NaBITA Newsletter
July 25, 2018
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In NaBITA's monthly newsletter we share a Tip of the Week, share a resource for behavioral intervention teams, provide news, and share information about our upcoming events. In addition, each NaBITA  newsletter brings you information relevant to the field of behavioral intervention and prevention, with current events and valuable resources. If you like the newsletter, we hope you will join NaBITA so that you can receive the weekly version of this great member benefit. Click  here  for more information.
Tip of the Week

Risk Assessments and Psychological Assessments
By Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

What is the difference between a psychological assessment and a risk assessment? Who is able to conduct these assessments? What is the most effective delivery of the assessment? These are topics we write about frequently at NaBITA, but one that remains a common question for teams and colleges across the country.

Click  here  to read more.
Resource Spotlight

NaBITA is pleased to spotlight content from "Assessment and Intervention: Establishing Rapport, Overcoming Defensiveness, and Building Trust with the Difficult or
Student," a Featured Speaker session at the 2016 NaBITA Conference. 

Introducing the 2018 NaBITA Conference Closing Keynote Speaker and Session

Conference: November 5-7, 2018
Institute: November 5-9, 2018

NaBITA is pleased to welcome Tammy Hodo, Ph.D. as the Closing Keynote at the 2018 NaBITA Conference.

Dr. Hodo was born in Milwaukee, WI. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Studies, with a specialization in Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity. She has worked in academia for over ten years in a variety of positions, including as a faculty member. She is also a disabled Navy Veteran.

Her most recent Administrative role was as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for a law school where she was responsible for policy development and overall institutional compliance for students, faculty, and staff related to discrimination and harassment, including violations of the non-discrimination policy and the sexual misconduct policy.  Currently, Dr. Hodo is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida (UNF), where she teaches courses on racial and ethnic minorities, Introduction to Sociology, and Research Methods. Dr. Hodo's teaching and research interest focuses on the experiences of minorities, both faculty and students in academia, specifically at Primarily White Institutions (PWI).

Closing Keynote Session

Does Implicit Bias Influence your Behavior Intervention Team?  A Conversation about Microaggressions and the Effects of Implicit Biases on Marginalized Groups in Academia

This session will cover implicit bias and the impact it may have on Behavior Intervention Teams in regard to referrals and sanctions.  Implicit bias is unconscious and is a way for us to categorize people, places and things. It happens quickly, similar to our ability to assess a situation and determine if we are in danger. Studies continue to document the disparity in expulsion and suspensions rates in the K-12 system between whites and those viewed as "the other." It would be reasonable to assume these same tendencies may be at play in the higher education environment. Is this a cultural issue or is it implicit bias on the part of some educators and administrators? 

This keynote will also define and discuss how microaggressions affect those in marginalized communities. Microaggression refers to the casual degradation of any marginalized group, such as suggesting that someone is a criminal based solely on their physical appearance. This can impact our assessments on the BIT, the application of the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, and what data we look for or avoid searching for in a case. How do we ensure that we are practicing cultural relativism, which is the ability to value or respect another's culture, although its ideologies' or practices may not align with our own? This session will be useful for all three phases of the BIT: data gathering, applying a rubric, and providing interventions that take into account marginalized status.


To register, please click  here.

Conference Early Bird Registration (Register by Friday, August 31, 2018)
  • Non-members - $560 per person
  • Individual/Case Manager NaBITA Members - $498 per person
  • Standard NaBITA Members - 1st Registrant $230; additional registrants - $494 per person
  • Enhanced NaBITA Members - 1st Registrant free; additional registrants - $428 per person
Conference Regular Registration (After Friday, August 31, 2018)
  • Non-members - $660 per person
  • Individual/Case Manager NaBITA Members - $598 per person
  • Standard NaBITA Members - 1st Registrant $330; additional registrants - $594 per person
  • Enhanced NaBITA Members - 1st Registrant free; additional registrants - $528 per person
Secret Service Recognizes BIT Model as Key to Prevention of School Violence

The nation's schools should establish teams to evaluate all potential threats and encourage students to report troubling behavior, the U.S. Secret Service  said  in a ne w set of guidelines for preventing school violence, affirming the model  NaBITA  has been championing for a decade.

The guidebook,  Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model, notes that schools that set up programs in advance for assessing threats, rather than trying to establish them in a crisis, do better at identifying students of concern, assessing their risk for violence, and finding ways to reduce the threat.

U.S. Secret Service Recommends NaBITA as a Resource for Schools

NaBITA was pleased to be recognized in the guide as a resource for schools in the area of threat assessment. Since 2009, NaBITA has been committed to providing education, development, and support to school and workplace professionals who endeavor every day to make their campuses and workplaces safer through caring prevention and intervention.
Announcing the 2018 July-September NaBITA Membership Upgrade Promotion
NaBITA announces incentives toward upgrading to an Enhanced/Charter* Level membership!

NaBITA Enhanced members receive the following benefits:
  • One free registration to the Annual NaBITA Conference, and 20% discount for all other attendees from your campus
  • Weekly member newsletter featuring a Tip of the Week and Resource Spotlight
  • Access to the NaBITA Listserv 
  • 10% discounts for NaBITA  Regional Events and Online Trainings
  • Access to the NaBITA Membership List
  • Access to member resource materials
  • Two free NaBITA Online Trainings
  • Access to the NaBITA Ask the Experts Consultation
*The Charter level of Membership includes two years of Enhanced level benefits for $2,200.
Upgrade to a new Enhanced/Charter Level Membership by September 30, 2018 and receive:
This promotion applies only to new Enhanced/Charter Level members.

For any additional information or to discuss this promotional offer in detail, contact Ryan McDavis, Vice President for Client and Member Relations at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1009.
2018 NaBITA Training Events   

Host a Training Event!

NaBITA is now accepting proposals for 2019! Should your campus/school/organization look to host an on-campus Training Event, NaBITA is currently collecting  Request for Proposals  for campus host sites for the 2019 calendar year. 

Please complete and return the application, in addition to the  Request for Proposal Response Document .

A list of available training programs can be found here.
Resources Available for Purchase 

Learn more about NaBITA products with the  2018 NaBITA Catalog.
Links to Relevant Articles

Talking About Mental Health-and Addressing the Challenges That Many Academics Face

A Guide for Conducting Threat Assessments in Schools

Gateway, Parkside Address Campus Safety

House Backs Suicide Hotline Bill; Could Lead to 3-Digit Dial Code

Could Depression Be An Immune Response To Stress? A New Study Suggests An Answer

After Struggling with Depression, Teen Creates "notOK" App to Help Others Get Support

ER Intervention Curbs Suicide Attempts in the Near Future
Job Board

NaBITA has created a Job Board page on our website for you to share any BIT-related job openings on your campus. You can find this resource at Please email any position announcements to
Membership Renewal Reminder

If your NaBITA membership expires in June, July, or August, now is the time to renew. Renew your NaBITA campus membership, or join for the first time, for as low as $639! Please download our membership renewal form here, or click here to renew online.  
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