Sponsored by Student Affairs, the CARE Team and Counseling Services
Counseling Services offers a suicide prevention training program called “Question, Persuade and Refer” (QPR). The goal is to help teach faculty, staff and student groups effective, timely intervention strategies to assist a student in distress. QPR: The CPR for Mental Health EmergenciesWith QPR, you learn how to ask the right questions in order to critically assist a student in distress. These 3 simple steps can help save a life.The QPR curriculum helps to educate the campus community on:
What are JWU participants saying about QPR training? • More than 95% of attendees stated that they would recommend QPR training to others.• “Before this training, I had a lot of anxiety about suicide and how to ask, now I feel more comfortable addressing it.”•
“Helped me understand how to reach out and ask someone if they are
considering suicide and how I can always refer to the counseling
center.”• “I felt the combination of mediums – video, ppt and discussion really helped get the message across.”• “Thank you – I think this is a very important tool!”
How to Request TrainingTraining is available for the entire JWU community. Interested groups can complete the QPR training request form (50K doc) and email it to Counseling Services.When sending your request, please provide at least 3 weeks' advance notice.Each interactive 2-hour training session includes the QPR core curriculum, video, roleplay and discussion. QPR Booklets will be provided to each participant.If you have any questions, contact Counseling Services’ QPR coordinator, Jean Russell LICSW, at 401-598-1016.National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Best Practice StandardsQPR is a nationally recognized and empirically-based suicide prevention program that colleges and universities across the country have embraced.Counseling Services and core Student Affairs leaders, faculty and staff have been trained as Gatekeepers in QPR Suicide Prevention.
Our goal is to enhance a campus culture of wellness and belonging to maximize student success.JWU QPR Certified TrainersJoe Barresi, PhD, Associate Dean, Counseling, Health and Wellness Debbie Becker, Assistant Director of Residential Education Kristen J. Buglione, MPH , Director of Health Education Michaela DeCataldo, Associate Professor, Social SciencesCorporal Scott Emby, Safety and Security Scott Lyons, Director, Student Activities Rachel Millen, MS, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Athletic TrainerMaureen Minarik, PhD, Clinical Staff Psychologist, Counseling ServicesJean Russell, LICSW, QPR Training Coordinator, Counseling Services Jillian Withington, MS, ATC, CSCS, Assistant Athletic Trainer Chris Zacharda, EdD, Associate Dean, Student Life