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 WORKSHOPS:

May 23 – Renters’ Rights and Domestic Abuse

This training will help advocates and service providers identify legal issues related to housing and domestic abuse.  Topics will include challenging denials of rental applications for adverse factors in rental history that are the direct result of domestic violence, lease violations, protected calls for emergency assistance, breaking the lease for safety reasons, emergency transfers under the Violence Against Women Act, and confidentiality considerations.  Legal tools can help individuals facing homelessness obtain and retain housing.

Presented by: Colleen Walbran is an attorney with the Housing Discrimination Law Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.  Colleen provides trainings for tenants and helps them enforce their rights in situations involving unfair denials of housing, differential terms and conditions of rental, and terminations of tenancy.  Audrey Liquard is a housing attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid who represents tenants in eviction proceedings and cases involving repairs. Before becoming an attorney, Audrey worked as a domestic abuse victims’ advocate.

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 23,  2-4pm

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

Registration is FULL.  Contact Michele to be placed on wait list.  events@mesh-mn.org

Member-$20/Non-Member-$40


May 29 – Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and Basic Skill Building

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is learned best in stages, over time, and with opportunities to practice.  This workshop is the first of a 3 part series 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. He can be reached at carlson561@gmail.com 

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 29,  9am-12pm

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)


June 6 – General Assistance & MN Supplemental Aid: Two Programs You Should Know More About!

You’ve probably heard of General Assistance (GA), Minnesota’s cash program for adults who are unable to work, and Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA), which gives extra income to people on SSI. But there’s more to these programs than you might think! Come learn how GA and MSA work, and pick up some tips that can help you successfully connect your clients with these helpful resources.

Presented by:  John Petroskas is a policy specialist at the MN Department of Human Services.  He has worked in housing and homelessness for the last 16 years. John helped start the Housing First program at Catholic Charities, then managed supportive services at Higher Ground, an innovative shelter and housing program for adults with long histories of homelessness. He has also worked at MESH, the Wilder Foundation, and HUD.

Date/Time: Wednesday, June 6, 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


June 11 – Motivational Interviewing INTERMEDIATE Skills Training (Building on original MI training)

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 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

Participants should have completed Stage One Motivational Interviewing or be familiar with the concepts that have been covered in that training.

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: Monday, June 11, 1-4pm

Location: Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church: 900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi 55115

Click HERE to register.

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


More trainings coming!

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

Working with Homeless Older Adults – July 24

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

Housing Support (formerly GRH) – August 16

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