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I CARE is an interactive gatekeeper training for students, faculty, and staff that builds a caring community with the skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis.


  • Approximately 5,700 faculty, staff, and students across Penn’s schools, departments, and student life programs have gone through I CARE. The training is open to anyone interested in being an informed resource and a caring community member.
  • A team of clinicians design, facilitate, and assess the I CARE training.
  • I CARE includes information, discussion, and experiential exercises that focus on:
    • Mental health beliefs & biases
    • Signs of stress, distress, and crisis
    • Listening techniques
    • Crisis intervention skills
    • Counseling services

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The following handouts are from the I CARE Training. Please do not reproduce or distribute. Handouts are available for a general audience, but will be more relevant to those who have completed the I CARE Training.