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Brief BITs: Tabletop Trainings for the Behavioral Intervention Team

Author
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA

Institutions of higher education seeking to create global citizens who are willing to help one another must be willing to support their own students when they’re in distress. Moral imperative aside, helping students is about more than doing the right thing for individuals in crisis. How institutions respond can make the difference in whether students are able to rebound and remain on track academically, or whether they fail out or withdraw from school. Sometimes, intervening to assist students in distress is not just about that individual, but about ensuring the safety of others on campus as well, something that institutions have a legal responsibility to do.

Behavioral Intervention Teams (BITs) are institutions’ best hope for identifying problems before students reach their breaking point, and implementing effective strategies to assist students in problem areas to ensure their success, as well as their safety and that of others. The most effective BITs are those that invest in the continued training of their members. The 25 case studies included in this book outline some of the more common mental health emergencies and behavioral problems that students tend to exhibit on college and university campuses.

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CARE Team Manual

Editorial Contributors
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA
Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D., Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Columbus State University; Associate Executive Director, NaBITA, Affiliated Consultant, The NCHERM Group
Amy Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Angelo State University; Affiliated Consultant, The NCHERM Group, LLC
Laura Ulmer, Ph.D., Director of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity, Old Dominion University
David J. Denino, LPC, NCC, Director Emeritus of Counseling, Southern Connecticut State University; Affiliated Consultant, The NCHERM Group, LLC
Carolyn Reinach Wolf, J.D., Executive Partner, Director, Mental Health Law Practice at Abrams Fensterman; Affiliated Consultant, The NCHERM Group
Josh E. Gunn, Ph.D., Director, Counseling & Psychological Services, Kennesaw State University
Dave Wilson, Psychological Wellbeing Manager, University of Cumbria

This template can be used by BITs as a starting place from which to cut and paste some material into their own manuals. Starting from a blank page, a manual was developed for a hypothetical college just starting its BIT. Because of the diversity of campus environments, there will likely be pieces of this template that you will find very useful, as well as sections that may not apply to your school. We offer this resource in an editable format that will allow you to easily move around the text and create a customized document for your own team.

Editable document price: $279
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The 2014 NaBITA Book on BIT

Authors
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA
Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., President and CEO, The NCHERM Group, LLC
W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC
Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC
Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Managing Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC

This updated version of the Book on BIT contains two main additions in the field of behavioral intervention.  The first is a reaction to the OCR standards regarding medical withdrawals.  Following the 2011 removal of “harm to self” from the guidelines, colleges and universities have been forced to be more creative in managing suicidal students on campus. The second update deepens and clarifies research and writings offered in the first version of the Book on BIT.  Building on the seminal work of Scott Lewis and Brett Sokolow on the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool and the NCHERM Risk Rubric and their numerous writings in the field of threat assessment and behavioral intervention, this updated edition includes new research in the field of threat assessment, a more defined and empirically supported risk rubric as well as policy updates and new writings.

Paperback price: $99.00
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A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education

Author
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA
Poppy Fitch, M.A., Director of Student Access and Wellness, Ashford University

A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education shares an innovative approach to supervision, leadership, and management in the higher education workplace. Drawing from humanism and positive psychology, Fitch and Van Brunt weave together a compelling narrative for managing employees across generational differences. This book shares key leadership lessons and advice on how to inspire creativity, increase efficiency, and tap into the talents of your diverse, multi-generational staff. This guide offers practical and detailed advice on establishing new relationships, setting expectations, encouraging accountability, addressing conflict, and supervising difficult staff. Focusing on how to build and strengthen connections through genuineness and empathic caring, this book provides important guidance for today’s college and university leaders.

Available for purchase on Amazon.com or Routledge.

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Best BITs: Topics in Campus Behavioral Intervention & Violence Prevention

Author
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA

Today’s campus Behavioral Intervention Teams have a critical, but often difficult, duty to fulfill. College and university leaders, members of their campus communities, and the general public increasingly recognize the importance of early identification and intervention when it comes to addressing behavior of concern on campus to prevent an escalation towards violence. BITs are constantly challenged to more effectively encourage reporting of such behavior, objectively assess threat and violence risk, and implement measures to ensure the safety of their campus populations while also providing support to and balancing the rights of students in crisis. NaBITA has long published best practices, tips, and expert insights for its members. Best BITs: Topics in Campus Behavioral Intervention & Violence Prevention, is a compilation of that content, updated and organized by topical areas so that campus practitioners who serve on a BIT can access the information they need, when they need it.

