QPR Suicide Prevention Training Courses

QPR Gatekeeper Instructor Certification Training


Learning Goals and Objectives

The Certified QPR Instructor Online Training Program Goals and Objectives

Each of the learning goals listed below is derived from a chapter in the original hard copy edition of the Certified QPR Instructor Self-Study Course. These goals and objectives will be reiterated at the beginning of each module in this online version of the training.

  • Describe the size, scope and burden of suffering associated with suicide around the globe and in the learner's own nation, country, province or state. (Learners are responsible to secure approved government figures for their training slides).
  • Describe any national and/or regional suicide prevention efforts in his or her own country, province or state.
  • Describe and locate major suicide prevention web sites and online resources for suicide prevention. (This includes conducting searches within the learner's country to locate local, regional and national referral resources, as these will be needed to support and reinforce QPR training at the community level.)
  • Learn at least 10 major risk factors for suicide.
  • Become acquainted with specific groups at high risk for suicide.
  • Learn what factors affect the choice of a method of suicide.
  • Understand how suicide rates are calculated.
  • Be able to compare rates of suicide across states, regions and various countries.
  • Establish familiarity with the relationship of psychiatric illnesses and suicide.
  • Understand and teach that suicide is a major public health problem.
  • Understand and teach the common myths and facts surrounding suicidal behavior.
  • 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 teach at least five protective factors against suicide.
  • Understand the nature of suicide and describe relevant research.
  • Describe groups at high risk for suicide.
  • Describe and teach gatekeepers how to marshal safe-and-effective protective factors to help mitigate a suicide crisis.
  • Understand the rationale for involuntary treatment laws (if applicable) in his or her county and how they can be accessed and used to prevent suicide.
  • Be able to articulate the various forms of suicidal communications and their importance to the QPR method.
  • Know the percentage of persons who communicate suicidal intentions before making a suicide attempt or completion.

  • Be able to diagram how suicide communications might occur between individuals.
  • Articulate the role culture and societal expectations play in suicide.
  • Describe the dynamics associated with victim-precipitated suicide (homicide)
  • Name three leading suicide prevention organizations.
  • Learn about the background and development of the nine minute QPR video.
  • Be able to explain, to your audiences, why the different characters and scenarios were selected.
  • Be able to identify at least two different ways this video can be utilized as part of a Gatekeeper training and awareness raising program.
  • Learn the history and background behind the development of QPR.
  • Become familiar with the QPR objectives for competent Gatekeepers.
  • Acquire knowledge about current QPR research projects, how to access research results and how to participate in ongoing research.
  • Become familiar with public health intervention strategies and recommended interventions currently available in the United States and where QPR fits within these strategies.
  • Understand the difference between universal, selective and indicated suicide prevention efforts.
  • Become knowledgeable about how to access new and developing strategies for suicide prevention in the United States.
  • Be able to teach the QPR curriculum.
  • Be able to properly set up a training room and conduct a QPR role-play (time permitted).
  • Understand the time frames, the required content and be able to deliver a smooth and professional program.
  • Be able to identify potential audience members who may need special attention.
  • Be able to handle challenging audience questions.
  • Be prepared to deal with questions regarding physician-assisted suicide.
  • Learn action plans to introduce QPR into schools and other organizations.
  • Become familiar with sample promoting materials and basic fund raising activities.
  • Be able to articulate three venues in which QPR might be taught.

We recognize these goals will take the learner time and effort to achieve, but we make no apologies because lives are at stake.

At this writing almost 9,000 Certified Instructors have been trained in classrooms and in this self-study format in the US and around the world. To encourage your work we assure of this: you will never find higher wages than saving lives!