Training

The purpose of Entry Point training is to ensure that all intake, assessment, housing navigation, outreach and housing staff understand and implement Coordinated Entry policies and procedures so that our CoC can most effectively and efficiently serve our clients experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. There are multiple training opportunities throughout the year and throughout the region. Staff can register for these training in two ways, either by clicking on the link to the list of Entry Point trainingsopens in a new window or by going to the Entry Point Calendar below. It is important for each agency to monitor staff attendance at training to ensure staff meet Entry Point training requirementsopens in a new window.

Topic:Date(s):Location:
BTU – Entry Point Annual Update
This training covers updates about how our Coordinated Entry System works. Possible topics include: our new prioritization method, how we collaborate with Youth providers and DV agencies, how we will manage matching and prioritization for Rapid Rehousing and Transitional Housing, standards for participation in training, common difficulties navigating the housing process, the Phased Assessment and HMIS, and other topics.
Assessors and their supervisors should attend at least one of these every year.
Thursday, 1/10/19
1pm-4pm
Catholic Charities - DesPlaines
1717 Rand Road, DesPlaines
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/btu-entry-point-annual-update-north-registration-52888875049opens in a new window
BT1 – Entry Point Basic Training, Part 1
(Tentative, based on demand)
This training covers the history and structure of SubCook Coordinated Entry, and an overview of the housing matching process, and our evidence-based foundational values and frameworks.
Tuesday, 2/19/19
9:30am- 12:30pm

