NaBITA Newsletter
May 21st, 2014

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In NaBITA's monthly 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.


Resource Spotlight

NaBITA is pleased to spotlight the Behavioral Health Screens for Suicide Risk, released by Magellan Health Services.

Tip of the Week


Direct Threat No More?

by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.


In the absence of any specific guidance from the U.S. Government, colleges and universities have been left for years now to wonder about the best practice with respect to suicidal students, since the regulations for ADA appeared to remove harm-to-self from the direct threat definition protected individuals with disabilities in 2010.  NaBITA has always contended that colleges and universities may legally separate a student who is acutely suicidal, for their own safety, from the university or from university housing for a period of time.  The question has been a matter of how that can be done, legally.  


To read the complete Tip, click here.

Announcing the Release of the NaBITA 2014 Whitepaper

NaBITA is proud to announce the release of its 2014 Whitepaper: Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting.

BIT Best Practices Certification Course

July 29-31, 2014
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Click here for a schedule, agenda and more information.

August 7-9, 2014
Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center

Portland, OR

Click here for a schedule, agenda and more information.

Newly Updated Threat Assessment Tool
These events will be one of the first opportunities to train on the newly-updated NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool.  The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool was first introduced in 2009.  It now commands respect as the tool most commonly used by campus behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams.  Given the prominence it has achieved, we at NaBITA are mindful of our ongoing obligation to update the tool, validate it, and assure that it continues to reflect best practices.  While our trainings and our literature describing the use and application of the tool have evolved consistently to date, this marks the first substantial revision to the tool itself, and an update of the 2009 Whitepaper that first introduced the tool to the field. Be among the first users to receive updated training and case studies! 

Interested in learning more about the training and updates to the threat assessment tool? Faculty members Scott Lewis and Brian Van Brunt have recorded a 20-minute overview of the training to help you decide if registering for one of our summer training events is right for you. This preview is free to access/download, but must be viewed on our platform. Please visit and scroll to the bottom to “purchase” for $0 the recording Summer Updates: What’s New with the NaBITA Tool. If you do not already have an account, you will be prompted to create one.

2014 Annual Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute


November 19-23, 2014

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Bonita Springs, FL

The Conference Call for Programs is now open! Please click here for more information on submitting a conference session proposal.  Proposal deadline is July 15th.

For more information, please visit our 2014 conference website.

Keep Your Certification with NaBITA Up-to-Date

Introducing the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) Program

Have you completed a certification training with NaBITA? Are you considering obtaining these
certifications? Do you benefit from ongoing professional development from The NCHERM Group? If so, the CCC program is for you. We have heard your requests to update and renew your certifications online, and we are excited to announce our online professional development platform called the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) program.

Who can earn CCCs? Our CCC program allows clients of The NCHERM Group, including those certified by NaBITA, to track, maintain and extend their professional development through our programs. CCCs are a cost-effective way to stay current and maintain your certification from the nation’s leader in higher education risk management.

Learn more about our new program here.

Upcoming 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, higher education legal issues, administrative best practices and risk management.

Spring/Summer 2014 Online Trainings

Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 Online Training Recordings Available for Purchase here

The 2014 J-BIT Call for Submissions Deadline is June 15th


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.

The 2013 journal is available to members on the members-only materials page.  Want a sneak peak?  Click here to view the table of contents, preface, and introductory paragraph of each article.

Call for submissions for the 2014 journal is open!  To learn more about J-BIT and to submit an article, click here. The submission deadline is June 15, 2014.

Newly published faculty guide aids college professors addressing 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.


Links to Relevant Articles

The Jed Foundation Partners with Sigma Chi International Fraternity to Launch Sigma Chi Lifeline

SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $4.2 million for the Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

Hamden Police: Former Student Attempted to Cancel Quinnipiac Graduation with Bomb Threat

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Prevention Week is May 18-24

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 Reminders and 2014 Membership Drive

If your NaBITA membership expires in May, June or July, now is the time to renew.  Renew your NaBITA campus membership or join for the first time for as low as $320 during our half-price membership drive! From February 1st to August 1st, 2014, Campus Standard and Enhanced memberships are 50% off!  Be sure to take advantage of this great offer and renew before August 1st!  Please download our membership renewal form here, or click here to renew online. 


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