QPR for Veteran Care Providers

  • CE Credits: 6
  • Course Type: Online
  • Course Completion Time: 6 hours
  • Price: $79
  • Author: Paul Quinnett, PhD

Course Features

  • Multiple Interactive Practice Challenges
  • Videos
  • Audio
  • Thought challenges
  • Interactive Quizzes
  • Surveys
  • Rich Content
  • Zero suicide training

Course Description

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.

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/.

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.

The Training Program

Why this training program?

  • 20 American veterans kill themselves every day.
  • If you live with, work with, or serve veterans, you may be the only person in a strategic position to recognize the onset of a suicide crisis and take bold positive action to avoid a tragedy.
  • Knowing what to say and what to do when it needs to be done can save a life, and we will teach you these skills

The mission of the QPR Institute is to:

  • Raise public awareness about suicide and its prevention.
  • Provide low-cost, high-tech, effective, basic gatekeeper and intervention skills training to lay persons who may be able to prevent a suicide.
  • Provide suicide prevention and intervention training programs for a variety of professionals and for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students preparing for careers in the helping professions.
  • Reduce morbidity and mortality of suicidal patients, veterans, students, and employees through a systems approach to suicide risk reduction that enhances detection of suicidal behaviors and those clinical competencies necessary to assess, manage, monitor, and treat patients known to be at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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, 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.

Participants who complete this course should be able to:

    • Understand suicide as a major public health problem
    • Describe warrior psychology and why male veterans find asking for help difficult or impossible
    • Better understand military culture
    • Describe how Social Network Theory can be applied to preventing suicide
    • Explain the potential impact of PTSD and TBI on suicide risk in veterans
    • Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
    • 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, and self-efficacy in how to interact with veterans
    • Identify verbal, behavioral, and situational suicide warning signs unique to veterans and military personnel
    • Know how to engage and assist a suicidal veterans using the QPR intervention
    • Know how to reduce access to the means of suicide
    • Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with a veteran who has attempted suicide
    • Understand and describe moral injury as a unique risk factor for veterans
    • Engage in an interactive and helpful conversation with the loved ones or family members of a veteran who has died by suicide
    • Demonstrate increased knowledge about suicide and its causes
    • Understand the nature of suicide and describe at least one theory of suicidal behavior
    • Identify and locate major suicide prevention web sites and online resources for veterans and active military




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To receive a discount for this training program you must be a veteran, the parent or spouse of a veteran or active military person, or a volunteer for a veteran service organization. Please contact Brian Quinnett, Training Director for more information @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for helping to prevent suicide among our veterans.


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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.
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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.

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Comments (7)

  • "Most beneficial is learning why people in general don't ask for help, being active duty we brief all the resources to our troops to call if they need it... It is eye opening and I see that almost no one will call. It happened to me, my wife was the one who took me to treatment when I needed it. That opened up my eyes and I thanked my wife yesterday for being there for me."
    - Active Duty Airmen USAF


  • "I thought Gunny was most insightful and backed up the research we learned effective I also believe it mirrors my experience with Vets so it was educational and validating."
    - Community Outreach to vets for Community Health Clinic


  • "I appreciated how every part of suicide prevention was seen through the eyes of a Veteran, and with them in mind."
    - Higher Ed Administrator


  • "There are too many benefits to mention as the breadth and depth of this training was amazing!"
    - Mental Health and Behavioral Consultant


  • "The detailed information was incredible. Great value."
    - American Legion Member


  • "I loved the meet a vet portion."
    - Member USAF


  • "It was so personal and sometimes irreverent and made me smile. It was real and enjoyed meeting the VETS."
    - Volunteer Family/Peer Counselor


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