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A Primer on Goal Planning on ZOOM

February 3, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

There is a cost for this training.
CEUs offered: 3

Course Description:

Goal planning seems simple. Identify something our client wants, make a plan to get there, call it done! Easy peasy. Or is it? Many of us in human services are required to create some form of goal tracking sheet. Although we may feel satisfied, or relieved, when it is are completed, these plans often get filed away and lie dormant until they are up for review.

In this workshop we will address these questions:

  • Why is it that so often our best laid plans with clients do not lead to successful, meaningful change
  • How do we know when it is the right time to set goals?
  • What can we do if our client is not ready to make a change?
  • How does understanding Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs/Motivation support goal planning?
  • How does the SMARTY acronym increase the likelihood our clients will get what they want?

Presenter Bio:

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

This is a 3 hour training.  

How to register:  Registration below is broken into Member & Non-Member.  If you are unsure whether you are part of a member organization or would like more information about membership, please contact Michele.  If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be walked through payment process and receive an automated email confirming your payment and registration.  If you choose to pay by check, you will receive an invoice from MESH.  Payment is expected prior to training date.  Please contact Michele if scholarship help is needed.  You may register more than 1 person at a time and note the names in the space provided. The Zoom link will be provided the day prior to the training. If you do not see the reminder email with the link – please check your spam/junk folder or email Michele right away.


February 3, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Steve Carlson


Scholarships Available