April 29, 2015
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NaBITA is pleased to spotlight a Sample Memorandum of Understanding Between an Institution's Counseling Center and a Community Mental Health Center and its accompanying cover letter, provided by NaBITA.
Tip of the Week
MOU! Not Just for Cows Anymore
Ok, forgive the bad pun. But what exactly is a MOU and why are they important? An MOU is a Memorandum of Understanding. This document is often crafted and used to improve communication between a university counseling center and some agency in the community. This could be an emergency department, community counseling office, private psychologist or therapist, substance abuse facility or sexual assault treatment agency.
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
Amanda Tarczynski, email@example.com 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 is pleased to announce Dr. Jonathan Doll as a member of this year's Campus Threat Management Institute faculty. Dr. Doll has extensively researched the topic of school shootings and prevention. Dr. Doll is also a Strategic Data Project Fellow, a program of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. His research includes a dissertation on school dropout, articles on early warning signs, and the in-press book, Ending School Shootings.
Over the past 20 years, his work experience includes secondary journalism and math teaching, university teaching, state-level work, and international higher education and administration work. Dr. Doll has a column at the Huffington Post on school violence prevention, and his scholarship can be found online at http://www.endingschoolshootings.org/articles.html.
NaBITA is also proud to announce Nicola Wilson as a member of Institute Faculty. Nicola has been in post as Senior European Health Specialist for the North of England EU Health partnership since June 2012. A mental health professional by background, Nicola is dual qualified in Person-Centered Therapy and CBT holding post-graduate qualifications in advanced and widened applications of CBT and Education; Nicola has worked mainly within demanding clinical roles in University settings, providing clinical leadership of counseling and wellbeing services over a number of years prior to her European role. Alongside her clinical leadership skills, Nicola’s skills, knowledge and experience pool includes: mental health risk assessment and management; medications commonly prescribed for mental health conditions; delivering tailored therapeutic and psychosocial interventions; training of health professionals; service design and building teams. Although her most recent European role works across all taxonomies of health, Nicola still maintains her passion for the mental health agenda, and has successfully built pan-European networks of student wellbeing.
NaBITA will host two half-day pre-conference sessions on Tuesday, November 17th. Pre-con sessions are not included as part of your conference or Institute registration and require an additional payment. Conference or Institute registration is required in order to attend a pre-con session.
Pre-con 1: Assessing Threat on Social Media
Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; 2015 NaBITA President
This pre-conference workshop will offer clinicians, administrators, law enforcement, student conduct officers and those familiar with threat assessment principles an advanced topic review on how best to identify and assess social media threats in a higher education setting. The presenter will focus on social media posts that occur on popular platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Yik Yak and offer guidance on how to identify, gather data, assign a risk rating and intervene.
The workshop will draw from real life cases of threat drawn from social media posts on college campuses. Central to the discussion will be sorting out the difference among true threats, angry or disenfranchised writing, impulsive utterances, assignment specific response, predatory writing, fantasy rehearsal and ‘howling’ threats with little evidence of lethality. Simply stated: How does someone conducting a threat assessment sort out who is frustrated and upset versus who is planning a violent attack?
Pre-con 2: The Dirty Dozen (DD-12): Identifying Twelve Risk Factors for Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence
Presented by Dr. Amy Murphy, Dean of Students and Managing Director for the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University, NaBITA Advisory Board member; and Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; 2015 NaBITA President
We spend a good deal of time responding to and developing educational programming to prevent sexual violence on campus, but what do we really know about the underlying risk factors that contribute to these problems on campus? Join the presenters as they share their research related to the 12 risk factors that contribute to sexual violence on campus.
Campus Behavioral Intervention Teams have a clear responsibility to recognize these risk factors to better prevent sexual violence on campus. The identifying risk factors will provide participants with a better understanding of the contributing influences to sexual violence through case examples, news stories and interactive conversations. Understanding these risk factors will provide administrators, conduct officers, law enforcement, prevention advocates and counselors insight into preventative education and better informed policy and procedures to reduce sexual assault in the college and university setting.
Concurrent Session Call For Programs
Please download and review the Call for Programs.
Call for Programs submission deadline is July 17, 2015.
For more information, please read the 2015 NaBITA Annual Conference Concurrent Session FAQs.
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 BIT Best Practices Certification Course + SIVRA-35 Training
- Menifee, CA
July 21, 22 & 23, 2015 hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College
Registration deadline is Friday, July 10, 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
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.
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.
Fall 2013, Spring, Summer and Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Online Training Recordings Available for Purchase here
- October 16, 2013: 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
- November 20, 2013: Forensic Threat Assessment: Hire a Specialist or Train Existing Staff?
- January 7, 2014: Post-vention and Suicide Response
- February 11, 2014: The Role of Mental Health Professionals on the BIT
- February 13, 2014: Air Traffic Control for Helicopter Parents
- March 19, 2014: Fighting Mid-Semester Burnout and Stress
- March 25, 2014: Ten Practical Ways to Reduce Liability for Suicidal Students on Campus
- March 26, 2014: Addressing Two Dilemmas in Counseling: Mandated Treatment and Clery Reporting
- April 8, 2014: Title IX and BITs
- April 22, 2014: Counseling and Conduct: Working Together
- May 8, 2014: Should I Write this Down? BIT Documentation Do's and Don'ts
- June 11, 2014: International Student Arrival: Preparing Your Campus's Faculty and Staff
- June 12, 2014: Update on Title IX and Compliance
- June 26, 2014: Separating Dangerousness from Anger: Assessing True Threat
- July 11, 2014: Issues of Gender Violence in LGBT Communities
- July 15, 2014: Responding to a Student Death
- July 16, 2014: Managing Faculty and Staff Expectations Following a BIT Intervention
- September 8, 2014: Update on the NaBITA Tool: What's New?
- October 6, 2014: BIT and Case Management Notes:101
- October 21, 2014: Best Practices in Program Evaluation
- October 23, 2014: Navigating the Intersection of FERPA & Title IX
- October 29, 2014: Addressing Risk Management for Study Abroad Programs
- November 4, 2014: How To Manage, Supervise & Energize Difficult Staff: A Proactive Approach
- December 2, 2014: When Social Media & Title IX Collide: What Colleges Need To Know About Gossip Sites, Free Speech & Proactive Policies
- December 18, 2014: Federal Changes in Policy Concerning Suicidal & Dangerous Students: A Review of Three Legal Cases
- February 17, 2015: How to Advertise your BIT
- April 15, 2015: Addressing Microaggression and Cultural Issues on the BIT
Looking for more topics? Click here for a list of upcoming Webinar Collaborations presented by The NCHERM Group experts, sponsored by Innovative Educators.
Resources Available for Purchase
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. All published articles undergo an extensive review by top BIT scholars and practitioners on the editorial board.
Journal articles call into one of the four categories:
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.
Links to Relevant Articles
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 http://nabita.org/resources/job-board/. Please email any position announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Join or renew your NaBITA Membership now! Between now and May 15th, any campus that renews its NaBITA membership or joins for the first time will receive a complimentary electronic copy of Making the Call: Parental Notification of Suicidal Students, a panel paper with insights from: Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., and Perry C. Francis, Ed.D.
For more information on NaBITA, visit www.nabita.org or contact:
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