Covering everything from BIT composition and functions to working with special populations, this is the perfect companion to The Book on BIT (2014) and The Assessment of Behavioral Intervention Teams: Core-Q10 (2015).

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Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness

Author
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA

Harm to Others offers students and clinicians an effective way to increase their knowledge of and training in violence risk and threat assessment, and it also provides a comprehensive examination of current treatment approaches. Although the text includes many examples from K–12 and college/university settings, which are particularly relevant for mental health professionals in school settings, the underlying concepts and suggestions are useful for counselors, psychologists, and social workers who face these issues in their daily practice.

In an easy-to-understand, jargon-free manner, Dr. Van Brunt shares his observations, extensive clinical expertise, and the latest research on what clinicians should be aware of when performing risk and threat assessments. In addition, he offers numerous examples from recent mass shootings and rampage violence to help explain the motivations and risk factors of those who make threats. Two detailed case examples are presented to illustrate key concepts related to assessing dangerousness.Treatment options are then described, using a variety of diverse case studies to demonstrate concrete approaches for clients who have been identified as at risk for violence following a threat assessment.

Praise for Harm to Others

“This wonderful book is a multidisciplinary and much-needed guide for all of us working in the field of risk assessment for violence. Dr. Van Brunt blends his extensive academic and clinical skills to offer invaluable principles, concepts, and approaches.    

I have worked in this field for many years and have amassed a lot of experience, and I will have this book on my desk so I can refer to it every time I get that gut-wrenching call that begins, ‘I am worried that this person could act out violently. What should I do?’” (This opinion is not the opinion of the FBI. It is solely the opinion of Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole.)

Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD
Author, Speaker, Senior FBI Profiler (ret.), Forensic Behavior Consultant

“Brian Van Brunt has written a remarkable book. He not only provides comprehensive guidelines for evaluating dangerousness, but unlike many authors on this topic, he goes beyond evaluation to explore numerous treatment approaches for helping people at risk for violence to live safe, productive lives. This book is a unique contribution to the field of violence prevention.”

Peter Langman, PhD
Author of Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters and School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators

American Counseling Association (ACA) members click here to purchase at a discounted price of $37.95.
Available for purchase on Amazon.

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The Prevention and Management of Mental Health Emergencies

Authors
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA
David Denino, LPC, NCC, Director Emeritus of Counseling Services, Southern Connecticut State University
M.J. Raleigh, Ph.D., NCC, LCPC, LCMHC, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Michelle N. Issadore, M.Ed., Former Executive Director, School and College Organization for Prevention Educators, Associate Vice President for Operations and Public Information, The NCHERM Group, LLC

It is difficult for student affairs professionals to effectively address the myriad of mental health crisis events with which they come in contact on a daily basis. These challenges include: depression, sexual assault, anger and aggression, alcohol and prescription pill addiction, eating disorders, passive aggression, anxiety and panic, trauma recovery, unusual social behavior, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and those recovering from grief or loss.

This book offers fifteen engaging and accessible case studies that offer practical guidance for residence life staff, conduct officers, campus law enforcement, faculty and administrators to better manage mental health crisis events on campus. Each case study contains thought provoking-discussions, questions, advice on “what to do” and “what not to do,” as well as additional resources, and insightful summaries on how to address the problem from the counseling perspective. Unlike other technical manuals that discusses mental health emergencies, this book offers advice and guidance in a clear, easy to understand language and is specifically tailored for student affairs professionals.

Paperback price: $34.95
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A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior

Authors
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA
W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, The NCHERM Group, LLC

College and university faculty are asked to serve an increasingly diverse and at-risk population of students. The classroom is now the scene of disruptive and dangerous behaviors that range from speaking out of turn to the misuse of technology to potentially aggressive and threatening behaviors. A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior provides the practical ideas and guidance necessary to manage and mitigate these behaviors, from two respected professionals who’ve developed and implemented the field’s best practices. Grounded in research and theory that addresses the interplay of mental health, substance abuse and aggression that may enter the college classroom, this accessible book serves as a necessary guide for busy faculty members facing challenging situations in their classrooms.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

