QPR Pathfinder Training – Youth Edition


14 hours


26 lessons


Taught by Paul Quinnett, PhD · Rick Reis, MD Jack McClelland, PhD · Danielle R. Jahn, PhD

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

Please do not purchase both editions. Contact us at gatekeeper@spif.in for access to all modules.

By finding people early in a developing mental health crisis and immediately applying interventions known to reduce personal distress, despair, hopelessness, and emerging suicidal behaviours, Pathfinders are trained to provide emotional support, understanding, compassion and interventions known to reduce suicide risk. Through their interventions, they may help avert the need for speciality mental health care, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.

What this training program is not:

This training is not a substitute for a college degree in counselling or other helping profession, nor can it provide the face-to-face supervised experience students may need to polish their skills.

The training is interactive, robust, multimedia, evidence-based and evidence-informed. It requires at least 14 hours, plus outside reading of a small book. This is a professional level course in basic mental health, crisis intervention, skilled interviewing, suicide risk detection, and suicide risk mitigation and management strategies, e.g., safety planning, means reduction, and caring contacts.

Designed to produce community-based mental health first responders able to deal effectively with people in a crisis of suicide, the training is built upon an evidence-based public health program that has been used to successfully train more than five million people over the past 20+ years. Thus, Pathfinder training is designed to produce a kind of “super gatekeeper” able to do much more than recognize someone in crisis and refer them to a professional. In one role, they will be qualified to handle task sharing services shifted to them from mental health professionals, thus freeing up mental health providers to handle more severe or complex problems.

Following WHO recommendations, and by using the technology transfer of science-based best-practices knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities, the training program targets students in the helping professions, first responders, non-professional natural helpers and care providers, case managers, life coaches, volunteers across the age span, and those in peer support roles. Since helping others bolsters the helper’s own mental wellbeing, health benefits are expected to accrue in both directions. The program will offer an important credential for those working on the front lines of the mental health movement, and may open a new career path for many.

There are TWO editions of the Pathfinder training program:

Adult/Older Adult

Those participants completing the Adult and Older Adult version of the course should be able to:

Describe basic QPR Theory, Research and Practice
Identify categories of serious mental illness and their relationship to suicide
Know and identify the names and types of evidence-based Interventions for suicidal behaviors
Outline and describe best practices in the assessment and management of those at risk for suicide in late-life

Youth/Young Adult

Those participants completing the Youth and Young Adult version of the course should be able to:

Describe youth at special risk for suicide, including LGBTQ
Define and identify youth who may be experiencing first episode psychosis
Describe suicidal behaviors in young children
Recognize the role of bullying as a risk factor and complete a role-play
Carryout multiple practice role-plays demonstrating the skills taught

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

Describe suicide as a major public health problem and the burden of suffering
Know how to find relevant statistics for their community or country
Identify their own personal reactions to suicide
Use proper terminology to describe suicidal behaviour
Be familiar with suicide language use sensitivities
Explain the common myths and facts surrounding suicide
Identify unique verbal, behavioural, and situational suicide warning signs
Recognize the coded nature of suicide warning signs
Describe risk factors and protective factors for suicide
Outline the elements of at least one theory of suicidal behaviour
Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy in helping those in crisis
Show increased intent to act to intervene with those at risk
Explain how to detect, engage, and assist those in crisis
Conduct a deep listening guided interview with someone in crisis
Engage supportive third parties in setting up a risk management plan
Describe means reduction and how to reduce access to lethal means
Carry out a means reduction intervention
Describe a safety plan and know how to develop one
Understand and employ the caring contacts intervention
Outline the elements of at least one theory of suicidal behaviour
Describe trauma-informed care
Define and describe self-injurious behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
Utilize the book Suicide the Forever Decision as an intervention
Engage in a helpful conversation with those bereaved by a suicide loss
Describe the relationship of mental illness and substance abuse to suicide
Define and describe postvention and steps to take to reduce suffering


Please note that our courses are not certified for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Rehabilitation Education (CRE) credits. Online courses do not come with the supervision necessary to practise in real life situations. Participant accounts will remain active for one year from the date of purchase, allowing ample time to complete the course.

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