PreK-12 BIT Basics Certification Course

Upcoming PreK-12 BIT Basics Certification Courses

This two-day course is designed for PreK-12 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 school 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 in the PreK-12 arena the key skills needed to develop their team efficiently and with an eye towards effectiveness.

For more information about hosting a training event, please email events@nabita.org.

NaBITA is now accepting proposals for 2019! Please download the 2019 Request for Proposal and Response Document for more detailed information and submission instructions.

DAY ONE

CARE Team Foundations – Early AM (typically 8:30-10am)

  • What is BIT and Threat Assessment
  • Review three phases of BIT (data gathering, analysis, intervention)
  • Marketing and advertising the team
  • Who should be on the team? Team membership, formation, membership and mission
  • Discussion of team scope (current students, parents, peers, staff/faculty)
  • Limits of information sharing under state confidentiality law
  • Meeting length and content
  • How to create a yearly training schedule
  • The importance of using the conduct process to address behavior

Review of Tools – Early AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • The use of a research-based risk rubric to guide interventions and reduce legal risk
  • Threat assessment vs. psychological assessment
  • New online versions of NaBITA threat assessment tool and VRAW2
  • Detailed review of the NaBITA threat assessment Tool with case examples
  • Discussion of where to use the VRAW2, ERIS and SIVRA-35

Practical Application – Early PM (typically 1:00-2:30)

  • Five case examples to demonstrate team process and use of tools
  • Suicide, Aspergers/ASD, Written Threats/social media, Aggressive behaviors, Extreme mental health behaviors (psychosis/bi-polar)

Option 1: Bias awareness and Microaggression – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  • Discussion of how bias impacts team communication, assessment and training
  • Review of common forms of bias and how to mitigate
  • Discussion of microaggressions and how to educate the community

Option 2: Three Prong Approach – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  1. Prong 1: Classroom community building, resiliency and grit
  2. Prong 2: Crisis De-Escalation: Review of disruptive and dangerous behaviors, knowing thyself and keeping calm, cool and collected, building a Rapport and Bridge of connection, Motivational Interviewing techniques, Prochaska, Norcross and Diclemente Transtheoretical Change Theory, Covey and 7 Habits, Glasser and Reality Therapy, Ellis and REBT
  3. Prong 3: Importance of team referrals after acute crisis management Day 2

DAY TWO

CARE Team Next Steps – Early AM (typically 8:30-10am)

  • Review of team formation, mission and process
  • Review of three phase process (data gathering, risk rubric, intervention)
  • Detailed discussion of team advertising
  • Assessment of team, development of end of the year report
  • Addressing team bias and blind spots; parental and community involvement

Option 2.1: Violence Risk Assessment of Written Word (VRAW2) – Late AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • Five factors to assessment written threats, concerning creative fiction and emails
  • Case review and application of scoring for VRAW2

Option 2.2: Extremist Intervention Risk Scale (ERIS) –  Late AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • Discussion of terrorism, radicalization and extremism as it relates to threat
  • Review of protective, risk and mobilization factors; scoring approach to ERIS

Option 2.3: Introduction to the SIVRA-35 –  Late AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • Review 35 risk factors for targeted violence
  • Discussion of how to score the SIVRA-35

Option 3.1 SIVRA-35 Video Demonstration – Early PM (typically 1:00-2:30)

  • SIVRA-35 video demonstration (Stacie and Dustin)
  • Application of scoring

Option 3.2: Social Media and Threat Assessment – Early PM (typically 1:00-2:30)

  • Developing a “goldilocks” approach to social media threats
  • Building capacity to search for keywords and monitoring
  • Detailed case examples of social media threat

Option 4.1: Case management and Intervention Essentials – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  • Review of case management as a position and philosophy
  • Building rapport, staying solution focused and goal directed
  • Essential qualities counseling techniques
  • Case examples to include academic challenges, suicide and threat

Option 4.2: Team Documentation – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  • Addressing the importance of documentation
  • Developing consistency through a scribe or training
  • Qualities of a good note and bad note
  • Developing a quality assurance program

Interested in hosting? Please download the 2019 Request for Proposal and Response Document for more detailed information and submission instructions.