Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Overview: An evidence-based, suicide prevention gatekeeper training focused on suicide
statistics, warning signs and risk factors for suicide, and how to get help for an individual in
crisis using the Question, Persuade, and Refer technique.

Time: 1-3 Hours

Audience: Clinical Staff, Non-Clinical Staff, Community Members

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Training Objectives

  • Understand suicide as a major public health problem.
  • Understand the common myths and facts surrounding suicide.
  • Identify unique verbal, behavioral, and situational suicidal warning signs.
  • Become acquainted with specific groups at high risk for suicide.
  • 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 persons at risk of suicide.

CEUs available to those licensed with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy
and Mental Health Counseling: Provider Number 50-12347, exp. 3/31/2025

Research

Benchmarking the “Question, Persuade, Refer” Program Against Evaluations of Established Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings

Renee Brown Hangartner MA, Christine M. Wienke Totura PhD, Christa D. Labouliere PhD, Kim Gryglewicz PhD, Marc S. Karver PhD
https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12430

Examining Individual and Service Delivery Context Variables and Their Association with the Effectiveness of QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training

Kim Gryglewicz, Christine M. W. Totura Garrison, Kristina K. Childs, Christa D. Labouliere & Marc S. Karver
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-023-01308-4

Don’t Invite Everyone! Training Variables Impacting the Effectiveness of QPR Trainings

Amanda L. Peterson, Maureen F. Monahan, Ansley M. Bender, Kim Gryglewicz & Marc S. Karver
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-020-01078-3