QPR Suicide Triage Training Course for Law Enforcement

For first responders and organizations wishing to help prevent suicide and violence in their communities.

Course content:

  • The size and scope of the suicide problem in law enforcement in America
  • Risk factors for suicide—both in the community and among officers
  • Relationship of mental illness and depression to suicide
  • Current status of suicide risk assessment
  • How to question suicidal persons
  • How to persuade a suicidal person to accept help
  • How to refer a suicidal person to resources
  • How to determine immediate risk for suicide
  • How to document a suicide risk assessment
  • Course length: 4-8 hours
  • Post-training quiz score of 75% correct
Certificate and continuing education credits:
  • Approved for continuing education credits through the National Board of Certified Counselors
  • Certificate of Course Completion provided
Course content:
  • Orientation to QPR Triage Training
  • The Epidemiology of Suicide
  • Mental Illness, Depression and Suicide
  • The Current Climate of Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Introduction to the QPR Triage Document
  • Teaching "How to Ask the Suicide Question"
  • Teaching triage questions, rationale and samples
  • Role-play exercises
  • Instructions for completing the QPR Triage Document
  • Evaluation and quiz with QPR Triage method
Benefit Summary of QPR Suicide Triage Training:
  • Brief and user-friendly
  • Training is standardized and competency-based
  • Routinely addresses issues of suicide risk
  • Heavily field tested
  • Standardizes suicide risk data collection
  • Improves triage decision making
  • Reduces communication friction with other providers
  • Peer reviewed and contributed to be leading suicide specialists
  • Routinely detects suicidal thoughts, feelings, and plans
  • Nests well with existing protocols and may be "migrated" into existing assessment/screening methods
  • Enhances relationship with suicidal persons (89% of interviewees report high satisfaction with the interviewer's skill and comfort level)
  • Is accepted by triage and assessment professionals (94% believe it improves their standard of practice)
  • Improves standards of care while reducing risk of exposure to suicide malpractice

Call SCLEAP office for time, location and cost. Local law enforcement agencies are invited to use SCLEAP staff and host a training event.


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