Local QPR Trainings Open to the Public

Iowa County

Free QPR Trainings Classes 1.5 -2 Hour

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Iowa County Health and Human Services Bldg. 

303 W Chapel St, Dodgeville, WI 53533

 Cancelled due to COVID 

Upland Hills Health Hospital and Clinics

800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville (Education Room)

 Cancelled Due to COVID  

Training of Trainers

Full Day-   8  hours and costs $395

>  3-year Certification
>  12 Continuing Education Clock Hours
>  25 QPR classroom booklets and everything you’ll
>  need to host your first training workshop (Suicide
>  Prevention Coalition will pay for booklets after
>  these 25 are gone)
>  Must be 18 years or older to complete this course.

There are no maintenance fees

Renewing certification in 3 years -  fill out paperwork showing how many QPR Trainings you have taught and $85

No set amount of trainings required to renew, but Suicide Prevention Coalition encourages you to teach 1-2 a year.

Course Description:

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.

For more information or to inquire about signing up e-mail: jeanpapalia@yahoo.com 

Dane County


QPR Training Classes - 1.5 hours


No registration required. Class is free of charge. 

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  • Youth group / Class
  • Athletic coaches

 QPR Training

Safe Communities offers a free QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training where participants learn the warning signs for suicide, how to offer hope, and how to seek help to save a life.

QPR is CPR for Suicide Prevention. QPR stands for:

  • Question the person about suicide
  • Persuade the person to get help
  • Refer them for help

Send us an e-mail for more information or free QPR training. 

Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers

A gatekeeper is someone trained to recognize a suicide crisis and, because of their training, knows how and where to find help. 

  • QPR gatekeeper training takes just one hour and a half and is taught in a format that is clear, concise, and applicable for a wide variety of audiences. Gatekeepers are given information that is easy to understand, and reinforced by a QPR booklet and card complete with warning signs, methods to encourage a person to get help and a list of resources available in your community.
  • QPR recognizes that even socially isolated individuals usually have some sort of contact within their community (e.g. family, doctors, teachers, employer, banker, counselor, etc.) QPR teaches diverse groups within each community how to recognize the "real crises" of suicide and the symptoms that accompany it.
  • QPR addresses high-risk people within their own environments (verses requiring the individual to initiate requests for support or treatment on their own).
  • QPR offers the increased possibility of intervention early in the depressive and/or suicidal crisis (when the level of suicide may be less).
  • QPR encourages the gatekeeper to take the individual directly to a treatment provider and/or community resource.
  • QPR stresses active follow-up on each intervention that occurs.  The individual trained in QPR often plays a preexisting role in the at-risk person's life. This increases the sense of continuity, support likelihood of a positive resolution.
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