Training Dates

Summer 2020 

  •  This intensive training will run for 1 weekend (Saturday and Sunday) plus several evenings. Let us know if you’re interested in this training and we’ll give you more details. 

Fall Semester at UTK – Training starts August 20

  • 7pm to 9pm each Tues and Thurs. (Class runs 8 weeks; total of 16 class sessions)

  • Location: University of Tennessee campus

  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is over the weekend of August 29 -30

  • If taking this class for PSCY 399 credit at UTK you MUST also register with UTK by contacting Dr Erin Hardin at:

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  • Please contact our Executive Director ( if you have questions.

Volunteers Needed!

What do you get?

  • Help your community
  • Volunteer with great people
  • Learn crisis intervention and communication skills
  • Gain experience in a rewarding atmosphere
  • Receive class credit as a reward for volunteering

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Completion of volunteer training is the first step to becoming a CONTACT Care Line Crisis Line Specialist and responding to calls on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL).  Our “Art of Active Listening” training provides hands-on experience helping people from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The training program teaches powerful listening skills everyone can use in their daily lives with family, friends, and co-workers. It enables participants to develop empathetic, non-judgmental listening techniques. This training offers important information about how to respond to a variety of problems in skilled, helpful ways. Practice sessions in a supportive, nonjudgmental atmosphere help participants begin to use their new skills and gain confidence as they discover the value of constructive, caring listening and responding. In addition, students complete the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and learn an evidence-based model for providing suicide first aid.

The Art of Active Listening training requires active participation in large and small group discussion, role-play activities, and apprenticeship observation. Course requirements also include independent reading, written reflections, and practice role-plays.

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