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June 20, 2013



This week NaBITA is pleased to spotlight its Sample Mental Health Concerns Assessment Letter

This resource is one of the many sample documents available to NaBITA members. Not yet a member? Visit our website or contact for more information.



Mandated Assessment: Part Four

Informed Consent Document

by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

Remember the case of Jessica from Part III of this series? Jessica yells at other students in class and behaves erratically while alternating between hysteria, tearfulness, rage and despair. The next day, she continues by posting odd and hate-filled rants on Facebook along with a picture of a handgun. The behavior and Facebook content is reported to the campus BIT.

Part III outlined the importance of gathering information prior to meeting with Jessica to give the assessment in question a better context.

Another essential part of any assessment is the inclusion of a well-developed informed consent document. To learn more about the purpose of informed consent documents, click here.



BIT Training School at Drew University

NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, SIVRA-35, and CheckMate Certification Training

July 9-10, 2013 at Drew University in Madison, NJ

August 1-2, 2013 at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA

BIT Best Practices Certification Course

September 9-11,2013 at University of New Haven in West Haven, CT

5th Annual Conference

2013 Annual NaBITA Conference and Campus Threat Management Institute

November 13-17, 2013 at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL

Call for Programs



NaBITA is proud to announce that Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., President-Elect and Advisory Board Member, has joined the Editorial Board of the timely and important new peer-reviewed journal, Violence and Gender. The quarterly, open, in print and online journal will make its debut in late 2013 as the newest of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publisher’s many peer reviewed publications related to cutting edge topics and emerging areas of fundamental research.

Male-perpetrated violence such as the tragedies at the Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook School and Columbine are increasing in their number, nature and impacts. The motives, conditions and circumstances for such behaviors are poorly understood. The purpose of Violence and Gender is to provide comprehensive investigation of the gender basis, root causes and contributing factors of violent acts with the goals of identifying risk factors and early onset behaviors that are red flags for this type of violence. The goal of the Journal will be to better understand, predict and prevent acts of violence through the critical examination of biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, racial, ethnic and cultural factors as they relate to the gender of perpetrators of violence. Violence and Gender will be a “must-read” information source for all related disciplines impacted and interested in acts of violence.
Beginning with its premier issue, Violence and Gender will be available to library and institutional subscribers in 40 countries. Additionally, the content will be free online to 104 developing nations identified by the World Health Organization.



J-BITThe 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.

To learn more about J-BIT and how to submit your scholarship, click here.



Los Angeles Times: 'I hit the floor,' resident says of gunfire near Santa Monica College

The Chronicle of Higher Education: It's not what you say; it's what Google says

USA Today: Bomb threats rattle Princeton U., Georgia state Capitol

The Huffington Post: Santa Monica College students have seen bomb scare, suicide, threats & rampage this year



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