QPRT 2.0 | Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training Pro


38 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.

This interactive course is for professionals responsible the care and safety of consumers at elevated risk for suicidal behaviors in all settings and across the age span.

This training program teaches the core competencies required of professionals responsible for the care and safety of people detected to be at elevated risk for suicidal behaviours (not violence).

Following foundational lectures on epidemiology, clinical risk patterns, and the current status of suicide risk assessment, clinicians learn how to conduct a standardized, evidence-based guided interview designed to elicit perceived burdensomeness, suicidal desire, intent, capability and buffers against suicide. Data collected is then contextualized within the patient’s current personal crisis to understand, anticipate, and implement risk mitigation strategies, including evidence-based treatments.

Based on the quality of the relationship, the difficulty of the interview, and the reliability of the data collected, participants learn to make informed risk stratification decisions to determine the level of care recommended or required. Training includes modules on means reduction, collaborative crisis safety planning, managing/monitoring risk over time, documentation, and skills practice sessions.

Major Learning Objectives

Participants earning a certificate will have knowledge of and be able to:

Explain suicide as a major global public health problem
Describe the relationship of mental illness, by diagnosis, to suicide risk
Critique the current challenges in suicide risk assessment
Recite clinically relevant risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviour
Explain the current limitations in suicide risk assessment
Recite three reasons why suicide risk often goes undetected
Describe at least five risk factors for suicide
Describe at least five protective factors for suicide
Describe the rationale for the QPRT Suicide Risk Management Inventory©
Demonstrate the use of the 7 QPRT protocol stem questions and the reasons each
Employ a proven risk assessment interview protocol
Conduct and document a comprehensive suicide risk assessment
Describe when and why reassessment of suicide risk is indicated
Apply common terms about suicidal behaviour and communicate effectively with other clinicians about suicidal patients
Avoid claims of suicide malpractice

Participants should ALSO be able to

Describe/discuss personal discomfort and comfort with suicide
Establish rapport, and engagement strategies, and apply initial probes for suicidal ideation
Demonstrate how to gather data related to suicidal ideation and history from the patient and other available collateral sources
Assess current and historic suicidal ideations, plans and attempts
Explain how to collect and integrate health, mental health and substance-related treatment history, mental status examination, and current social, environmental, and/or economic constraints into a treatment plan for a suicidal person.
Probe for, discuss, and reduce access to any means of suicide under consideration
Assess the person's readiness for acceptance of a safety plan and/or treatment as well as the needs of others involved in the current situation
Demonstrate and document a collaborative patient safety and shared risk management plan in a concise and competent manner
Prepare and formulate a risk stratification decision to guide "next steps" toward enhanced patient safety, crisis mitigation and/or treatment disposition

In 2022, 10 upgrades were made to this training program

Basic QPR training is now included to enhance suicide risk detection in friends, family members, colleagues and co-workers
A tutorial on official terms and language use and orientation to Zero Suicide
A verbal screener to detect suicide risk in care settings
Skills training in three additional interventions; means reduction, safety planning, and continuity of care/caring contacts
A new e-learning software enabling scenario-based simulation training is included, enhancing learner engagement and improving content and skills mastery
Tutorial on how to avoid claims of suicide malpractice (taught by an expert attorney)
Training in postvention best practices in the aftermath of a death by suicide
Late-life suicide prevention, the burden of suffering, and current clinical best practice
Copyright-free use of QPRT risk assessment documents for paediatrics, adults, inpatient and outpatient are now included
Orientation to trauma-informed care


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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