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.


February 6 – De-Escalation: Strategies for Preventing & Responding

In our efforts to support residents, guests, or clients in maintaining housing we may find ourselves in unsafe or potentially violent situations.  In these circumstances we need effective emotional control and an ability to de-escalate powerful emotions in others. This workshop will focus on effective strategies for preventing and/or responding to emotionally tense moments. The topics covered include:

·       A brief overview of various causes of potential violence including mental illness, traumatic brain injury, stress reactions or low frustration tolerance

·       Seeking understanding using reflective listening

·       Assessing danger and risk

·       Defusing intense emotions through joining

·       Transitioning from venting to problem solving

Presented by: Steve Carlson, Psy.D. is a Clinical Trainer with the MN Center for Mental and Chemical Health. He has been working in the mental health field for over thirty years in a variety of settings, mostly in Community Mental Health Centers.  For fifteen years Steve directed the Spectrum Homeless Project, a supportive housing program for formerly homeless individuals with mental illness.  Topics for training have included: Motivational Interviewing (Steve is a member of MINT), Harm Reduction, Co-occurring Disorders, Stages of Change Model, Mindfulness and Mental Health, The History and Psychology of Long-Term Homelessness, and other mental health topics.  As a Certified Trainer in Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Steve provides training and consultation to various agencies around the State of Minnesota as well as nationally.

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6, 1-3pm

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

Training is FULL.  Please contact Michele to be placed on wait list.  events@mesh-mn.org

Members – $20/Non-Members – $40

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

More trainings coming!

Motivational Interviewing Skills Training – March 13

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