A Staff Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior

Authors
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA
Amy Murphy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Angelo State University; Affiliated Consultant, The NCHERM Group, LLC

There is an increasing population of students coming to college who challenge and frustrate staff. Students struggle with complex mental health problems, environmental stress, anger difficulties, and the potential for explosively acting out with threats or violence. This practical guide provides college and university staff with direction when working with these students in a variety of college environments, including community colleges, four-year institutions, and online learning environments. Coverage includes how to identify and assess students who are at risk, calm and de-escalate a crisis, motivate and inspire change, and how to manage and maintain change in a positive direction over time. Grounded in theory and research, this book offers practical and tangible advice and guidance to make it easier to assist students in need.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

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Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches to Prevention

Author
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA

With the growth of threats and violence in higher education settings, college campuses are increasingly expected to have systems in place to identify potentially aggressive individuals and intervene to ensure the safety of the campus population. This book will be useful for student affairs professionals as well as college counselors, psychologists, and social workers interested in the practical management of aggression and violence on a college campus. It will also be a valuable resource for those involved in creating and running behavioral intervention teams and threat/risk assessment teams. Ten case studies from both the community and residential college settings provide a comprehensive overview of campus violence and how to intervene to prevent it. Pertinent background information is discussed as an introduction to these narratives, such as the fundamentals of aggression and violence on campuses; how these behaviors can impact students, faculty, and staff; and what can be learned from past campus violence. Along with discussion questions and a review of ways to approach each situation, experts in higher education, forensic risk assessment, law enforcement, and legal issues weigh in on each case study. Their perspectives offer a context and broad base of opinions and ideas on how each case could be handled. Additional examples for further training of the college counselor are given through a detailed look at almost 100 incidents of violence, including thwarted attacks, rampage shootings, and hostage situations.

Available for purchase on Amazon.

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The NaBITA Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention

The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association publishes an annual, 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.

The 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 journals are available as a PDF to members on the members-only materials page.

2017 J-BIT
Non-members can purchase PDF for $49.00 here.
This book will be available in paperback through Amazon soon.

2016 J-BIT
Paperback price: $99.00 on Amazon
Non-members can purchase PDF for $49.00 here.

2015 J-BIT
Paperback price: $99.00 on Amazon
Non-members can purchase PDF for $49.00 here.

2014 J-BIT
Non-members can purchase PDF for $49.00 here.

2013 J-BIT
Non-members can purchase PDF for $49.00 here.

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The Assessment of a Behavioral Intervention Team: CORE-Q10

Editor
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA

Recognizing the value of identifying risk early and intervening to prevent harm to members of the campus community, most colleges and universities in the United States today have teams in place tasked with doing just that. But simply forming a Behavioral Intervention Team is not enough. To be effective, teams must be willing to look within themselves to determine whether their membership structure makes sense, and that their mission and purpose statements truly capture their scope and method of operation so that members of their campus communities know when to refer concerning behavior to them. And they must be willing to engage in strategic introspection to learn where improvement is needed and demonstrate the effectiveness of their efforts. This book identifies 10 core evaluation areas for BITs, gleaned from years of consulting with such teams at hundreds of institutions across the country, providing campus teams a roadmap for self-improvement and a way to demonstrate their value to better advocate for needed resources.

Paperback price: $99.00
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Peter’s Sword

Author
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Senior Executive Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC; Executive Director, NaBITA

Set on the north shore of Boston in the late 1990s, the collection of nonfiction stories found in Peter’s Sword chronicles the author’s experiences assessing and committing those lost in the dark crack between sanity and insanity. Peter’s Sword is a unique, reflective, and often humorous exploration of the power, authority, and suffering encountered when experts and the system attempt to control the chaos that occurs when mental illness and ordered society collide. Written from the perspective of a newly hired expert charged with policing the line between commitment and freedom, Van Brunt invites readers to follow him as he wrestles with the ambiguity of mental illness. Exploring questions of morality and what is involved when helping a human being who is lost, each story takes readers deeper down the rabbit hole of what is considered normal and what is considered mentally ill. From suicide to schizophrenia, the author guides readers through the often disturbing and complex challenges encountered when assessing risk and determining whether patients need to be involuntarily committed. Peter’s Sword is a rare glimpse into the emotionally complicated and challenging world of emergency psychiatric assessment.

Paperback price: $20.00
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