2018 Regional Conference

Hosted by Ventura College
Ventura, CA

April 12 & 13, 2018

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Join NaBITA and several of its senior faculty as we bring together some of the best parts of the 2017 conference from San Antonio, TX. In response to the California ban on using state funds to travel to Texas, NaBITA leadership looked for ways to create an opportunity for those who were unable to attend our yearly conference. After carefully reviewing the conference schedule, we crafted a two-day event in Ventura, California that provides our supporters a chance to gather, refresh, and learn together.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Registration Opens:  November 1, 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes: February 9, 2018
Regular Registration Closes: April 2, 2018

REGISTRATION

  • Conference Early Bird Registration (Register by Friday, February 9, 2018)
    • $499 per person for Non-members
    • $449 per person for Individual/Case Manager NaBITA Members
    • $429 per person for Standard/Enhanced NaBITA Members
  • Conference Regular Registration (After Friday, February 9, 2018)
    • $569 per person for Non-members
    • $519 per person for Individual/Case Manager NaBITA Members
    • $499 per person for Standard/Enhanced NaBITA Members

To register via cheque, please complete and submit registration form.
To register via credit card, please visit our online store.

All registrations for 2018 trainings include access to regularly updated electronic training materials, including the full deck of training slides.

Access to materials is delivered via email to each attendee 5 days prior to the training.

TRIAL MEMBERSHIPS

All registrations for 2018 trainings include complimentary six-month Individual Trial Memberships for attendees who have no previous membership history with NaBITA. Active trial members have access to the full benefits of the corresponding membership level. NaBITA’s policies provide additional guidance regarding complimentary trial memberships.

FACULTY

  • Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., NaBITA Executive Director; Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC
  • David J. Denino, LPC, NCC, President of NaBITA; Director Emeritus, Counseling Services and Adjunct Professor/Clinical Mental Health at Southern CT State University
  • Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Columbus State University, NaBITA Past-President
  • Amy Murphy, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Angelo State University
  • Jamie Molnar, LMHC, SOCAT Case Manager, Chair, Students of Concern Assistance Team, University of South Florida Saint Petersburg
  • Joseph Allen, Ed.D., Director, Student Success, National University
  • David Bransky, Assistant Dean of Library, Learning Resources, & Communications, Ventura College
  • Makenzie Schiemann, Director, Student Outreach and Support; Director, Center for Victim Advocacy; Chair, Students of Concern Assistance Team, University of South Florida – Tampa

SCHEDULE

Time

Both days of training will run 9:00AM-5:00PM. Registration will begin at 8:30AM.

The below schedule is subject to change. The 2018 NaBITA Regional Conference website will be updated with any changes to reflect current session and conference schedules.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

  • 8:30AM-9:00AM: Registration & Continental breakfast
  • 9:00AM-10:30AM: BIT Overview and Discussion of the Tools
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM: Break
  • 11:00AM-12:15PM: Choice of 3 Concurrent Sessions
  • 12:15PM-1:30PM: Lunch Break
  • 1:30PM-3:00PM: Window Into BIT 2.0
  • 3:00PM-3:30PM: Break
  • 3:30PM-5:00PM: Panel Discussion

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 8:30AM-9:00AM: Continental breakfast
  • 9:00AM-10:30AM: SIVRA Part I or Case Management Part I
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM: Break
  • 11:00AM-12:15PM: SIVRA Part II or Case Management Part II
  • 12:15PM-1:30PM: Lunch Break
  • 1:30PM-3:00PM: Choice of 2 Concurrent Sessions or PASS Part I
  • 3:ooPM-3:30PM: Break
  • 3:30PM-5:00PM: VRAWor PASS Part II

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Day One – Thursday, April 12

BIT Overview and Discussion of the Tools (General Threat, VRAW2, SIVRA-35, R3)

This session will offer an overview of the four threat assessment tools offered by NaBITA. The VRAW2 is used to assess written threat, the SIVRA-35 offers 35 risk factors to assess harm to others, and the R3 is a new tool that helps a team identify individuals who feel violence is justified, based on their political, social justice, or religious ideologies.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Behavioral Intervention for Online Learning
    Presented by Amy Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Angelo State University and Joseph Allen, Ed.D., Director, Student Services, National University

In today’s educational systems, learning and interaction occur not just in face-to-face settings, but also online and in an array of distance learning platforms. This creates a challenge for BITs to identify online behaviors of concern and provide timely and effective interventions. Dr. Joseph Allen and Dr. Amy Murphy will share their experience as online faculty, student affairs administrators, and NaBITA Advisory Board Members to help participants consider how BITs can engage with online faculty and students. We will discuss current technology and ways to stop, prevent the reoccurrence of, and to mitigate the impact these behaviors have on your community. This session will explore unique characteristics of online learners and online learning environments and how the primary activities of the BIT can be modified when distance and technology are contributing factors.

