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.


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, 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: Tuesday, April 10 1-3pm

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

Training is FULL.  Please contact Michele at event@mesh-mn.org to be placed on the waitlist.

Self-Care and Secondary Trauma

This workshop will explore how we can take time to recognize burn out and make repairs to ourselves so that we can successfully care for others.

Presented by: Geoff Meyer has worked in the Human Services Field for the past 17 year.  Along with providing trainings across the Midwest, he is the Director of Housing & Services for House of Charity.  Combining his BA in Film and Theatre with his MA in Counseling Psychology, Geoff has developed a passion for engaging staff & clients to be able to fully experience trainings and therapy.  Geoff puts a focus on person-centered, trauma informed, motivational interviewing and harm reduction with a dash of all the other treatment clichés that happen to be handy.  He encourages everyone to step back and not take themselves or each other too seriously.  “We’re all just trying to meet our needs in the healthiest way we know and each of us has a responsibility to teach and learn from each other.”

Date/Time: Thursday, April 19 9:30-11:30am

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

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Members – $20/Non-Members – $40

More trainings coming!

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

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