NaBITA Newsletter
April 8, 2015

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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 Columbus State University's BIT Manual, provided by Chip Reese, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Columbus State University, NaBITA Advisory Board Member and NaBITA 2015-2016 President-Elect.


Tip of the Week

Writing a BIT Manual: The Continuing Evolution

by Chip Reese, Ed.D.


Since returning from the NaBITA Annual Conference in November, I have received dozens of requests for a copy of Columbus State University’s BIT manual and assistance in writing policies and procedures. Being glad to assist in any way possible, allow me to share how our team started and how we would do it today, if we had to start over.


To read the complete Tip, click here.


Announcing the 7th Annual NaBITA Conference

and the 6th Annual Campus Threat Management Institute


November 17-21, 2015

The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX



Earlybird Registration and Call For Programs are open!

For more information, please visit the NaBITA Conference webpage or contact:

Amanda Tarczynski, or (484) 321-3651


Conference Keynote Speakers

NaBITA is honored to announce Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D., as the Opening Keynote Speaker at this year's Conference. Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D. is a forensic clinical psychologist and Bunker Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Cornell is Director of the U.Va. Virginia Youth Violence Project and a faculty associate of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. His research and teaching is concerned with the prevention of youth violence and bullying, as well as the facilitation of healthy student development and achievement through a supportive and structured school climate. Dr. Cornell has worked with juvenile and adult violent offenders, testified in criminal proceedings and legislative hearings, and consulted on violence prevention efforts. He has authored more than 200 publications in psychology and education, including studies of juvenile homicide, school safety, bullying and threat assessment. Two of his books are School Violence: Fears Versus Facts, and Guidelines for Responding to Student Threats of Violence. He is currently conducting a federally-funded study of school climate and bullying in more than 700 Virginia secondary schools.


NaBITA is also pleased to announce Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.), as the Closing Keynote Speaker at this year's Conference. Col. Grossman is a former West Point psychology professor, Professor of Military Science, and an Army Ranger who has combined his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific endeavor, which has been termed "killology." In this new field Col. Grossman has made revolutionary new contributions to our understanding of killing in war, the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus" of violent crime that is raging around the world, and the process of healing the victims of violence, in war and peace.

Col. Grossman co-authored Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence, which has received international acclaim. He is the author of On Killing, as well as On Combat; both books are on the U.S. Marine Corps Commandant's Required Reading List, as well as required reading at the FBI academy and numerous colleges and universities. He has presented to over 100 different colleges and universities worldwide, and has trained educators and law enforcement professionals, in the field of school safety, at the state and regional level, in all 50 states and over a dozen foreign nations. He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school shootings, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton, Virginia Tech, and Nickel Mines Amish school shootings.


NaBITA Training Events


NaBITA BIT Foundations Certification Course Dates


  • St. Louis, MO
    June 11 & 12, 2015 hosted by St. Louis Community College
    Registration deadline is Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • Boulder, CO
    June 29 & 30, 2015 hosted by the University of Colorado
    Registration deadline is Friday, June 19, 2015.
  • Kingston, RI
    August 11 & 12, 2015 hosted by the University of Rhode Island
    Registration deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015.

NaBITA BIT Best Practices Certification Course Dates


  • Springfield, MO
    September 9 & 10, 2015 hosted by Missouri State University
    Registration deadline is Friday, August 28, 2015.


NaBITA Case Management and Intervention Certification Course Dates


  • Boulder, CO
    July 1 & 2, 2015 hosted by the University of Colorado
    Registration deadline is Friday, June 19, 2015.
  • Kingston, RI
    August 13 & 14, 2015 hosted by the University of Rhode Island
    Registration deadline is Friday, July 31, 2015.


Hosting a NaBITA Training Event


If your campus is interested in learning more about hosting a NaBITA training event or need information on additional training opportunities from our organization, please email Alisha DiGiandomenico, Assistant Vice President for Client Relations, or call at (610) 644-3387.


Should your campus/school/organization look to host an on-campus, public training event, NaBITA is currently collecting Request for Proposals for campus host sites for the Summer and Fall months of the 2015 calendar year and the full 2016 calendar year.


For more information, click here.


A Window Into BIT

BIT Meeting Simulation and Training
Window Into Bit


A Window Into BIT is a video-based training tool to enhance campus BIT and student of concern team professional development. Watch national behavioral intervention team experts and campus practitioners model a BIT meeting as they role-play key team roles. The one-hour video comes with a detailed transcript, sample documentation from the meeting, and discussion questions for your team to use as a training tool to better understand how to develop and improve BIT meetings.


What does a Behavioral Intervention Team meeting actually look like? How do counseling, conduct and residential life talk together about cases? How is the NaBITA rubric used in a meeting? When should an assessment be required? At what point should the SIVRA-35 or other tools be utilized? How are action plans developed? In what order are cases discussed? How is documentation handled? How are conflicts between departments resolved?


Watch how team members communicate with each other and put the NaBITA threat assessment tool to use in rating over a dozen varied cases. Learn how to attend to parental notification, apply OCR guidance, the ADA and Title IX to cases. Watch how the experts model interactions designed to reduce silos while building connection between the varied departments in the simulation. Listen to the discussions around mandated assessment, how counseling works with conduct, and how the BIT chair keeps the team focused and on task.


To view the 10-minute sample preview and for more information about ordering A Window Into BIT for $299.99, please click here.


Maintain Certification with the Continuing Certification Credit (CCC) Program

Has your BIT been certified by 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. The NCHERM Group heard your requests to update and renew your certifications online, and is proud to offer an 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 about our program here.

Upcoming NCHERM Group Online TrainingsNCHERM Group Online Trainings

The NCHERM Group Online Trainings is an 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.

Upcoming Online Trainings


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


Looking for more topics? Click here for a list of upcoming webinars presented by The NCHERM Group experts, sponsored by Innovative Educators.

Resources Available for Purchase


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2015 J-BIT Call for Submissions is Open


The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association has launched 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.

A paperback copy of the 2014 Journal is available for purchase for $99.  Click here to order your copy online. Want a sneak peak at the 2014 journal?  Click here to view the table of contents, preface, and introductory paragraph of each article.

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


Links to Relevant Articles

Police Outline New Procedure for School Shooting Scenarios


Police Report Reveals Details in Reynolds HS Shooting


Teen Dating Violence All Too Common, Experts Say


Speaker Educates Students on How to Prepare for an Active Shooter

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


Eckerd College - Assistant Director of Outreach Services and Health Promotion

Membership Renewal Reminder

If your NaBITA membership expires in March, April or May, 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:

Amanda Tarczynski

116 E. King Street         
Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 484-321-3651
Fax: 610-993-0228