FEBRUARY 21, 2013

Welcome to the NaBITA Newsletter! In our new monthly newsletter, we’ll be spotlighting NaBITA resources, sharing a BIT Tip, and informing you of our upcoming events. In addition, NaBITA will bring you information pertinent to behavioral intervention teams, with article updates and announcements directing you to relevant content. I hope you will find our new newsletter to be a great resource. If you like the newsletter, I hope you’ll join NaBITA so that you can receive the weekly version.

Brett A. Sokolow, Esq., Executive Director



NaBITA is proud to share the 2012 Whitepaper, Case Management in Higher Education



Avoiding Groupthink in Your BIT Meetings

Groupthink is the psychological phenomenon that occurs when groups try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus without fully reviewing alternative explanations or viewpoints. Buller (2010) describes it this way: “Groupthink occurs when superficial concord and agreement are prized even more than candor” (p. 1). Behavioral Intervention Teams should avoid quickly coming to unanimous decisions without fully exploring all potential options just to get the meeting over quickly or avoid rehashing frequent arguments. It is unhealthy for a group to develop action plans without exploring all the different facets of a particular case. To learn more about Groupthink and how to avoid it, click here.



NaBITA Behavioral Intervention Team Best Practices Certification Course

April 9-11, 2013

Westin Park Central Hotel in Dallas, TX

2013 Annual NaBITA Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute (registration coming soon)

November 13th - 17th, 2013

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL



Threat Assessment and Risk Management Workshop

Hosted by ProActive ReSolutions

April 29-May 3, 2013 in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Violence Risk Assessment and Management Workshop

Hosted by ProActive ReSolutions

Foundational: May 20-24, 2013 / Advanced: May 27-31, 2013 in Toronto, ON, Canada



The Inquisitir: Colorado house passes new gun control laws Sources: Adam Lanza motivated by Norway massacre
CBS News: Violent video games And mass violence: A complex link

USA Today: Authorities' new advice to schools: Confront shooter

Patheos: The suicide rate has risen: What predicts suicide ideation?

Morris Daily Herald: Shooting plot foiled at Fla. high school after one accomplice broke silence University at Buffalo dorm evacuated due to carbon monoxide leak
The Kansas City Star: I witnessed the seeds of bullying and hatred Student stabbed on Md. college campus


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