Victoria and Martha

  • QPR stands for Question, Persuade and Refer. These three simple steps can help save the life of a suicidal person, and they can be learned by anyone.

As Victoria and Martha leave your office, Martha comes back and asks to speak with you in private.

When you close the door, Martha breaks down into tears. “Please tell me what to do! I’m afraid that my mother will do something to hurt or kill herself. I’m so worried that if I even bring it up or ask about it when she says things like that it will put ideas into her head! What should I do?”

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For this initial assignment, teach Martha the basics of QPR. Use Casey summary QPR answer the following questions (3 pages)

  • What will you say to dispel her fear that bringing “it” up will put ideas into Victoria’s head?
  • What will you tell her to say instead of just ignoring the comments her mother has been making (Question)?
  • What will you suggest to Martha to help Persuade Victoria to get help if she needs it?
  • Finally, where will you tell Martha to Refer Victoria to for help? Assume Victoria and Martha live in your community, therefore use resources that exist in your community.


  • Courtois, C. A. (2008). Complex trauma, complex reactions: Assessment and treatment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, S(1), 86-100. (Located in Content-Week #)
  • Killian, K., Hernandez-Wolfe, P., Engstrom, D., & Gangsei, D. (2017). Development of the Vicarious Resilience Scale (VRS): A measure of positive effects of working with trauma survivors. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy9(1), 23-31. (Located in Content-Week #)
  • Strand, V. C., Sarmiento, T. L., & Pasquale, L. E. (2005). Assessment and screening tools for trauma in children and adolescents. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 6(1), 55–78. (Located in Content-Week #)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Trauma-informed care in behavioral health services. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 57. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13- 4801. Rockville, MD: Author. Link (Also located in Content-Week #) *Read only: Chapter 4, “Screening and Assessment” (pp. 91–110) and Appendix D, “Screening and Assessment Instruments” (p. 271).

Use the readings/media items to answers the questions below (2 to 3 pages)

  • How does your social work placement site agency or organization identify traumatic stress in client systems?
  • How does your social work placement site agency or organization establish a safe physical environment for screening and assessment? How might you improve this environment?
  • How might your social work placement site agency or organization unintentionally cause clients to re-experience harm? Evaluate therapeutic relationships, the environment, policies and procedures, attitudes, and beliefs in your response.
  • Identify and assess your reactions to trauma that you are exposed to from your clients and others (such as family members) with whom you interact.
  • How has the trauma content affected the ways you assess clients and how you view those who have experienced trauma?




  • Required Readings/Media:
    Van Hook (2019) Chapter 11: Bowen Family Systems Therapy
    • ARTICLE: Walsh, J., & Harrigan, M. (2003). The termination stage in Bowen’s family systems theory. Clinical social work journal, 31(4), 383-394.
    • Psychology in Seattle. (2015). Bowenian Family Therapy. [Video].

use the 3-2-1 prompt: Identify 3 main ideas from the about readings/media; 2 quotes and how/why they resonate with you; and, 1 question, comment/critique (2 pages)

4) Required Readings/Media:
• Van Hook (2019) Chapter 12: Object Relations Family Therapy
• Wilcox, A. (2016). The Brown family (object-relations family therapy). [Video].


Identify 3 main ideas from the above readings/media; 2 quotes and how/why they resonate with you; and, 1 question, comment/critique        


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