QPR Suicide Prevention Training Courses

QPR for School Health Professionals


Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants earning a certificate for the QPR for School Health Professionals should be able to:

  • Describe the size and scope of the problem of youth suicide in America
  • Identify key elements of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
  • Describe three program options/interventions for reducing youth suicide attempts and completions
  • Describe the implications for training and practice in the assessment and referral or care of at-risk youth
  • Describe QPR theory and a systems approach to creating safer schools for troubled youth
  • Describe the research which supports particular interpersonal approaches most effective with suicidal youth
  • Immediately reduce the acute distress, despair, and hopelessness of suicidal students through an empathic, understanding screening interview in which protective factors can be brought into play to create a safety and referral plan to reduce the risk of a suicide attempt
  • Recognize someone at risk for suicide
  • Demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills
  • Describe knowledge of referral resources and how to refer someone to help
  • Understand suicide as a national and local public health problem
  • Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicidal behavior
  • Recognize and identify at least three youth suicide warning signs
  • 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 three risk factors for suicide
  • Recognize and identify three protective factors against suicide
  • Demonstrate how to ask about potential suicidal intent (in role-play)
  • Demonstrate how to listen and persuade someone to get help (in role-play)
  • Demonstrate how to make a referral for professional assistance (in role-play)
  • Describe community and national resources and how to access them
  • Explain why reducing access to lethal means is an effective way of saving lives
  • Describe the role of impulsivity, ambivalence, and differing lethality of methods in contributing to suicide deaths and attempts
  • Describe how counseling on access to lethal means fits into suicide prevention counseling
  • Ask students about their access to lethal means and work to reduce access