The Leadership Academy for Homeless Services was created to provide professional development and share best practices and innovations to promote excellence and consistency in the quality of care provided to our homeless neighbors. The Leadership Academy is a 10-week program that includes a combination of in-person trainings and online computer-based courses, networking opportunities and weekly discussion about topics and experiences in the field. Contact Shannon Barnes for additional information.
Goals for the Leadership Academy include:
- Increased knowledge on selected topic areas;
- Increased collaboration between partner agencies;
- Expanded leadership opportunities for graduates;
- Improvement in system performance; and
- Improved service delivery.
January 3, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.: Interest meeting
January 8, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.: Applications due
January 10, 2020 | Participants selected and notified
January 17, 2020 | Cohort 1 Orientation
CASE MANAGER BOOT CAMP
Case Manager Boot Camp is an incredibly valuable training for anyone who wants to learn more about homeless services in our community. Attendees learn about what the Continuum of Care is, how it functions, important systems we work with, best practices in case management, a walking tour of the Lancaster area, and other useful services available to those experiencing homelessness.
Interested in scheduling Boot Camp for your group? We offer this training for small groups (10-12) outside of the regularly scheduled times. Email Shannon Barnes ([email protected]) for more information.
UPCOMING GENERAL MEETING TOPICS
General Meetings are open to the public and held the third Tuesday of each month; meetings cover various topics relevant to direct homeless services providers.
Presented by Laura Hopkins
If you were able to attend and have further questions, or if you were not able to attend and would like to review what was covered please review below. Attendees learned more about the implementation before the launch of our new Upward Program, an economic mobility model targeting better access to employment for those experiencing homelessness in our community. Case Managers were able to learn how to help raise income, help gain quality employment, and help access better opportunities for those most vulnerable in our city.
If you weren’t able to sit in on Org Code’s Diversion training, take a few minutes to review the info. Our community is looking at how we can incorporate diversion throughout someone’s experience of homelessness to connect them with resources and supports. Click below to review the training and to read more about progressive engagement.
BEST PRACTICES - JUNE 14, 2017
Participants learned what it takes to successfully implement a best practice in their work with people experiencing
homelessness. Topics covered include:
- Elements of the mindset and heart-set
- Trauma-informed practice
- Critical Time Intervention
- Motivational interviewing
- The benefits of integrating peer support
TRAUMA INFORMED CARE- JUNE 29, 2017
Presented by Seanna Crosbie, LCSW
Participants in this interactive and engaging all-day workshop were provided withspecific intervention skills to assistthose who have experienced trauma. Attendees learned about the four areas of trauma work which include: recognition(of trauma and trauma systems), (self-) reflection, (self) regulation and redirection, along with the six core values oftrauma-informed work. After this training participant should have a better understanding of the connection betweenhomeless and trauma.
HOUSING FIRST- JULY 20, 2017
Presented by CSH
Recognized as a proven response to the problem of homelessness, the Housing First approach is a recovery-orientedapproach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independentand permanent housing, followed by provision of additional supports and services as needed. This training will helpservice providers have a more thorough understanding of what Housing First is and how to effectively implement it withclients served in our community.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY- AUGUST 10, 2017
Presented by Sandra Lopez, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW
This training helps practitioners develop an understanding of culture, how it impacts service delivery, and identifyspecific strategies for promoting cultural competence with clients served, with a focus on those persons who are experiencing homelessness.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID- SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
Presented by Health and Human Services Commission
This training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of theirimpact, and overviews common supports. Anyone interested in learning more should contact TCHC to request materials
CRITICAL TIME INTERVENTION-SEPTEMBER 20-21, 2017
Presented by CUCS Institute
Critical Time Intervention is an evidence-based practice designed to prevent recurrent homelessness, recidivism, andother adverse outcomes during the period following placement into housing from shelters, hospitals and otherinstitutions. This training includes an overview of CTI and reviews the specific treatment areas and how to implementthem into your practice. Contact TCHC to request materials
EMERGENCY SHELTER LEARNING SERIES
Presented by CUCS Institute
This training helps practitioners develop an understanding of culture, how it impacts service delivery, and identifyspecific strategies for promoting cultural competence with clients served, with a focus on those persons who areexperiencing homelessness.
Click here to access the training in its entirety or view individual sections below.
- The Role of Emergency Shelter in a Crisis Response System
- The Keys to Effective Low Barrier Emergency Shelter
- How to Transition your Emergency Shelter to a Low-Barrier and Housing-Focused Shelter Model
- Which Rules are the Right Rules for Low Barrier Emergency Shelters?
- Rules and Safety in Low Barrier Shelters that serve Single Adults