NaBITA Newsletter
September 10th, 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. Click here for more information.


Our Phone Number has Changed!


For any NaBITA questions, please feel free to contact us at our new telephone number, 484-321-3651.


Resource Spotlight

NaBITA is pleased to spotlight Community College of Denver's Faculty Guide to the CCD Care Team.

Tip of the Week


Inner, Middle and Outer Circles

by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.


It's likely you’ve been part of that conversation before about the circles. You know the one. It’s the conversation that helps us better understand about BIT membership. The inner circle are core team members that meet weekly to discuss cases, train and set interventions into motion. The outer circle are those team members who are invited “as needed” and do not come to every BIT meeting. Hang in there for a minute and I’ll talk about the middle circle.


To read the complete Tip, click here.

2014 Annual Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute


Registration Deadline is Friday, November 7th.

Now in its sixth year, the Annual NaBITA Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute is the leading conference in the field of higher education threat assessment and behavioral intervention. Each year the conference provides valuable, substantive, sustaining, and energizing dialogue for professionals from various disciplines who are engaged in the essential function of behavioral intervention in schools, on college campus, and in corporations and organizations.


Dates: November 19th – November 23rd, 2014 (Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon). The NaBITA Institute runs concurrently with the NaBITA Annual Conference, and then continues for two additional days. Institute registrants will attend the NaBITA Conference (included in the Institute registration fee), in an optional special track for Institute registrants.

The NaBITA conference begins with the Opening Keynote on Wednesday, November 19th, at 7:00pm. The conference runs through Thursday, November 20th until 1:00pm on Friday, November 21st. The Institute continues for the remainder of Friday the 21st, all day on Saturday the 22nd, and then concludes at 1:00pm on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014. For more information on the Campus Threat Management Institute, including certification opportunities, click here.

Conference Keynote Speaker

NaBITA is honored to announce Dave Cullen as the Keynote Speaker at this year's Conference. Mr. Cullen is the author of the New York Times bestseller Columbine, a haunting portrait of two killers and their victims. Columbine won several awards, including the Edgar Award, Barnes & Noble’s Discover Award, the Goodreads Choice Award. The keynote presentation, Understanding the Gradual Evolution of How and Why Troubled Kids Become Shooters, will be Wednesday, November 19th beginning at 7:00pm. For more information on the 2014 conference keynotes and featured speakers, click here.


Featured Speaker Sessions


The 2014 NaBITA Annual Conference features presenters chosen for their topical expertise by the conference committee.

A sampling of Featured Speakers sessions include:


BIT and Student Retention: Working Together Toward a Common Goal
Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC and Amy Murphy, Ph.D., Dean of Students/Managing Director, Center for Campus Life, Texas Tech University

Behavioral Intervention Teams are common on today’s university campuses. These teams meet to proactively identify students of concern, apply interventions to reinforce positive behaviors and change the course of negative ones, and to prevent violence and other threats to campus safety and wellness. Student retention efforts have been a growing area of focus for administrators looking to improve graduation statistics, increase student engagement and grow undergraduate and graduate student populations.

Join Drs. Murphy and Van Brunt as they review how BIT and student retention efforts can overlap to increase BIT presences and improve student retention efforts. While BIT and retention efforts may occasionally be at odds, they share the common goal of helping at-risk students become better connected on campus. Student engagement in clubs and organizations, educationally purposeful activities, interaction with faculty, learning with peers, high impact practices, and supportive campus environment each provide positive risk mitigation strategies useful for BITs.

Participants will learn:

  • How to lobby for increased BIT funding and support on campus by reviewing the BIT’s impact on student retention.
  • How to find areas of commonality between student retention goals of the university and the goals of the Behavioral Intervention Team.
  • What limitations exist in information sharing between the BIT and student retention efforts.
  • How Tinto’s model of student engagement relates to behavioral intervention.

BIT Recordkeeping
Presented by Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., NaBITA 2011-2012 President; Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC

We are frequently asked questions about recordkeeping and the BIT process. Teams tend to be focused on development of the team, creation of a protocol to identify an individual’s degree of threat, and identifying appropriate responses using objective measurements, to the exclusion of a protocol for recordkeeping. Of course these elements for your BIT are all important to the functioning and risk management, but so is the way in which your team creates and maintains the records related to your meetings, your follow-up, your recommendations, and your follow-through. This session focuses on the seven critical elements that must be addressed for comprehensive and compliant recordkeeping.

Updating the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool
Presented by Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., NaBITA Executive Director; President & CEO, The NCHERM Group, LLC

In 2014, NaBITA’s Executive Team decided to update the NaBITA Threat Assessment tool. While the functionality is still the same, we’ve made changes to:

  • Improve accuracy
  • Better demonstrate the literature, empirical and research basis for the tool
  • Clarify the ways to use trajectory and baseline to assess risk more accurately
  • Clarify confusion over the medical disability category
  • Better represent the conflict/hostility-based pathway to violence, and
  • Integrate the SIVRA-35 Tool


In this session, the presenter will review the changes that have been made, and discuss the process by which they were debated and determined. He will review application of some of the key updates, and provide an overview of how teams should be using the tool today. This session will feature lively Q&A.


Location and Hotel

The NaBITA Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. NaBITA has blocked rooms at the conference hotel, and the block will close on October 30, 2014. Reservations made after October 30th will be subject to the standard rate and based on availability. Lodging reservations can be made directly with the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa by clicking here or by calling 888-421-1442.




Click here for information on registering for the Annual Conference.
Click here for information on registering for the Campus Threat Management Institute.

Conference Information

For more information, please visit our 2014 Conference website, or contact Samantha Dutill, or 484-321-3651.

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.

Fall 2014 Online Trainings

                                         A Review Of Three Legal Cases

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

The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention


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.

The 2014 journal will be available at the annual conference in November.

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

Campus Shooting Rumors Close California School

South Bay Student Accused of Threatening School Shooting


Social Work Study Pinpoints a Veteran's Vulnerability


SAMHSA launches podcast series for National Suicide Prevention Week


Second Security Guard Raises Concerns After Arapahoe High Shooting

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 August, September or October, now is the time to renew.  Renew your NaBITA campus membership or join for the very first time for as low as $639! 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: 484-321-3651 *new*
Fax: 610-993-0228