This certification course trains instructors to teach QPR for Suicide Prevention to their community.
Participants first learn about the nature of suicidal communications, what forms these communications take and how they may be used as the stimulus for a QPR intervention. To gain perspective, participants are introduced to the history of suicide, suicide prevention and the spectrum of modern day public health suicide prevention education efforts. The history, background and research support for QPR are reviewed.
Participants then learn to market QPR, target potential Gatekeepers, and how to teach the QPR curriculum.
Participants also learn to deal with pent up audience demand to talk about suicide, survivor issues and how to make immediate interventions and referrals. Each participant has the opportunity for individual rehearsal and practice through role-plays.
- To understand the nature, range and importance of suicidal communications and their importance in preventing suicide.
- To review and understand the groups at greatest risk of suicide and why QPR can work for them.
- To train participants to teach QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention.
- To gain a historical perspective about suicide prevention and how QPR fits into national efforts.
- To acquire specific knowledge about how audiences may respond to the QPR message and how to react in a helpful manner.
- To learn how to effectively promote suicide prevention in their own communities.
- To gain the competence and confidence to teach others how to save lives and help prevent suicidal behaviors.
Facilitator: Barbara Moser, MD
Barbara Moser is the current chair of the Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee Coalition, and a board-certified family practice physician. Dr. Moser is a certified QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Master Trainer as well as QPR presenter, and has delivered numerous QPR trainings for youth, adults and professional staff for the past 6 years in a variety of settings. Dr. Moser served as the Co-PI for UWM’s SAMHSA GLS Campus Suicide Prevention grant which funded the UWM Suicide Prevention Project 2012-2016. In addition, she is a Campus Connect suicide prevention trainer, and has participated in Crisis Intervention Trainings for police officers.
Dr. Moser received her MD from Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed a family practice residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.