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Online Suicide Prevention Courses

The majority of courses offered here are listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) Best Practice Registry

The core module in many of these courses is the QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies (NREPP)

All courses are evidence-based, heavily-tested, peer-reviewed, and qualify for Continuing Education Credits (see listing below).

QPR for Occupational Therapists

QPR Screening Course

Many agencies and organizations now require screening for suicide risk. Learn how to use an evidence-based, registered best practice screening tool designed and adapted for both youth and adults.  This screening protocol can be used in any setting, including schools, dental, medical clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, correctional facilities, or others.   
QPR for Occupational Therapists

QPR for Vets

This 6+ hour zero suicide training program is designed by veterans for veterans, and for those who know, love, and counsel them. Its single purpose is to prevent suicide among veterans, soldiers in our National Guard or military reserves, and active military warriors.  Learn what you can do to prevent a veteran suicide. 
Level 3 QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Pro

Level 3 QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Pro

This Level 3 Registered Best Practice interactive course is for professionals responsible the care and safety of consumers at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors in all settings and across the age span. The course includes training in the assessment of adult and/or youth suicide risk. An inpatient/residential assessment manual and risk monitoring protocols are available on request. Eight hours of continuing education credit is provided. Note: this is not a train-the-trainer program. The
Level 2 QPR Suicide Triage Training

Level 2 QPR Suicide Triage Training

If you are a licensed mental health professional and responsible for treatment planning, treatment interventions, and patient safety management, you are advised to take the QPRT Suicide Risk Assessment and Risk Management training program offered above.   This course includes Level I QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention, the most researched, tested, and evaluated universal suicide intervention program available today. Taught to almost 2 million people by 15,000 instructors since
  • Level 2 QPR Suicide Triage Training
  • CE Credits: 8-10 hours required. Meets requirements for Washington State law. 8 CEs awarded.
  • Delivery: Online
  • Time Required: 6-10 hours
  • Price: $119
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QPR for Occupational Therapists

QPR for Psychosis

First Episode Psychosis (FEP) is associated with increased risk of suicidal behaviors in youth. Sponsored by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, and led by child psychiatrist Dr. Jon McClellan, this 2-hour zero suicide training program is designed to help people identify and intervene with youth who may be experiencing the onset of a serious and possibly life-threatening mental illness. 
Counseling Suicidal People: a Therapy of Hope

Counseling Suicidal People: a Therapy of Hope

Work with suicidal clients? This book-based, interactive online zero suicide training course is designed for clinicians who need practical, evidence-based, best practice interventions for helping the suicidal patients they treat. The course includes dozens of counseling techniques for reducing suicide risk now and into the future.   This course is not-yet approved to meet emerging state laws for required training in suicide prevention.  
Ethics and Suicide

Ethics and Suicide

Course qualifies for required ethics training. Every clinician rightly fears being sued for malpractice. Practice in an ethical fashion and learn to do a few things right, and you will never be sued for suicide malpractice. This engaging, three mini-lecture series (40 minutes, and two 20 minute lectures), interactive course is taught by a psychologist and a lawyer. Four (4) hours of continuing education credit.
How to Help Someone Considering Suicide and Unmake the Forever Decision

How to Help Someone Considering Suicide and Unmake the Forever Decision

Use my free e-book, Suicide the Forever Decision, to help someone you may be worried about. Maybe they won't ask for professional help, or maybe it is not available, accessible, or affordable. You can still do something. I can help you help someone you know, love or care about. When someone is considering suicide, it is always better to do something than nothing. If you are licensed mental health professional, this book can be used as a supplement to your therapy, and thousands of clinicians
  • CE Credits: 8
  • Delivery: Online
  • Time Required: 8 hours
  • Price: $59
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Online Counseling and Suicide Intervention Specialist (OCSIS)

Online Counseling and Suicide Intervention Specialist (OCSIS)

The world has moved online, and so have suicidal people. People in crisis are reaching into cyberspace for help. You can be there for them. With more text messages sent than phone calls made, and online counseling shown to be safe and effective, learn how to become an Online Counseling and Suicide Intervention Specialist. 40 hours of continuing education credit. If you are only interested in the books used in this course, you may purchase them at: http://www.qprinstitute.com/bookstore.html.
QPR for Corrections

QPR for Corrections

Correctional professionals have a high degree of contact with those at elevated risk of suicide, especially mentally ill offenders, those arrested for the first time, and those facing sentencing whether in jail or on probation. This interactive, multimedia, two-certificate course teaches both students and working professionals how to mitigate the risk of suicide attempts and completions both in and out of correctional facilities.  8 hours of continuing education recommended. This course
QPR for Crisis Workers

