QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Presented by Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW

This program, when attended in its entirety, offers 1.5 CEs for Psychologists (APA), 1.5 IL CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers, 1.5 SHRM PDCs for Human Resource Professionals, or 1.5 ISBE CPDUs for Educators.

Workshop Description:

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. 

A well-executed, strong and positive response to the early warning signs of a pending suicide event may render subsequent links in the Chain of Survival unnecessary. Most people thinking about suicide are suffering from an undiagnosed and/or untreated mental illness or substance abuse disorder for which excellent treatments exist. By recognizing the warning signs of suicide, opening a supporting dialogue with a suicidal person and securing professional consultation a gatekeeper may prevent the need for an emergency room visit or psychiatric hospitalization. 

This program also reviews data and statistics relevant to the training site/population served.  

Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level program, program participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and articulate the warning signs of suicide 
  2. ​Be aware of local and national resources to support early intervention and referral. 

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education standard 1.3: Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures. 

This program meets APA’s continuing education goal 1: Program is relevant to psychological practice, education, and/or science.

References:

Aldrich, Wilde, J., & Miller, E. (2018). The effectiveness of QPR suicide prevention training. Health Education Journal, 77(8), 964–977. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918786009 

 Litteken, & Sale, E. (2017). Long-Term Effectiveness of the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program: Lessons from Missouri. Community Mental Health Journal, 54(3), 282–292. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0158-z 

Samuolis, Harrison, A. J., & Flanagan, K. (2020). Evaluation of a Peer-Led Implementation of a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program for College Students. Crisis : the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 41(5), 331–336. https://doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000638 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Target Audience: TCSPP Community partners, other community organizations, as well as TCSPP students, faculty and staff. Participants will include various mental health professionals as well as community members/laypeople.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected]. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest.

Counselors/Clinical Counselors. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for counselors and clinical counselors. License Number: 197.000159

Social Workers. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing education. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for social workers. License Number: 159.001036

ISBE. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.5 hours of continuing professional development. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an approved provider for continuing professional development by the Illinois State Board of Education.  

Human Resource Professionals. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 Professional Development Credits for Human Resource Professionals.  

Participation Certificate. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is able to provide students and other participants who simply wish to have documentation of their attendance at the program a participation certificate.

Non Psychologists. Most licensing boards accept Continuing Education Credits sponsored by the American Psychological Association but non-psychologists are recommended to consult with their specific state-licensing board to ensure that APA-sponsored CE is acceptable.

*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its contentCPDU

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