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.

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When attended in full, this program is eligible for 1.5 APA CEs for Psychologists, 1.5 CEUs for Illinois Counselors and Social Workers, and 1.5 BBS California CEUs for LPCCs, LPSW, and LMFTs.

2022 QPR Dates (all sessions are 1.5 hours long):

9/6 @ 4:30pm CT – Online

9/12 @ 5:30pm CT – Online

9/14 @ 3:30pm CT – In Person

9/15 @ 12:30pm CT – Online

9/15 @ 3:30pm CT – Online

9/19 @ 6pm CT – Online

9/20 @ 1:30pm CT – Online

9/21 @ 9:30am CT – Online

9/21 @ 6pm CT – Online

9/23 @ 10am CT – Online

9/23 @ 12:30pm CT -Online

9/27 @ 12:30pm CT – Online

9/29 @ 1pm CT – In Person

9/29 @ 4pm CT – In Person

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. Key components covered in training include:

  • Data and Statistics
  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • Suicide myths
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

This course does not teach clinical assessment. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, peers, neighbors, teachers, advisors, colleagues, frontline workers and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

All participants will receive a two year certificate and QPR Institute resources.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this introductory-level program participants will be:

  • able to recognize and articulate the warning signs of suicide
  • 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.

About the Instructor, Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW:

Tracy Levine, MSW, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Tracy has over 30 years of experience in behavioral health and direct services and has served as an Adjunct faculty in TCSPP’s Master of Counseling Psychology Program.

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:

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 officeofce@thechicagoschool.edu 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.

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: 159.001036MFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs. Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hour of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are licensed outside of California please check with your local licensing agency to to determine if they will accept these CEUs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d) of the Code.

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 content.