  • Review of Recent Acts of Violence
    Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA; Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC

This session will review recent acts of violence will include high profile attacks to provide BIT professionals essential insight and “lessons learned” to move forward with their own prevention and intervention efforts.

  • Zen and the Art of De-escalation
    Presented by David Bransky, Assistant Dean of Library, Learning Resources, & Communications Evening Administrator Ventura College

This presentation is based on the premise that the calmer we are during escalating situations, the better prepared we are to see clearly and perform more effectively.  Through interactive exercises and reflection, participants will identify new perspectives and practices as part of their personal tool kit for building and maintaining inner calm and emotional neutrality.  There will also be a section on individual self-care methods and strategies for bouncing back.

A Window into BIT 2.0

What does a Behavioral Intervention Team meeting look like? How do counseling, conduct and residential life talk together about cases? What does the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool look like in action?  When should an assessment be required? At what point should other assessment tools be utilized? How are action plans developed? In what order are cases discussed? How is documentation handled? How are conflicts between departments resolved? How can a BIT successfully function on a tight budget?

At the 2014 NaBITA Conference, members of NaBITA’s Advisory Board addressed these questions and more via a live demonstration of how a hypothetical BIT might function at a four-year, residential institution. This session was recorded, and over the last three years, thousands have watched and learned from NaBITA’s A Window into BIT video. In November, NaBITA offered a companion demonstration, with members of the Advisory Board playing the parts of conduct officers, department chairs, legal counsel, and other administrative staff at a two-year community college. However, this time around the team will have less resources to work with and we will demonstrate the importance of working with the community, addressing classroom disruption early and often, and how to manage an uncooperative BIT member. This session will screen the video and then provide opportunities for discussion.

Panel Discussion

Join the NaBITA faculty as they share their hard-won insights from developing teams at community colleges, online, and at four-year campuses, and discuss issues related to marketing, advertising, building a budget, team communication, FERPA and confidentiality law, the role of clinical staff on the BIT, record-keeping, and how to develop an effective team policy and procedure manual. This will be a robust session with many opportunities for questions and answers.

Day Two – Friday, April 13

Structured Interview Violence Risk Assessment (Part I and II) *
Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA; Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC

This training will provide participants with a detailed exploration of risk assessment by behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams. The Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) is a thirty-five-item inventory designed by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., that is used to assist Behavioral Intervention Team members and clinical staff in conducting a more thorough and research-based violence risk assessment. The SIVRA-35 is designed to assist with individuals identified as elevated, severe, or extreme risk by the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool or using similar methodologies. Participants will review the concepts of structured professional judgment, violence risk factors and review the items used in the SIVRA-35 to assess risk.

*Participants who attend both Part I and Part II of this session will receive a complimentary 1-year subscription to access SIVRA.

Case Management in Higher Education: An Overview of the Field and Exploration of How to Apply Specific Case Management Practices (Part I + II)
Presented by Jamie Molnar, LMHC, SOCAT Case Manager, Chair, Students of Concern Assistance Team, University of South Florida Saint Petersburg and Makenzie Schiemann, Director, Student Outreach and Support; Director, Center for Victim Advocacy; Chair, Students of Concern Assistance Team, University of South Florida – Tampa

Colleges and universities are increasingly being tasked with responding to and supporting high risk students that face mental health challenges, homelessness, food insecurities, and academic and personal issues. To support these students, institutions have begun utilizing a case management model to offer wrap around care and resources. This training provides an extensive overview of the evolution of case management in the higher education setting including the foundations of the field, existing models and frameworks, and examples of how to implement case management practices. Presenters will explore examples of specific institutional policies as well as provide two interactive roundtables to give participants an opportunity to apply the material to their own campus and to a sample case study.

