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Perspectives and appropriateness of suicide prevention gatekeeper training for MSW students


As the largest provider group of outpatient mental health services, social workers are at the forefront of suicide prevention, yet lack formal education to recognize and respond to client suicide risk. The Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR; Quinnett, 1995) gatekeeper training teaches basic suicide prevention skills, focusing on suicide risk factors, warning signs, and response. Eight advanced MSW students, who completed the QPR training, participated in a face-to-face interview to share perspectives of the training and how they applied skills learned within their social work field placement. Study results provide crucial information about suicide prevention education for social workers.


Sharpe, T.L, Frey, J.J., Osteen, P.J., Bernes, S. (2014). Perspectives and Appropriateness of Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for MSW Students. Social Work in Mental Health, 12(2), pp. 117-131.

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