The core training is QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention as customized for those helping vets, and which is one of the most researched citizen-action suicide prevention interventions in the world. Proven to be safe and effective in more than 20 independent published research studies, QPR is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. www.nrepp.samhsa.gov.
This rigorous course includes two best-practice suicide prevention training programs, Level I QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention and an approved, brief edition of the Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), with a special focus on the relationship of weapons to veterans who own them. Both program descriptions can be found at the best practice listings on www.sprc.org.
Plan at least four hours to complete this course.
This is not a train-the-trainer program. The certificates awarded may be approved for Continuing Education Credits by any number of organizations.
For clinicians and counselors unfamiliar with military culture, we recommend you visit Give an Hour and take the free complimentary training courses provided. See at: http://www.giveanhour.org/ForProviders.aspx."
With a special focus on veterans, warrior psychology, and how to apply social network theory to prevent suicide, the QPR for Vets Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is an expanded version of the QPR program that has been taught to more than two million people by 15,000 instructors since 1998.
QPR has been researched in veteran outreach centers nationwide using a random clinical trails design and has been reported to be safe and effective. To review this research - the gold standard for evidence of effectiveness - please google "NREPP QPR" to review the official program description and research results.
For those interested in teaching basic QPR the QPR Institute offers a T-4-T option.
The QPR for Veteran Care Providers program is intended to prevent suicide not just among veterans, but among colleagues, co-workers and family members. For those interested in learning how to conduct an initial suicide risk assessment, and to reduce immediate risk for suicide, the QPR Suicide Triage training program is recommended.
It is also specifically designed to help veteran peer counselors to help their fellow veterans.
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/.
As you will see in your search, some reports are quite dated. If your country keeps such data but does not necessarily report to WHO, try Googling federal, state, or province name and "suicide rate." If you are teaching suicide prevention courses you will need this data; the more local the data the better. But remember that suicide rates need 5 to 10 year horizons to be of much value as to interpreting any changes in trend lines.
Why this training program?
The mission of the QPR Institute is to:
As of this writing in early 2015, thousands of clinical health care providers have been trained in how to detect, assess, manage, and treat suicidal consumers, and nearly 2 million people have been trained to recognize and refer persons who may be at risk of suicide.
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 gatekeepers to help prevent suicide among our veterans.
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.
Even among licensed professionals there is a serious lack of systematic training in how to a) detect suicide risk, b) assess immediate risk for suicidal behaviors and c) provide helpful crisis mitigation services to suicidal persons.
The primary mission of the QPR Institute has been to provide technology transfer of evidence-based knowledge into useful skills and helpful interventions for those wishing to assist suicidal persons. Training is our only mission.
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.
Modularized in a rich mix of text, video, voice-over PowerPoint™ lectures, interactive practice sessions, case scenarios, and other state-of-the-art interactive and e-learning technologies, the QPR for Vets training program provides a dynamic introduction to suicide risk detection, intervention, means restriction, referral and follow up.
The course includes comments and observations by a combat veteran Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant on how best to approach vets in trouble and get them to counseling, as well as "Gunnys" personal observations about the experience of combat, moral injury, lived experience with suicide and high risk behaviors, and therapy for PTSD.
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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
QPR Institute (QPRI) has been approved by NBCC as an
Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5889.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
QPRI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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.
- Active Duty Airmen USAF
- Community Outreach to vets for Community Health Clinic
- Higher Ed Administrator
- Mental Health and Behavioral Consultant
- American Legion Member
- Member USAF
- Volunteer Family/Peer Counselor