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.  

Motivational Interviewing used to be part of our 101 content.  It is now a 3 part 201 series that will be offered throughout the year.  See description at bottom of page for more information.

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.

Registration OPEN:

April 10 – Safe Harbor in the Storm: Minnesota’s Response for Sexually Exploited Youth

Creating a statewide safety net for Minnesota’s youth who are being sexually exploited is no easy task, and no one entity can do it alone. It takes genuine partnerships, a public health approach, and commitment from all stakeholders. The Safe Harbor Law has led to the implementation of a victim-centered system of response to identify youth victims of sexual exploitation and move them toward healing. Attendees will learn about sexual exploitation, Safe Harbor, and how to join efforts to respond to youth victims with a trauma-informed approach and become an important part of the Safe Harbor safety net for youth.)

Presented by: Dina Chou works at the MN Department of Human Services managing grants for Safe Harbor Shelter and Housing programs and does policy work related to services for youth who have been trafficked or exploited. Before coming to DHS, Dina worked with families experiencing homelessness in Hennepin County.

Paula Schaefer is the Safe Harbor Training Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health, providing training for agencies serving sexually exploited/sex trafficked children and youth. Paula was a consultant for a number of years for the child welfare and juvenile justice systems providing consultation for agencies throughout the U.S and Canada.

James Scott is the Senior Program Manager for StreetWorks, a collaborative of youth serving agencies in the seven county metro area and a program of Lutheran Social Services. Before joining StreetWorks, James Scott worked for HCMC’s Inpatient Psychology Department and managed the shelter, transitional living and outreach programs for Hope Street in South Minneapolis.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 10, 1-3pm

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

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Members – $25/Non-Members – $50 (This is a 3 hour training)


April 15 – Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice III: Change Talk

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

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: Monday, April 15, 1-4pm

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

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Members – $35/Non-Members – $70 (This is a 3 hour training)


April 18 – 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 is the Program Director 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 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, April 18, 1-4pm

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

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Members – $35/Non-Members – $70 (This is a 3 hour training)


April 24 – Understanding Refugee Resettlement: in Policy, Programs & Practice

This session covers the basics of the refugee journey from the refugee camp through the extensive security vetting process to U.S. arrival.  It offers a broad overview of the systems and resources that manage and facilitate the entry and integration of a select subgroup of immigrants into the United States. The presentation clarifies who is eligible for a status of humanitarian protection, populations who are in Minnesota, local barriers to integration for host communities as well as those escaping persecution, and the different roles that agencies, the state of Minnesota and the Federal Government play in the resettlement process.

Presented by: Patricia Fenrick and Kristine Bjerkaas Friesen work for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office. They have extensive experience working with Minnesotans who have come to the state with refugee and other humanitarian protection status serving in various capacities with nonprofits and local and state government in both direct service and policy development.

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 1-3:30pm

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

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Members – $30/Non-Members – $60 (This is a 2.5 hour training)

Upcoming Trainings:

May 6 – Creating Trauma Informed Organizations Using the Sanctuary Model

May 13 – Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice I: the Spirit of MI & OARS

MESH H201 Training fees are scheduled to increase in March 2019:
Current MESH Members $20  Non-Members $40

Starting March 2019 MESH Members $25   Non-Members $50

Click HERE for more information about the change.

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

NEW – Motivational Interviewing is now a 3 part series for our Homelessness 201 training.  Each stage will build on the previous so please make sure you either take them in order or review pre-requisites before registering.  This is a hands on, practical training to help build motivational interviewing and reflective listening skills.  Contact Michele with any questions.

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice I: the Spirit of MI and OARS

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

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice II: Promoting Change and Complex Reflections

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

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice III: Change Talk

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.
  • Practice how to support the transition from “preparing to change” to “taking steps”
  • Practice developing a plan for change that takes into account contextual challenges and the power of ambivalence and habitual behavior