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CONTACT Care Line will offer training sessions of The Art of Active Listening this fall in Knoxville and Oak Ridge.
The Art of Active Listening training program teaches listening skills that are useful in 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 assist with many of the problems people face and how we can respond 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.
The Art of Active Listening training will consist of in-person sessions and online training lectures.
This training is also the first step to becoming a CONTACT crisis line specialist. Additional training apprenticeships will be offered at the end of this session.
The first training class will be offered from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 3-Oct. 8 in Church Street United Methodist Church at 900 Henley St., Knoxville.
The training will be held in Room CLC 124, the College Life Room.
The second training class will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. each Fridayfrom Sept. 6-Oct. 11 in Kern Memorial United Methodist Church at 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge.
The cost of the training to the general public is $50 or $60 for two. The cost for students is $25. This fee covers all training materials.
The first step is to register online at http://goo.gl/SNYjdl and select preferred class time and location.
Payment may be made by credit card online at registration, sent in by check, taken in by cash or a check to the first class meeting.
Class members are required to attend one of the sessions the first week.