NaBITA Newsletter
October 26, 2016
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In NaBITA's quarterly newsletter we share a Tip of the Week, spotlight a resource relevant to the field, 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 relevant 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. 
Resource Spotlight

NaBITA is pleased to spotlight The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health. This resource was prepared by  The Carter Center  and developed in part with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS ).
Tip of the Week

Department of Education Guidance for P-12 and Students with Disabilities Reflects Some Foundational BIT Principles (Part IV)
by Amy Murphy, Ph.D.

This week, we wrap up our discussion of promising practices for BITs to consider related to supporting students with disabilities and providing positive interventions to address student concerns. 

To read the complete Tip, click here.
Registration for the NaBITA Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute Closes Next Week!
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November 13-17, 2016
The registration deadline is Friday, November 4, 2016.

For more information, please visit the  NaBITA Conference webpage or contact  Amanda Tarczynski, at (484) 321-3651.
Explore This Year's Conference Campus Threat Management Institute Sessions

NaBITA is excited to welcome a number of Faculty to the Institute this year. Institute presentations will be 3 hours in length. Explore three Institute sessions below.

Using the HCR-20V3 to Assess and Manage Violence Risk in Higher Education Settings
Presented by Stephen Hart, Ph.D., Director and Threat Assessment Specialist, ProActive Resolutions 

Version 3 of the HCR-20, a set of structured professional judgement (SPJ) guidelines for assessing and managing violence risk in diverse settings, is the newest edition of the world's most commonly used and best validated violence risk assessment tool. It is used by threat assessment teams in higher education settings in many countries. In this workshop,  Dr. Hart will discuss the SPJ approach to violence risk assessment,  outline the HCR-20V3 administration procedures, and discuss the strengths and limitations of the HCR-20V3 in higher education settings. He will conclude with a case study that illustrates these points.

The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, Part 1
Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director of NaBITA; Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; and W. Scott Lewis, J.D., NaBITA Past-President; Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC

This is a comprehensive training on the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, which was updated in the spring of 2014. Participants will learn how to use the tool, with four measures of mental health related risk, five generalized risk measures and nine measures for aggression. With this tool, teams can accurately assess the potential for harm to self, harm to others, and harm to facilities/operations/reputation. Once the tool is explained, participants will work through a set of case studies to assess the risks of each, and then to strategically deploy intervention tools to address those risks.

Title IX and BITs
Presented by Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., NaBITA Past-President; Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC; and W. Scott Lewis, J.D., NaBITA Past-President; Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex and gender discrimination at educational institutions that receive federal funding. The accompanying Office for Civil Rights guidance mandates that institutions must respond to notice of sex/gender misconduct by taking action to stop the prohibited behavior and prevent the recurrence. As schools work to respond appropriately to sexual misconduct, they often find that the misconduct involves behaviors that suggest obsession, violence, threats and dysfunctional behaviors. Utilizing Title IX Officers on your campus BIT, as needed, when behaviors are reported to the BIT and training your BIT on appropriate referral to the Title IX Coordinator when behavior is reported to your BIT that suggests sex/gender misconduct, is essential. This session will discuss the intersection of responsibilities between BITs and Title IX and the way in which cross-training is an important approach to most effectively address behaviors through both types of protocol.

Click here to register for the conference and Institute!

For more information, please visit the NaBITA Conference webpage or contact Amanda Tarczynski, at (484) 321-3651.
Conduct Training Videos from NaBITA and The NCHERM Group    
Conduct Training Videos

A Series of Easy-to-Use Video Training and Skill-Building Tools

Each video offers a brief vignette lasting just a few minutes, in which a student and administrator talk about an incident. Supplemental materials include a transcript of the video, a leaders' guide, and set of questions and answers for use in training and discussion applications, plus a set of key takeaways from each case. Buy only the videos you want for $119 each, or get them all for $419.
Learn more about the videos in our series and how to purchase for your campus  here.
Violence Risk Assessment Tabletop Scenarios   
VRA Tabletop Scenarios

Each video set presents an individual who has been referred to the BIT engaged in a conversation with the BIT chair and a violence risk assessment with a campus mental health assessor. 
  • Myra & Craig: A Case Study in Student Violence Risk Assessment 
  • Prof. Jon & His Students: A Case Study in Faculty Violence Risk Assessment 
Purchase each video set and accompanying materials for $249. 

For more information click here. For questions, please contact Amanda Tarczynski at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1005.
Save the Date for 2017 NaBITA Training Events   

  • March 6 & 7, 2017 in Chattanooga, TN 
  • June 28 & 29, 2017 in Highland Hills, OH 
BIT Best Practices Certification Course
  • January 17 & 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA
  • May 8 & 9, 2017 in Bridgeport, CT
Announcing Best BITs: Topics in Campus Behavioral
Intervention & Violence Prevention 

Today's campus Behavioral Intervention Teams have a critical, but often difficult, duty to fulfill. BITs are constantly challenged to more effectively encourage reporting of such behavior, objectively assess threat and violence risk, and implement measures to ensure the safety of their campus populations while also providing support to and balancing the rights of students in crisis. NaBITA has long published best practices, tips, and expert insights for its members.  Best BITs: Topics in Campus Behavioral Intervention & Violence Prevention is a compilation of that content, updated and organized by topical areas so that campus practitioners who serve on a BIT can access the information they need, when they need it.

Covering everything from BIT composition and functions to working with special populations, this is the perfect companion to  The Book on BIT (2014) and  The Assessment of Behavioral Intervention Teams: Core-Q10 (2015).

Click  here to order Best BITs in paperback on Amazon.
Links to Relevant Articles
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

Manager, SafeCampus  - University of Washington
Membership Renewal Reminder

If your NaBITA membership expires in September, October, or November, 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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