QPR Suicide Prevention Training Courses

Counseling Suicidal People: a Therapy of Hope

About this course

Many mental health professionals are not experts in clinical suicidology, yet assess and treat suicidal clients on a daily basis. This book-based course is designed for clinicians who need practical, evidence-based, best practice interventions for helping the suicidal patients they treat. This training program provides ready-to-use, hands-on interventions and counseling strategies known to be effective in reducing the risk of suicide attempts or completions.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants should be able to:

  • Describe size and scope of the problem of suicide in the world and in the US. If from another country, learners are advised to search the web for relevant local, province and national statistics.
  • Understand the rationale for involuntary treatment laws and how and when to use them.
  • Describe six steps to enhance client safety.
  • Know the key elements of good client management and good treatment.
  • Describe the current evidence-based crisis and therapeutic interventions known to be effective in mitigating risk factors for suicide.
  • Describe basic engagement and helping skills for suicidal clients.
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge in understanding suicidal behavior, its etiology, and the journey of suicide from idea to possible act.
  • Describe the relationship of untreated clinical depression and other mental illnesses and substance abuse to increased suicide 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.
  • Know how to screen for the presence of major mental illnesses and addictive disorders.
  • Describe what medications have been shown to be safe and effective in treating suicidal patients.
  • Engage in interactive text-only practice challenge 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 .
  • Describe at least one dozen specific counseling interventions and techniques known to be effective in helping suicidal people.
  • Demonstrate how to collaborate with a suicidal person to establish an effective personal safety plan.
  • Understand what steps to take to mitigate suicide trauma in the aftermath of a suicide event
  • Describe resources for getting personal support help if a client is lost to suicide.