NaBITA Newsletter
November 5th, 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.


Resource Spotlight

NaBITA is pleased to spotlight a Sample Self-Injury Letter Template.

Tip of the Week


Assessment and Treatment: Definitions and Ethics

by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.


One of the key issues facing clinical counseling staff is educating the referral source about the ethical and practical differences between mandated assessment and mandated treatment. An assessment is short term in nature and limited to a few sessions. The purpose of a threat assessment is to gather information regarding a potential threat to others, and communicate back to the referral source the nature of the potential threat.

To read the complete Tip, click here.

2014 Annual Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute


Registration Deadline is this Friday, November 7th!
Register online here.

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.



Conference: November 19th - November 21st, 2014 

Conference + Institute: November 19th - November 23rd, 2014


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 registration rates and 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.

The Downward Spiral: Understanding the Gradual Evolution of How and Why Troubled Kids Become Shooters

Presented by Dave Cullen, author of Columbine

Most shooters plan their attack for weeks, but the real danger begins months or years earlier, as they spiral downward. This long, slow gestation phase is our best hope for intervention. This session will identify three main types of shooters, and focus on the largest: How does a killer progress? What does his downward spiral look like? How can we identify at-risk kids and intercede?

This session will identify three main types of shooters, and focus on the largest: vengeful depressives. They are the easiest to treat, yet our least focus to date. What does their downward spiral look like? How does a killer progress? Why? Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold vividly documented his 2-year battle with suicide. Scanned passages from his journal, stories, etc. will help participants get inside a killer’s mind, seeing the world from his perspective. We will widen out to put Dylan in context of other vengeful depressives, using FBI and Secret Service data, as well as perspectives from top forensic psychologists on other prominent shootings.

The speaker will be available for book-signing after the session.

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:

Bring Your Scenario to the Table Town Hall
Presented by W. Scott Lewis, J.D., NaBITA 2013-2014 President; Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC and Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., NaBITA Executive Director; President & CEO, The NCHERM Group, LLC


Truth is often stranger than fiction, and we learn from our experiences. To that end, bring your real-life cases to this town hall, where - in a safe, “vaulted” conversation - the presenters will guide the participants through the cases, offering debriefing and suggestions for future cases. Participants are welcome to email the fact patterns to NaBITA ahead of time at In order to preserve anonymity, institution names will not be shared.


BIT and Athletics
Presented by W. Scott Lewis, J.D., NaBITA 2013-2014 President; Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC and Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D., Dean of Students, Columbus State University


An student-athlete has failed a second drug screen. Another has injuries inconsistent with his or her sport. A third appears to be battling an eating disorder.  Can your BIT be notified? Will it? Does your campus BIT have a relationship with your athletics department, including the coaches, trainers, psychologist/psychiatrist and student support staff? In this session, the presenters will discuss how to develop and foster the relationship, as well as how to navigate the legal, ethical, and political waters of cross-referral, support and record-keeping.


Threats to Kill: Statements of Future Intent

Presented by Paul Szych, Lieutenant, Albuquerque Police

Threats to kill involving domestic violence and/or stalking related cases must be viewed as statements of future intent. The entire judicial system has been de-sensitized to view threats to kill as just one’s constitutional right to free speech and therefore legal. Legal, yes. Lethal, maybe. Most humans think, speak and then act as a natural progression towards the action. Very often threats to kill are only revealed after a domestic violence and/or stalking related homicide has already occurred. For this reason threats to kill must be evaluated for lethality and the rapid loss of conduct inhibitors in an attempt to predict high-lethality offender conduct, as well as potential windows of opportunity. Threats to kill have proven to be of significant importance in working to proactively prevent domestic violence and stalking-related homicides.

Location and Hotel

The NaBITA Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa.

5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

The conference room block at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa has closed. Reservations may still be made with the Hyatt at the going room rate, subject to availability. NaBITA has identified other hotel options. Please note we do not have a room block with these hotels and cannot guarantee rates or availability.


Registration Deadline is Friday, November 7th!
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

Resources Available for Purchase


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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.

 Click here for more information about J-BIT and a look at our 2015 Call for Submissions.

Links to Relevant Articles

Yik Yak Creates Campus Chaos

Green River CC on Lockdown, Cops Sweep Campus After Threat


Kilgore Police Officer Shot On-Duty

Seattle Pacific University Lifts Campus Lockdown After Gun Threat


Shooting Threat at BYU-Idaho Was A Bad Joke

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 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. 


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