BIT Foundations Certification Course

This two-day course is designed for schools that are in the early stages of behavioral intervention team development or that do not yet have a team. The focus on this training is two-fold.

  • First, participants will understand the common best practices for team formation and operations.
  • Second, they will be given the practical, hands-on tools to return to their campus and beginning the process of implementing a BIT.

While foundational in nature, this course offers much more than a basic overview of how a team functions. The material is designed to offer those forming a BIT the key skills needed to develop their team efficiently and with an eye towards effectiveness.

This course should be considered as a pre-cursor for the two-day BIT Best Practices Certification Course offered by NaBITA. The course will offer a concise and easy to understand overview of how BITs function in three distinct phases: gathering information, the analysis and application of a rubric based on collected information, and the intervention and follow-up plan.


8:30am to 10:30am – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

  • History of student of concern, emergency, and threat assessment teams
  • Behavioral Intervention Teams: 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations
  • Three Phases of a BIT: Gathering Information, Analysis, Intervention
  • Making an argument for a team on campus: Dos and Don’ts
  • Introduction to the NaBITA Tool, SIVRA-35, Threat and Violence Risk Assessment

10:30am to 10:45am – Break

10:45am to 12:15pm – Building Blocks of BIT

  • Team size, demographics and leadership
  • Building a mission statement
  • Examples
  • Group exercises
  • Addressing team conflict, encouraging discussion, avoiding groupthink

12:15pm to 1:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm to 2:45pm – Phase One: Gathering Information

  • What to teach the community to report
  • Mental Health, disruptive vs. dangerous behavior
  • Nurturing the referral source

2:45pm to 3:00pm – Break

3:00pm to 4:30pm – Phase Two: Analysis/Rubric

  • The importance of rating risk
  • Developing and using Structured Professional Judgment (SPJ)
  • Introduction to the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool
  • Introduction to the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment Tool (SIVRA-35)


8:30am to 10:30am – Phase Three: Intervention and Follow Up

  • Discussion of case management
  • Overview of intervention techniques from counseling theory
  • Overview of intervention and management techniques from motivational interviewing and change theory
  • Case examples
  • Seven common missteps regarding intervention

10:30am to 10:45am – Break

10:45am to 12:15pm – Threat assessment essentials

  • Defining core qualities of a threat assessment
  • Differentiating threat assessment from psychological assessment
  • Who is best qualified to conduct the assessment?
  • Referral requirements and reporting back
  • On-campus versus off-campus assessment (how to vet off-campus providers)
  • Overview of violence risk factors

12:15pm to 1:15pm – Lunch

1:15pm to 2:45pm – Documentation 101

  • Who should write the notes
  • Minutes versus case notes
  • What amount of detail is included
  • Addressing subjective and overly descriptive language
  • Understanding FERPA, HIPAA and state confidentiality laws

2:45pm to 3:00pm – Break

3:00pm to 4:30pm – What does a meeting look like?

  • Case discussion from Window Into BIT
  • Review of mental health cases involving suicide
  • Threats via social media
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Parental notification
  • Cultural and diversity issues