Intermediate Unit School Psychologists Train in QPR

Just like learning CPR, school staff and administrators can learn the tools necessary to identify and stabilize a potential mental health crisis in students.

Question, Persuade, Refer – or QPR – is a proven method to reduce suicide, and more area educators are being trained in this critical technique. The name of the method is easy to remember, since most people are familiar with the term CPR, the life-saving resuscitation technique. During the recently completed school year, school psychologists employed by ARIN Intermediate Unit were trained to learn how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The psychologists are certified to train others as well, and have begun to do so in local school districts and career and technology centers.

Kim Rode, Director of Special Education at ARIN IU 28, believes that this simple, easy-to-remember method can have a phenomenal impact and should be available to everyone who comes in contact with the students in our schools. “We want everyone working with young people to have effective tools available to help students facing crises. The more comfortable they are with asking difficult questions to assess a student’s mental health situation, the more likely they will be to refer them for help before it is too late. QPR is evidence-based and effective and we want to share it.” Rode said that the psychologists will train administrators and staff in
school districts and career and technology centers upon request.

For more information on how QPR works or for community training on QPR, please contact Kim Rode at 724-463-5300. ARIN Intermediate Unit provides innovative educational programs, training and support services through partnerships and visionary leadership in Armstrong and Indiana Counties.