August 28th, 2013

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In NaBITA's monthly newsletter we share a Tip of the Week, spotlight a resource relevant to 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.


Resource Spotlight

Empowering Comprehensive Campus Cultures of Reporting

by Brett A. Sokolow, Esq.

Published 2010

The single most powerful way we can intervene prior the emergence of campus violence is to intentionally, actively and strategically empower a culture of reporting within the campus community and the larger related community.

In this article, we offer a comprehensive discussion of how to create, empower, expand and maintain cultures of reporting on college campuses as vital violence prevention mechanisms. It’s a revisiting of a topic you have heard us discuss previously, but treated here with a greater depth of exploration. Since the shootings at Virginia Tech, more than 1,600 college campuses have created or revised their behavioral intervention and threat assessment team capacities. Yet, no matter how well‐crafted and operational these teams may be, they are only as powerful as the intel they receive from members of the community. You can’t act on what you don’t know. We talked in a recent article about the need to get the information from those who have it to those who need it: our campus behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams. We highlighted the need to empower cultures of reporting in NCHERM’s Post‐Huntsville webinar, and in this article we fully develop the practical steps needed to empower reporting cultures.


Tip of the Week

Icon Intimidation

by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

One challenge for teams is addressing a term introduced in Senior FBI Profiler (retired) and Forensic Behavioral Consultant Mary Ellen O’Toole’s book Dangerous Instincts. This term is “Icon Intimidation.” In discussing potential pitfalls to attending to potential risk, Icon Intimidation occurs when a person’s status, fame or power may influence how their actions are seen. For more information and to learn how Icon Intimidation can be influencing your team, click here.


Upcoming Events from NaBITAJoin NaBITA in Connecticut!

BIT Best Practices Certification Course

September 9-11, 2013 at University of New Haven in West Haven, CT

Registration deadline is this Friday, August 30

2013 Annual NaBITA Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute5th Annual NaBITA Conference and Threat Management Institute

November 13-17, 2013 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL

Early bird registration deadline is Sunday, September 1





Newly published faculty guide aids college professors dealing with aggressive behavior in the classroom

A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior

College and university faculty are asked to serve an increasingly diverse and at-risk population of students. The classroom is now the scene of disruptive and dangerous behaviors that range from speaking out of turn to the misuse of technology to potentially aggressive and threatening behaviors. Written by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. and W. Scott Lewis, J.D., A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior provides the practical ideas and guidance necessary to manage and mitigate these behaviors, from two respected professionals who've developed and implemented the field's best practices. Grounded in research and theory that addresses the interplay of mental health, substance abuse and aggression that may enter the college classroom, this accessible book serves as a necessary guide for busy faculty members facing challenging situations in their classrooms.

For more information on the book, click here.

To invite the authors to speak with your faculty, contact Alisha DiGiandomenico at (610) 644-3387.


Announcing NCHERM Group Online TrainingsNCHERM Group Online Trainings

The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is a new endeavor to provide quality, distance learning education and discussion opportunities to colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

Bringing experts from numerous fields, The NCHERM Group and its affiliated associations, SCOPE, ATIXA and NaBITA, will bring you quality programs that address the most pressing needs in threat assessment, prevention education, sexual assault prevention and legal issues and administrative risk management.

Fall 2013 Online Trainings Schedule

October 2, 2013: Hamsters in the Hallways: Navigating the Law Regarding Animals on Campus

October 16, 2013: NaBITA Readmission Requirements following a Psychological Crisis

November 1, 2013: Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Student Behavior in the Classroom

November 6, 2013: Training Front Office Staff to Identify, Report and Manage Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior

November 19, 2013: Managing the Suicidal Student on Campus

December 3, 2013: Seven Things We Can Do To End Hazing


Announcing J-BIT, a multi-disciplinary academic journal for BIT research


The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association announces the launch of its flagship, peer-reviewed academic journal, The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT). J-BIT is a multi-disciplinary journal intended to encourage academic research and scholarship regarding the function, design, operation, and assessment of campus Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs) at two- and four-year colleges and universities.

To learn more about J-BIT, click here.


Links to Relevant Articles

Mashable: Social media project monitors keywords to prevent suicide

Campus Safety Magazine: Community college considers dissolving police force after campus assault

Savannah Morning News: Savannah State University officer's gun discharges; bullet lodges in classroom Updated University of Alabama policy bans guns everywhere on campus, even at games; violators face ban


For more information on NaBITA, visit or contact:
Samantha Dutill, Associate Executive Director

116 E. King Street
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-993-0229
Fax: 610-993-0228