QPR Suicide Prevention Training Courses

Online Counseling and Suicide Intervention Specialist

Learning Goals and Objectives Overview

Participants earning a certificate for the Online Counseling and Suicide Intervention Specialist should be able to:

  • Describe the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the major resource and training organizations in suicide prevention in America. If from another country, the learner should be able to describe national and regional suicide prevention efforts in his or her own country.
  • Describe and locate major suicide prevention web sites and online resources
  • Describe ethical issues, challenges and best practices for the delivery of crisis mitigation services in the online environment
  • Demonstrate basic engagement and helping skills in an online environment
  • Recognize text suicide warning signs
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge and skills in the application of the QPR gatekeeper intervention.
  • Understand suicide as a major public health problem
  • Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicidal behavior
  • Recognize and identify at least three text-only suicide warning signs
  • Describe and name multiple referral resources
  • Be familiar with emergency rescue steps following the learner's parent organization's policies and procedures
  • Describe the relationship of untreated clinical depression and other mental illnesses and substance abuse to increased suicide risk
  • Understand means restriction and how to immediately reduce risk
  • Recognize and identify at least five risk factors for suicide
  • Recognize and identify at least five protective factors against suicide
  • Understand the nature of suicide and describe relevant research
  • Describe groups at high risk for suicide
  • Demonstrate how to employ a tested suicide risk or lethality assessment method
  • Engage in interactive text-only interventions to immediately reduce the acute distress, despair and hopelessness in suicidal persons
  • Describe how to marshal safe-and-effective protective factors to help mitigate a suicide crisis
  • Demonstrate how to collaborate with a suicidal person to establish an effective personal safety, survival and/or referral plan
  • Understand the rationale for involuntary treatment laws and how to use them
  • Describe and demonstrate how to facilitate online resources for persons in crisis