QPR Instructor Training


12 hours


16 lessons


Taught by Paul Quinnett, PhD

You will receive the access key to the course within 24 hours of your purchase.

Become a certified trainer of QPR's approach to suicide prevention. Learn how to train gatekeepers at schools, colleges and corporations, effectively empowering communities to support individuals in crisis.

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. They also learn to deal with pent-up audience demand to talk about suicide, survivor issues and how to make immediate interventions and referrals.

After completion of the course:

QPR Instructor Account is activated. This comes with a toolkit containing all instructor resources including slides and videos.
The first 25 participant kits (QPR booklet and wallet cards) are offered free of cost.
New instructors are invited to jointly conduct a few sessions with in-house instructors at Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) to gain hands-on experience.
In-house instructors from SPIF will be available to observe a few sessions independently conducted by new instructors.
Further support will be offered at all times.
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.
Suicide and suicide prevention in history
Gatekeeper Training; how, why and the research
New and promising approaches to suicide prevention
Targeting prevention education efforts
Review of the QPR video
Teaching QPR
Facilitating role plays
Handling questions from audiences
National and local resources and how to use them
Expanding QPR to other community prevention efforts
Completion of training evaluations
Orientation to the national QPR network and QPR Institute
Awarding of three-year Instructor Certificates


The course offers an instructor certificate that remains valid for three years. Upon completion of the initial three-year period, participants are required to renew their certificate every two years by paying a nominal fee. Moreover, participant accounts will remain active for one year from the date of purchase, allowing ample time to complete the course. Once the course is successfully completed, the QPR Instructor account will be activated and remain active until the certification renewal is due.

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