The QPR for Occupational Therapists and other allied health professionals is intended to prevent suicide not just among patients, but among employees, colleagues, co-workers, friends and family members.
QPR training is a universal intervention for persons experiencing a potentially life-threatening mental health emergency and, like CPR, can be carried out by anyone trained in its use.
International students please note
Suicide rates for QPR courses are US-specific. To determine suicide rates in your country, please visit the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide_rates/en/ .
Or, Google your federal, state, or province name and "suicide rate." Remember that suicide rates need 5 to 10 year horizons to be of much value as to interpreting any changes in trend lines.
Occupational therapists have a high degree of line-of-duty exposure to suicidal behaviors, both in the pre-attempt phase (when suicidal persons are communicating intent and desire to attempt suicide via suicide warning signs), and after a suicide attempt or completion.
Occupational therapists serve at-risk groups, including adolescents, veterans, the elderly, those with recent serious career-changing injuries or illnesses, and persons with existing mental illnesses.
As health care professionals, occupational therapists also have higher-than-expected exposures to secondary trauma resulting from suicidal behaviors, particularly in psychiatric settings or rehabilitation treatment settings.
While perceived comfort and competence in conducting suicide interventions or dealing with suicide events varies considerably, many occupational therapists have not had specific suicide prevention training which would be beneficial to the health and safety of fellow employees or suicidal patients.
The burden of suffering associated with suicidal behavior is a public health crisis throughout the world. The mission of the QPR Institute is to:
Raise public awareness about suicide and its prevention.
Provide affordable, accessible, evidence-based training to lay persons who may be able to prevent a suicide.
Provide advanced suicide prevention training to a wide variety of healthcare and other professionals.
Reduce morbidity and mortality of suicidal people across the age span.
As of this writing in early 2017, the Institute and its faculty have trained almost three million gatekeepers worldwide. In addition, thousands of clinical health care providers have been trained in how to detect, assess, manage, and treat suicidal consumers.
If this sounds like an "army" of people helping to prevent suicide, it is. Now, with your help, we will create a new division in that army of educated, trained occupational therapists and other health professionals to help prevent suicide around the globe.
Program Background and Purpose
While expert opinion may differ as to what helper competencies are required to assist suicidal persons achieve the most beneficial outcomes, little controversy exists about the lack of qualified manpower to help the millions of people who think about, attempt, and sometimes die by suicide. For this reason alone, new state laws are being passed to improve the capacity of health professionals to respond effectively to suicidal patients.
The history and source of QPR training programs grew from collaborative research and development work in partnership with Washington State University, The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research, the Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Spokane Mental Health (now Frontier Behavioral Health), and Spokane County Regional Health District.
We know that occupational therapists are in frequent contact with at-risk populations. Learning to recognize and respond to possible suicide warning signs, and how to facilitate a competent referral and follow-up is key to preventing suicide.
What this training program is not
This training is not a substitute for a college degree in counseling or other mental health profession, nor can it provide the face-to-face supervised experience those in the helping professions are provided in the course of their professional career development. The program does not teach suicide risk assessment skills. Suicide risk assessment training is provided in other QPR Institute programs.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age
If employed by, or volunteering for, an organization, participants agree to accept all expectations and employment rules of their parent organization. The QPR Institute does not vet or otherwise qualify students for this course.
The Training Program
Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, interactive practice sessions, and other state-of-the-art interactive and e-learning technologies, the QPR for occupational therapists training program provides a dynamic introduction to suicide risk detection, intervention, means restriction, referral and follow up.
Participants who complete this course should be able to:
Understand suicide as a major public health problem
Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
Identify unique verbal, behavioral, and situational suicide warning signs
Recognize and screen someone at risk of suicide
Know how to inquire about suicidal intent and desire
Recognize at least three suicide warning signs
Recognize at least three risk factors for suicide
Recognize at least three protective factors against suicide
Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and intent to act to intervene with suicidal people and patients
Know how to engage and assist a suicidal colleague or co-worker
Describe "means restriction" and life-saving action steps
Know materials, phone numbers, and patient/family information to provide at discharge or point of care site
Describe the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Understand the nature of suicide and describe at least one theory of suicidal behavior
Describe and locate major suicide prevention web sites and online resources
Demonstrate increased knowledge about suicide and its causes
Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with someone who has attempted suicide
Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with the loved ones or family members of someone who has died by suicide
Describe clinical groups at high risk for suicide - optional video lecture
Individual certificate pricing:
Certificate of Course Completion (6 hours)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for complimentary review access.