training fees are scheduled to increase in March 2019:
Current MESH Members $20  Non-Members $40

Starting March 2019 MESH Members $25   Non-Members $50

Click HERE for more information about the change.

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

NEW – Motivational Interviewing is now a 3 part series for our Homelessness 201 training.  Each stage will build on the previous so please make sure you either take them in order or review pre-requisites before registering.  This is a hands on, practical training to help build motivational interviewing and reflective listening skills.  Contact Michele with any questions.

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice I: the Spirit of MI and OARS

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is learned best in stages, over time, and with opportunities to practice. This workshop is the first of a series of three focusing on the foundations of and beginning strategies of MI. In this workshop you will learn about the Spirit of MI, counseling skills that are essential to effective practice, and an introduction to various MI tools including OARS. By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Understand the uses of MI, in what context it is most helpful, and how to begin using MI strategies with your clients.
  • Have practiced effective listening skills to support deep understanding of what your client(s) are motivated towards
  • Understand and have practiced OARS

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice II: Promoting Change and Complex Reflections

Incorporating the foundations of MI learned in the first workshop you will be introduced to the stages of change model and how MI utilizes this approach for assisting clients to initiate and further their process of change. You will learn how to evoke from your client their reasons for change, assess readiness, and incorporate complex reflections into your work.  By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Know how to appropriately respond to and work with your clients stage of change using MI
  • Be able to form complex reflections to evoke intrinsic motivation
  • Have practiced “focusing” in order to narrow down your clients concerns into a “target behavior” that becomes the focus of change
  • Have used the “Change Ruler” and decisional balance in the process of identifying various aspects of client motivation

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice III: Change Talk

In this workshop you will learn about “change talk,” what it is, how to recognize it, and what to do when you hear it.  By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Have learned about and practiced strategies that facilitate client change based on the underlying motivations of importance, confidence, and readiness.
  • Practice how to support the transition from “preparing to change” to “taking steps”
  • Practice developing a plan for change that takes into account contextual challenges and the power of ambivalence and habitual behavior