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.  Click HERE to join MESH.

Upcoming Trainings:

July 19 – Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma, Integrated Treatment and Recovery-Oriented Approaches

Mental illness and substance use disorders co-occur in more and more of our clients, presenting us with increased problem complexity and challenge.  Add to that trauma histories and homelessness, we are often left feeling overwhelmed and helpless in how to respond.  This workshop will provide an introduction to and historical background for treating co-occurring disorders, the role of trauma, and how to support someone who is experiencing these multiple challenges.

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.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 19, 1-4pm

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

Training is full.  Please email Michele at events@mesh-mn.org to be placed on wait list.

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


July 24 –  Working with Homeless Older Adults

The Catholic Charities Homeless Elders program, through funding from DHS, has developed training modules designed to assist housing staff and other service providers work more effectively with homeless older adults (ages 55+).  Our training for MESH includes information on our program and the following topics:

  • The problem of homelessness among Older Adults in Minnesota
  • What is different about homelessness in the Older Adult population?
  • Physical Health and Limitations
  • Mental Health and Trauma
  • Dementia and Memory Loss
  • Health Insurance and Medical Assistance waivers
  • Social Security
  • Housing for Older Adults

Presented by: Lori Halbur, LICSW & Jeffrey Maciej, LICSW – Lori and Jeff are licensed clinical social workers who have worked with the Catholic Charities Homeless Elders program since Fall 2016.  Prior to this, Lori provided care coordination for seniors through Catholic Charities and Jeff provided care coordination and case management services for adults with disabilities through Touchstone Mental Health

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 24, 1-3pm

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

Click HERE to register.

Members – $20/Non-Members – $40


July 26 – Self-Care as Healing from Trauma & Burnout

We’re halfway through 2018 – do you need a boost?  Why not make the rest of the year about self-care? What if your goal was to love your job every day? Burnout is something we hear about frequently but in this training we will look specifically at the immediate cause: secondary trauma. As providers, we interact with people who are going through trauma every day and eventually that rubs off on us. Secondary trauma permeates every aspect of our personal lives – relationships, hobbies, passions and more. Through this training we will discuss the signs of secondary trauma and (more importantly) practice skills to minimize and prevent burnout from happening.  I can almost guarantee you’ll have fun!

Presented by:  Monica Shaffer has worked with trauma survivors for several years. The women she supports have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, chronic homelessness, political torture, human trafficking, chemical dependency and more. She is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for the Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis Campus.

Date/Time: Thursday, July 26, 1-3pm

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

Click HERE to register.

Members – $20/Non-Members – $40


August 6 – Stage 1: Motivational Interviewing Skills Training

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

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.

Date/Time: Monday, August 6, 1-4pm

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

Click HERE to register.

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


August 16 – Housing Support (Formerly GRH)

This training will describe the Housing Support (formerly Group Residential Housing) program in detail.  We’ll spend time discussing who is eligible for Housing Support, what it’s like for a person to work while receiving Housing Support, how the program interacts with other resources, and much more.

Presented by: Jeremy Galley is a Housing Support (formerly GRH) specialist in the Housing Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Jeremy loves spreading the word about the Housing Support program and the unique role it can play in supporting housing access and stability for people in Minnesota.

Date/Time: Thursday, August 16, 1-3pm

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

Click HERE to register.

Members – $20/Non-Members – $40


August 20 – Stage 2: Motivational Interviewing and Skill Practice

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 the workshop you will:

  • Know how to appropriately respond to and work with your client’s 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 

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.

Date/Time: Monday, August 20, 1-4pm

Location: NW Family Center: 7051 Brooklyn Blvd, #200, Brooklyn Center 55429

Click HERE to register.

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


More trainings coming!

Stage 3 Motivational Interviewing – September 11

Mindfulness – September 20

Landlord/Tenant Law for Social Workers – October 10

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