Free Training in the Lone Star State – May 25 & 26!

by Laura Winn
May 11, 2010

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HRC is hosting a free two-day regional training open to all homeless service providers in El Paso, TX on May 25th & 26th. We’ll be offering the HRC’s core curriculum, Promoting Wellness: An Integrated Approach to Homeless Service Delivery. Join us to learn more about innovative strategies for providing homeless services and creating environments that are person-centered, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented.

We’ve been working closely with local partners to offer sessions to meet training needs in the region. Local experts who will present include:

  • Carlos Marentes, Executive Director of Sin Fronteras, a program working with migrant farm workers, will share his program’s award winning model.
  • A Veterans Affairs liaison, Charm Mizer, will talk about resources in El Paso for serving veterans.
  • Jennifer Jones, a local school district administrator, will discuss educating immigrant kids who are experiencing homelessness.
  • Josué Lachica, a faculty member at the University of Texas El Paso, who works with students exiting foster care and at risk of homelessness, will share his insights.

In addition, HRC’s training team will share their expertise on Motivational Interviewing, Consumer Integration, Trauma-Informed Care, Self-Care, Housing and Outreach. Participants will learn how to address the needs of individuals coping with co-occurring disorders and the needs of the region’s veterans. HRC trainers include Ken Kraybill, Steven Samra, and Wayne Centrone, among many others.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available to participants who complete the training. Writing this makes me realize what a rich training this will be! Last month, I traveled to South Carolina to provide logistical support for the last HRC Regional Training. As my first experience interacting with providers, I realized how much HRC can learn from providers in different parts of the country. Everyone has his or her own unique story to tell.

I hope you can join us on May 25th - 26th in El Paso, TX to see the Homelessness Resource Center in action. We are SAMHSA’s training and technical assistance center for homeless service providers and we’re very excited to work with you. Register now for the HRC Regional Training or email me at if you have any questions.

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