Concurrent Sessions

  • The De-Escalation Decision Tree (D2T)
    Presented by Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Columbus State University, NaBITA Past-President

This course will offer members of Behavioral Intervention Teams a directed methodology for gathering data, applying a rubric/analyzing the data, and then intervening with an appropriate action. After years of chairing a BIT and working with other institution to develop their policies and processes, Dr. Reese designed the D2T in an effort to assist BITs in making effective, data driven decision in an organized and articulable manner. When administered properly, the D2T pulls all the pieces of a case together. This session will guide the participants in how to best utilize the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool, SIVRA-35, and the VRAW2, while also assimilating the myriad of resources and information offered by the institutional experts gathered around the BIT table.

  • Radicalization Risk Rubric R3: An Exploration of the Risk Factors, Protective Factors and Underlying Motivations Related to Terrorism and Radicalization of College Students
    Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA; Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC and Amy Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Angelo State University

Campus Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Teams (BIT/TAT) have become increasingly concerned with how to identify the potential for radicalization of their students toward extremist violence. There have been several recent cases where a radicalized, extremist individual carried out a terrorist attack on a college campus and increasing incidents of hardened and fixated political ideologies leading to harmful debate, aggressive exchanges and potential violence. This program explores how to assess the risk of a college student becoming radicalized and moving forward with violent actions to a person, place or system. The presenters explore risk factors for radicalization, underlying motivations and the protective factors that reduce the potential for violence.

PASS: Preventing Another Student Suicide (Part I and II) *
Presented by David J. Denino, LPC, NCC, President of NaBITA; Director Emeritus, Counseling Services and Adjunct Professor/Clinical Mental Health at Southern CT State University

Preventing Another Suicide (PASS) training is a 3-hour program that focuses on recognizing suicide warning signs, safety assessment and safety planning for students. As part of a comprehensive campus program to prevent suicide, PASS training can help those who have suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death on campus, and all staff should become knowledgeable about suicide. PASS training provides an overview of suicide prevention as well as a more in-depth review of depression and key protective factors and managing a suicidal person.

Why address these issues? Suicide IS preventable, and mental health issues can first appear in the college-age population. Also, the thoughts and behaviors of people that think about suicide have impact on our campus community.

*Please note that you will need to attend both Part I and Part II of this session

Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word (VRAW2)
Presented by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA; Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC

The Violence Risk Assessment of Written Word (VRAW2) – is used to assess emails, creative writing or non-fiction that contain direct threats or violent themes of concern. In this training participants will discuss how a team can deploy a set of questions to determine whether these threats are true threats or if they are simply howling behaviors or part of the student’s creative process. Learn the new rubric for VRAW2 and how to apply it in the context of the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool and the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35). Participants will receive a copy of the VRAW2 and instructions on how to use it to assess the likelihood of violence from written word communication.

LOGISTICS

Training Facility

4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura, CA 93003
Campus Map

Parking

Complimentary parking will be provided. Further details forthcoming from host site.

Travel

Airport

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Approximate distance from campus: 66 miles from campus
Ground transportation options: Car rental, Road Runner Shuttle

Bob Hope/Hollywood Burbank Airport
2627 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
Approximate distance from campus: 59 miles
Ground transportation options: Car rental, Road Runner Shuttle

Train

Burbank Train Station (at Bob Hope Airport)
201 N. Front St., Burbank CA 91502

to

Ventura Train Station
Harbor Boulevard and Figueroa Street, Ventura, CA 93001
Approximate distance from campus: 4.1 miles

Lodging

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
450 E Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
Approximate distance from campus: 4.2 miles

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ventura Harbor
1080 Navigator Dr, Ventura, CA 93001
Approximate distance from campus: 0.6 miles

Attractions

Enjoy your visit and discover Ventura!

Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Breaks

Ventura College will provide a light continental breakfast and afternoon snack break each day. Lunch each day will be on your own.

Attire

Attire is business casual with an emphasis on casual.  Room temperatures may vary; layers are encouraged.

Electrical Outlets

If wish to use a laptop to take notes, please have your computer fully charged and consider bringing a back-up battery, as there are not enough outlets in the room for individual use. Staff will not be available on-site to provide any electrical cords or technological assistance.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Special accommodation parking is available and training facility is wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter is available with advance notice and request. Hosts require advance notice of any dietary restrictions. Please contact NaBITA with any accommodation request(s). Be sure to specify which training you are attending in your correspondence.

POLICIES

NaBITA’s policies provide guidance on cancellations, substitutions, and credits.


*Although a registration deadline is outlined above, it is possible that the training may reach capacity before that date. If this happens, registration will closed earlier than scheduled. Please have registration confirmed before making travel and lodging accommodations.