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Programs Overview

David is available to conduct on-campus trainings, off-site seminars, and conference presentations. Listed below are his current program offerings. For more information, please use the contact page to get in touch with him. 

Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR)

David is a master QPR trainer who has taught the QPR curriculum for several years, and was the key person in bringing the QPR model to the state university system in Connecticut. The training covers how to question, persuade, and refer an individual who may be suicidal; getting help to prevent suicidality; common causes and warning signs of suicide; and helping someone in crisis.

Mental Health First Response

David is a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as providing mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings.

PASS (Prevent Another Student Suicide)

This three-hour training that focuses on recognizing suicide warning signs, conducting safety assessment, and doing safety planning for students. PASS training also provides a more in-depth review of depression and suicide; key protective factors; and key factors in managing a suicidal person.

David Denino

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of suicide, including risk factors and warning signs.

  • Understand general symptomatic presentation.

  • Feel comfortable in “asking the question,” to start the conversation.

  • Provide intervention.

  • Refer and follow-up.


Unit 1

  • Overview of suicide/college data.

  • Basic terms.

  • Understanding of risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors for suicide.

Unit 2

  • Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, comorbidity (“along with" issues), and hopelessness.

Unit 3

  • Methods of asking.

  • Responding to “yes” answers, “vague” answers, and self-injurious behaviors.

Unit 4

  • Intervention protocol for keeping person safe and conducting risk assessments.

  • Low/medium/high levels of concern and specific suicide assessment instruments (non-clinical).

  • Referral to help.

Unit 5

  • Self-care, take-away card, suicide resources, and reference materials.

  • Final Q & A.

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