QPR Training 


Iowa County Health & Human Services

 and Upland Hills Health

Questions: SPCICWI@gmail.com 


Registration Required 24 hrs in advance

Times Available: Previously Dates were on the 3rd Wednesday of each month 

Currently, DATES & TIMES TBA Due to COVID and accessibility to locations.


Iowa County Health and Human Services Bldg. 

303 W Chapel St, Dodgeville, WI 53533


Upland Hills Health Hospital and Clinics

800 Compassion Way, Dodgeville (Education Room)


Bio's of Presenters:


Phil Henneman was a dairy farmer in Boscobel before becoming a correctional officer at the Supermax Prison in Boscobel.  Phil is a trained QPR Trainer and primarily trains the newly hired officers for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Phil has been presenting QPR Trainings since 2015 and is featured in the Public Service announcement for Farmers and Suicide with his wife Julie.  In 2006 Julie & Phil lost their son, Keith to suicide and are the head of 


Julie Henneman, is Phil's wife and farmed along side Phil & their sons until they sold the cattle. Julie is currently employed at Lands End of Dodgeville.  Julie and Phil are both very involved in Compassionate Friends of Dodgeville and helping spread awareness and breaking down stigmas related to suicide and mental health issues by being featured in the Public Service Announcements for Suicide Prevention and interviewed by local media. Julie was trained as a QPR Trainer in 2018.


Sue Springer  is a certified QPR Trainer with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She currently works as a Nationally Certified Sign Language Interpreter in Madison.  Sue started the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Iowa County WI (SPCIC) in 2014 after losing her brother to suicide in 2012. Sue has been presenting QPR Trainings since 2015.


Teresa Miller (pronouns She/Her/Hers) has been a Counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2013.She grew up in the Quad Cities and now lives in Dubuque.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience treating anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and trauma. She enjoys working with individuals to find solutions to what’s happening in their lives. She has provided QPR training to over 500 individuals in southwest Wisconsin. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors, attending concerts and stand-up comedy shows, running, and practicing yoga.


Noelle Hebgen, BSN, is a Registered Nurse and the Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health at Southwest Behavioral Services. Noelle has been a nurse for 10 years and has experience working in mental health, homecare/hospice, and long term care. In addition to teaching QPR, Noelle is also a certified instructor of crisis prevention training. Noelle is currently pursuing a Master of Science in nursing degree with a specialization in psychiatric mental health from Walden University.

What does QPR mean?

  • QQuestion           PPersuade                     R -Refer

— the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.


After completing this 1.5 hour training you will be a "Gatekeeper"


What is a Gatekeeper?

According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

with QPR, the following Chain of Survival elements will be discussed:

  • Early Recognition of suicide | The sooner warning signs are detected and help sought, the better the outcome of a suicidal crisis will be.
  • Early QPR | Asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help.
  • Early intervention and referral | Referral to local resources or calling 1-800-Suicide for evaluation and possible referral is critical.
  • Early Advanced Life Support | As with any illness, early detection and treatment results in better.
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