QPR for Crisis Volunteers and Students

The world has moved online, and so have suicidal people. People in crisis are reaching into cyberspace for help. You can be there for them. With more text messages sent than phone calls made, and online counseling shown to be safe and effective, learn how to detect, assess and immediately intervene to reduce the risk of a suicide attempt or completion. Two certificates are earned in this training program. This course qualifies for 20 NBCC clock hours or 2 CEUs and is designed to be part of
QPR for EMS/Firefighter

QPR for EMS/Firefighter

Currently, this course is offered only online, but is supported by a complimentary 1st Responder Instructor Guide for follow-on classroom review and additional support training. The post-online training packet is free on request. The training sequence is as follows: complete online training and earn two certificates then complete face-to-face classroom training session. The QPR Institute can supply experienced trainers for the post classroom sessions, as well as a Master Trainer to train and
QPR for Law Enforcement

QPR for Law Enforcement

QPR for Law Enforcement is a registered best practice training program. Law enforcement professionals are key gatekeepers in the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Learn what you need to know to protect your co-workers, friends, family, and community. The online course includes Level 1 and Level 2 QPR training and takes approximately six hours to complete, but up to 10 hours of continuing education credit are offered depending on how much post-online training is completed. Note:
QPR for Nurses

QPR for Nurses

This two-certificate training program targets patient safety, teaches a suicide screening tool, a best practice rapid assessment protocol, and updates emerging practice standards. Course includes Level I QPR training and our Level II best practice suicide risk assessment protocol. Not a train-the-trainer program.
QPR for Occupational Therapists

QPR for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and others

This 3-hour NREPP-listed certificate training program is designed to meet emerging state laws governing the licensing and practice of Occupational Therapists. Other professions, for example, Physical Therapists, will also find the course useful. The course targets identification, screening, referral to enhance patient safety, and teaches a best practice suicide screening tool and referral methodology. The course includes Level I QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention and an
QPR for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and others

QPR for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and others

One in five of those die by suicide saw their PCP within 24 hours of their death. "Last medical contact" before suicide is even higher among the elderly, with almost 50% of suicide victims having seen their doctor within the past week. Learn to routinely screen for suicide risk and how to conduct a brief best practice assessment.  Course includes Level 1 QPR gatekeeper training. Learner may spend up to 6 hours in course depending on personal selection. CME must be qualified by a third party.
  • QPR for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and others
  • CE Credits: Determined by 3rd party - Intended to meet requirements for Washington State law
  • Delivery: Online
  • Time Required: Up to 6 hours
  • Price: $139
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QPR for School Health Professionals

QPR for School Health Professionals

This training program is for School Health Professionals and other counselors who identify, screen and refer at-risk persons for further assessment and care. This course is not a suicide risk assessment training program, but an extended version of the NREPP-listed QPR Gatekeeper Trained for Suicide Prevention best practice program. This course should be useful to all social workers, psychologists, nurses, and counselors, and teachers who may find themselves in the role of identifying and

QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Certification Training International Version

This online instructor training program is available only to purchasers living outside of the United States and Canada. Pricing is adjusted by World Bank Zones, costing much less in some countries. The training fee includes a prepaid royalty for an unlimited license to print QPR booklets and cards for those you will train. To learn the cost of the training and printing license,click on your country. You must be able to read and understand spoken English to complete this training
  • CE Credits: 10
  • Delivery: Online
  • Time Required: 10 hours
  • Price: $670.00 (includes license to print materials for 3 years)
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QPR for Occupational Therapists

QPR Training Targeting Alcohol, Drugs, and Suicide

If you work to help people recover from alcohol and substance abuse challenges, or who suffer from co-morbid mentally illness and addiction, this zero suicide training program is led by one of the world’s experts in addiction medicine, Dr.  Richard K. Ries. This course covers the contribution of both legal and illegal substances to suicide risk, evidence-based care, and how to identify, screen, and refer at-risk persons to improve patient safety.     (Meets requirements for Washington
Suicide Risk Assessment Competency Certification Exam

Suicide Risk Assessment Competency Certification Exam

Use the skills from the OCSIS course  for interactive role-play with other learners, prepare a portfolio of “best practice” interventions, assessments and collaborative crisis plans. 10 hours of continuing education credit.
  • CE Credits: 10
  • Delivery: Online
  • Time Required: 10 hours
  • Price: $199
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Continuing Education Credit

Our courses should qualify for continuing education for most professions.

Counselors: The QPR Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Nurses: Varies with state or organizational membership.

Physicians: Application for CME pending.

Note: Since many professions have their own continuing education credentialing and certification processes, please submit the course description and required hours to complete to your own accrediting body for approval. Or, we are happy to provide reviewer access to any of these courses to make their own determinations.

Reviewer Access and for questions about CEs: Please contact Brian Quinnett, National Training Coordinator at bquinn@turbonet.com for complimentary review access.