NaBITA Newsletter
January 13, 2016


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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.


Come Visit Us!


The NCHERM Group will be exhibiting at the 2016 NASPA Strategies: Violence Prevention Conference & Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Mental Health Conferences on behalf of NaBITA. Please stop by the exhibit hall to say hello and pick up valuable resources for behavioral intervention teams. The NASPA Strategies Conferences will be held January 21-23 in Orlando, FL.


Resource Spotlight

NaBITA is pleased to spotlight A Journey Toward Health & Hope, published by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to help people who have attempted suicide take their first steps toward healing and recovery.


Tip of the Week

What's a Referral?

by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.


My friend Dave and I just had some delicious pie at a diner outside of New York City. He had coconut custard. I had cherry. My choice was motivated by 80's Warrant tune of the same name. I'm not sure what motivated Dave's choice. We found this diner when a friend suggested it to us. A referral, if you will.


A referral is a process between two people where one suggests a place or thing the other might be interested in. Merriam‑Webster offers this synopsis: "the act of sending someone to another person or place for treatment, help, advice, pie." (I added the last part.)


To read the complete Tip, click here.


Save the Date!


Announcing the 8th Annual NaBITA Conference

and the 7th Annual Campus Threat Management Institute

November 13-17, 2016
Hyatt Regency San Antonio in San Antonio, TX



More information coming soon!


For questions, please contact:

Amanda Tarczynski, or (484) 321-3651


2016 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:

  • Threat Assessment

  • Case Study

  • Research

  • Innovative Practice


Click here for more information about J-BIT and a look at our 2016 Call for Submissions. Submission deadline is June 15, 2016.


A paperback copy of the 2015 Journal is available for purchase for $99.  Click here to order your copy online. Want a sneak peak at the 2015 journal?  Click here to view the table of contents, preface, and introductory paragraph of each article.


The 2016 Journal will be released in November.


Announcing Violence Risk Assessment Tabletop Scenarios


The NCHERM Group's Online Trainings now offers easy-to-use video training tools to help Behavioral Intervention Team members and staff involved in conducting violence risk assessments hone their skills. Each video set presents an individual who has been referred to the BIT engaged in a conversation with the BIT chair and a violence risk assessment with a campus mental health assessor.


Myra & Craig: A Case Study in Student Violence Risk Assessment

Meet Myra, a student experiencing personal and academic difficulties because of a failed relationship. Myra has stopped going to all but one class, refuses to accept that her romantic relationship with classmate Craig has ended, struggles with ambiguity in her life, and idealizes Romeo & Juliet’s tragic ending as a positive outcome for herself. After meeting with the BIT chair, who becomes increasingly concerned, she is escorted to a mental health assessor’s office for a violence risk assessment.


Prof. Jon & His Students: A Case Study in Faculty Violence Risk Assessment

Meet Jon, a faculty member who teaches military history. Jon has missed a couple of his classes, harbors some hostility for his students, and has raised some red flags among his peers for his pro-gun views. He feels his department head and HR director are out to get him, is frustrated over his inability to get published, and has a defeatist attitude. He meets first with the BIT chair and second with a campus mental health professional tasked with conducting a violence risk assessment for the BIT.


Purchase each video set and accompanying materials for $249.


For more information click here. For questions, please contact Amanda Tarczynski, Senior Program Coordinator, by email at or phone at (610) 993-0229, ext. 1005.


Conduct Training Videos from NaBITA and The NCHERM Group

A Series of Easy-to-Use Video Training and Skill-Building Tools


The NCHERM Group's Online Trainings now offers a series of easy-to-use video training tools to help Behavioral Intervention Team members and conduct officials hone their skills. Each video offers a brief vignette lasting just a few minutes, in which a student and administrator talk about an incident. Supplemental materials include a transcript of the video, a leaders' guide, and set of questions and answers for use in training and discussion applications, plus a set of key takeaways from each case. Buy only the videos you want for $119 each, or get them all for $419. Learn more about the videos in our series and how to purchase for your campus here.



Upcoming NaBITA Training Events


BIT Foundations Certification Course

  • March 1 & 2, 2016

    Columbus, GA

    Hosted by Columbus State University

    Registration deadline is Thursday, February 25, 2016 .


  • May 17 & 18, 2016
    Manchester, NH
    Hosted by Southern New Hampshire University
    Registration deadline is Friday, May 6, 2016.

BIT Best Practices Certification Course


  • June 7 & 8, 2016
    Mahwah, NJ

    Hosted by Ramapo College of New Jersey

    Registration deadline is Friday, June 3, 2016.


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 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 pleased 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.

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 Sponsored by NaBITA


Recent Online Training Recordings Available for Purchase here

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


















Links to Relevant Articles

Colo. Student Who Planned School Shooting to be Charged as Adult


Building Where 9 Died in Oregon Mass Shooting to Be Rebuilt


Identity as Strength among LGBTQ Youth


Upcoming Webinar: Understanding Adolescent Suicide Attempts: A Research Collaboration among the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Simmons School of Social Work, and Boston Children’s Hospital

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


Assistant Director of Outreach Services and Health Promotion – Eckerd College

Membership Renewal Reminder

If your NaBITA membership expires in December, January or February, 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:

Amanda Tarczynski

1109 Lancaster Avenue  *new*
Berwyn, PA 19312
Phone: 484-321-3651
Fax: 610-993-0228