Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services will present a free Question, Persuade, Refer or Treat (QPRT) Suicide Risk Detection, Risk Assessment and Risk Management Training session on Friday, October 30 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center. The center is located at 44219 Airport Road in California, Maryland. Training begins at 8 a.m.

The course will introduce counselors and health care providers to suicide risk detection, risk assessment and risk management from a medical and psychological perspective. The course, both didactic and interactive, provides practice with the QPRT Suicide Risk Management inventory. Upon conclusion, participants will be able to conduct a suicide risk assessment, complete the QPRT Suicide Risk Management Inventory, and engage an at-risk client and/or family in a shared risk management plan based on informed consent.

Some of the course objectives are:

  • Learning to identify at least ten major risk factors for suicide
  • Describe current suicide risk assessment methods, their contributions and limitations
  • Describe the rationale and components of the QPRT Suicide Risk Management Inventory
  • Be able to engage an at-risk patient in a frank discussion of suicidal thoughts, feelings and plans, including taking a pertinent suicide history
  • Be able to conduct and complete a risk assessment interview, complete the QPRT, and document a risk management plan, including a no-suicide contract
  • Be familiar with the QPR for Suicide Prevention public health education program

Course content to be reviewed includes:

  • Suicide risk factors in clinical settings, epidemiology and overview
  • Detecting suicidal thoughts and feelings; understanding the problem of dissimulation
  • Risk factors and their assessment
  • Completing the QPRT Suicide Risk Inventory (interview and practice with form)
  • Understanding parasuicidal behavior
  • Managing the at-risk patient over time; risk windows and opportunities
  • Avoiding bad outcomes, clinical considerations

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and is limited to 40 participants. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To reserve your place, please RSVP to the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, before Friday, October 16, by calling 301-475-4200, ext. 1680 or via email to amber.hebert@stmarysmd.com,