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.

Course Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • To learn what is involved in a QPR intervention
  • To train participants to teach QPR, for Suicide Prevention
  • To gain a brief historical perspective about suicide prevention and how QPR fits into national efforts
  • To acquire specific knowledge about how audiences may respond to QPR Gatekeeper Training and how to react in a helpful manner
  • To learn how participants can effectively promote suicide prevention in their own communities
  • To gain competence and confidence in teaching QPR Gatekeeper Training sessions and handle concerns and situations presented during the Q&A portion of a Gatekeeper Training session
  • To learn about national and local resources in suicide prevention, including QPR Institute website materials
  • To understand and accept the required individual licensing agreement which allows for consistency in the QPR program nationwide

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Continental breakfast 8:00 a.m.)

Cost of training: $420 general registration; $120 for MCH/Health Department Adolescent Suicide Learning Community Members

Includes breakfast, lunch and course materials.

Continuing Education Hours: The WI Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board has authorized NASW-WI to approve 7.5 continuing education hours for this program. At the end of the training we will provide a certificate documenting your completion of the conference. Individuals who hold credentials other than the ones noted above are responsible for determining whether the NASW approval will satisfy any continuing education requirements associated with your credential.

Facilitator: Julie Haurykiewicz is an Associate Dean of Academic Success at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), where she also teaches Freshman Studies and oversees the tutoring program. She was part of Lawrence University’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline Core Team (an initiative funded by a SAMHSA/Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant) which allowed her to become a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor in 2010. In 2012, she advanced to the level of QPR Master Trainer through apprenticeship with Bridgette Hensley. Julie is active in coordinating and facilitating QPR suicide prevention trainings on the Lawrence campus and in her community more generally.  She also serves as a member of the Fox Valley (WI) QPR Advisory Board.