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

Click HERE for more information and to register.

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 for more information and 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 for more information and to register.

Members – $20/Non-Members – $40


More trainings coming!

Housing Support (formerly GRH) – August 16

Stage 3 Motivational Interviewing – September 11

Mindfulness – September 20

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