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.  

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:

December 17 – Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice II: Promoting Change and Complex Reflections

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

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. He can be reached at carlson561@gmail.com

Date/Time: Monday, December 17, 1-4pm

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

Click HERE for more information and to register.

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

Upcoming Trainings:

Motivational Interviewing Skills Practice III: Change Talk – January 14 

Self-Care as Healing from Trauma & Burnout – January 23

Somali 101 – February 6

Engagement, Building Trust & Promoting Change – February 11

Attention: All fees for trainings will be increasing in March 2019 for Homelessness 201 trainings.  Member rates will increase $5 per training.  Non-member rates will increase $10 per training.  Membership rates and Homelessness 101 trainings will not 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

Roster of Trainings since 2016:

  • Refugee Process 101
  • Social Security Disability: the Process & the Myths
  • Motivational Interviewing (3 part series)
  • Somali 101
  • GA & MSA: Two Programs You Should Know More About
  • LTH & Chronic Homeless Definition
  • Working with Youth in Non-Youth Related Organizations
  • Self-Care (variety of approaches)
  • Creating Trauma Informed Organizations Using the Sanctuary Model
  • Trauma: the Neurobiology Behind It & Best Practices for It’s Treatment
  • Housing from a Landlord’s Perspective
  • Intersections of DV & Sexual Assault and Homelessness/Housing
  • Culture Matters
  • Personality Disorders
  • Landlord/Tenant Law for Social Workers
  • Working with LGBTQ Clients
  • De-Escalation: Strategies for Preventing & Responding
  • Veteran Homelessness in MN
  • Renters’ Rights & Domestic Abuse
  • Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma, Integrated Treatment & Recovery-Oriented Approaches
  • Working with Homeless Older Adults
  • Housing Support (formerly GRH) Overview
  • Mindfulness
  • Understanding the Definitions of Homelessness