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:

 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

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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

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


September 11 – Stage 3 Motivational Interviewing and Skill Practice

This is the third workshop in a series of three with a focus on learning and practicing strategies that assist clients who are ready to make a personal change. 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.
  • Practiced how to support the transition from “preparing to change” to “taking steps”
  • Practiced developing a plan for change that takes into account contextual challenges and the power of ambivalence and habitual behavior.

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
  • 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

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: Tuesday, September 11, 1-4pm

Location: YMCA NE: 2304 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis 55418

Click HERE to register.

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


September 20 – Mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying friendly attention to yourself and the world around you. Its origins come from Eastern Philosophy but many of the principles have been adapted to several different types of disciplines in today’s world with great success (eg. Psychology, Healthcare, Social Services, Education etc.). Practicing Mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety and improve focus and communication. Mindfulness allows for somebody to be more likely to have intent when making decisions. This session is intended to be a first step (hopefully followed by many more) in understanding what Mindfulness is and how it is applicable to Supportive Housing. The information will be directed toward providers and how they can develop this skill to increase their ability to work better with those around them.

Presented by: Warren Duncan and Courtney Knoll

Warren Duncan: Warren is a Regional Manager at Hearth Connection.  As a native of Des Moines, IA, he graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Sociology.  He began his career as a volunteer at a meal program and delivered meals to the homeless on the streets of Des Moines.  Warren has worked with homeless children in an emergency shelter, with at-risk adolescents at an alternative high school, supervised a group home in the south metro and served as a Case Manager for the chronically homeless in the Twin Cities.  He has been working in permanent supportive housing for the last 10 years and is passionate about using Housing First and Harm Reduction principles.

Courtney Knoll: Courtney has been working in the homelessness and supportive housing field for the last 10 years, including the past 4 at MESH. She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Minnesota and is passionate about ending homelessness and creating policy and programs that work for people who need them most. She “curates” the MESH Facebook page (that you should follow) at www.facebook.com/mesh-mn and can be reached via email at courtney@mesh-mn.org

Date/Time: Thursday, September 20, 1-4pm

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

Click HERE to register.

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


More trainings coming!

Understanding Definitions of Homelessness – October 2

Landlord/Tenant Law for Social Workers – October 10

Stage 2 Motivational Interviewing and Skill Practice – December 17

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