Connections for the Homeless
2121 Dewey Ave., Evanston
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bt1-entry-point-basic-training-part-1-registration-52889469828opens in a new window
BT2 - Entry Point Basic Training, Part 2
(Tentative, based on demand)
This training covers how the housing matching process works, how to complete the SubCook Phased Assessment and VI-SPDATs, and how to document a client’s homeless history and disability
Tuesday, 2/19/19
1:30pm- 4:30pm
Connections for the Homeless
2121 Dewey Ave., Evanston
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bt2-entry-point-basic-training-part-2-registration-52889539035opens in a new window
BT3 – DV 101, Screening and Safety Planning with Kerry Hill
Basics about DV, how to recognize survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking, and how to make plans and take steps to ensure their safety, healing, and access to care.
Thursday, 4/4/19
10am-1pm
BEDS Plus Care
9601 Ogden Ave., La Grange
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bt3-dv-101-screening-and-safety-planning-registration-53196171180opens in a new window
Wednesday, 2/6/19
1pm-4pm
Westchester Village Hall
10300 W. Roosevelt Rd., Westchester
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cc1-cultural-and-developmental-competence-for-transition-aged-youth-tay-registration-52889595203opens in a new window
Tuesday, 1/29/19
10am-1pm
South Suburban PADS
4411 W. Gatling Blvd., Country Club Hills
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cc1-cultural-and-developmental-competence-for-transition-aged-youth-tay-registration-52889657389opens in a new window
CC2 - Cultural Competency and Making Safe Space for LGBTQI-GNC People
This training reviews current terminology and concepts around gender and sexuality, explores special risk factors faced by LGBTQI-GNC people, and provides best practices and skill building for making safe space and providing sensitive and competent care and support.
Friday, 4/5/19
10am-1pm
Aunt Martha’s
440 Forest Blvd., Park Forest
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cc2-cultural-competency-and-making-safe-space-for-lgbtqi-gnc-people-registration-53197477086opens in a new window
EBP1 - Housing First Framework and Efficacy
Explores the basic principles of Housing First, how it works, and how we apply it in order to house clients with the greatest vulnerability and most complex needs.
Wednesday, 1/23/19
10am-1pm
Aunt Martha’s
440 Forest Blvd., Park Forest
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ebp1-housing-first-framework-and-efficacy-registration-53198372765opens in a new window
EBP4 - Motivational Interviewing Concepts and Skills
This is an introduction to the clinical skill of motivational interviewing, its values, and how to use OARS skills to identify ambivalence in a client and collaborate toward greater client self-efficacy and goal-directedness.
EBP4 - Motivational Interviewing Concepts and Skills
This is an introduction to the clinical skill of motivational interviewing, its values, and how to use OARS skills to identify ambivalence in a client and collaborate toward greater client self-efficacy and goal-directedness. Monday, 2/11/19
1pm-4pm
Northwest Compass
1300 W. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ebp4-motivational-interviewing-concepts-and-skills-registration-53198481089opens in a new window
EBP6 - Outreach and Engagement Best Practices and Skills Share
This trainings covers effective frameworks and strategies for conducting outreach to people experiencing homeless and to community stakeholders, and provides opportunities for seasoned Outreach Practitioners to share resources and best practices.
This training is required for all staff receiving outreach funding through the CoC or CE, but everyone interested in OR is welcome.
Monday, 1/14/19
1pm-4pm
Northwest Compass
1300 W. Northwest Highway, Mount Prospect
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ebp6-outreach-and-engagement-best-practices-and-skills-share-registration-53198547287opens in a new window
EBP2 - Trauma and its Impact
Explores how trauma impacts people emotionally, psychologically, physically, etc., and how post trauma response shows up in people’s behaviors and functioning.
Friday, 3/15/19
10am-1pm
W.I.N.G.S.
5104 Tollview Dr., Suite B., Rolling Meadows
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ebp2-trauma-and-its-impact-registration-53198596434opens in a new window
EBP3 - Trauma Informed Care
How to set up environments and programs that are sensitive to and safe for those who have experienced trauma.
This training will be more helpful for those who have attended “Trauma and its Impact” first.
Monday, 4/8/19
1pm-4pm
Harper College Learning & Career Center
1375 S. Wolf Road, Prospect Heights
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ebp3-trauma-informed-care-registration-53198667647opens in a new window
Dealing Effectively with Agitated People
This training covers how behavior might escalate with an agitated person, and how staff might use our voice, body, and skills to decelerate stress and agitation, and preserve calm and safety.
Friday, 1/18/19
12pm-3pm
Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry @ First United Church of Oak Park
848 Lake St., Oak Park
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dealing-effectively-with-agitated-people-registration-53198923412opens in a new window
Mental Health First Aid*
How to recognize when someone might be developing a mental health disorder or experiencing a mental health crisis, and how to intervene in a helpful and productive way. Includes info on Depression, Anxiety, Substance use and Psychosis, and how to assess and respond to common crises, including suicidal thinking, panic attack, and severe reaction to a traumatic event.
*This training results in a MHFA certification and has an additional materials fee of $25.
Two-day class:
Wednesday, 4/24/19 AND Thursday, 4/25/19
12pm – 5pm (attend both)
Housing Forward
1851 S. 9th Ave., Maywood
(park on Lexington and enter on 9th Ave.)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-tickets-53199629524opens in a new window
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention* (CPI) REFRESHER
CPI is an internationally-recognized and -employed model that examines how a person’s anxiety and behavior might escalate, and identifies the appropriate staff response to deescalate behavior, including proper use of personal spacing, paraverbal behavior, nonverbal cues, and touch, as well as effective limit setting and productive debriefing of crisis incidents.
This is a refresher training, and is only open to those who have been trained in CPI in the last year.
*This training results in a CPI certification and has an additional materials fee of $25.
Wednesday, 3/6/19
1pm-4pm
Housing Forward
1851 S. 9th Ave., Maywood
(park on Lexington and enter on 9th Ave.)
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nonviolent-crisis-intervention-cpi-refresher-registration-53199406858opens in a new window

A few general notes about training:

  • All training sessions require advance registration on Eventbrite at the URL listed for each training. You do not need to print and bring a ticket.
  • Trainings have an attendance capacity to ensure comfort for participants.
  • Parking pointers, accessibility info, and other details will be provided after you register.
  • Most trainings will be offered again in future quarters in other regions.
  • All trainings are FREE unless otherwise noted.
  • This schedule is subject to change.
  • Social Work CEUs may be available for an extra fee. Inquire at least one week in advance of the training if interested.
  • With any questions, please contact Jake Bradley: jbradley@housingforward.org

Blue = West, Green = North, Red = South

Anyone from any region is welcome at any location!