Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WHAT IS NaBITA?
A: NaBITA is the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association, a national multi-disciplinary membership organization dedicated to supporting the work of behavioral intervention at schools, on campuses and in workplaces. Specifically, the day-to-day functioning team members (the BIT “Inner Core”), as well as peripheral members of these teams will find NaBITA an excellent resource for support, networking and education. For more information, please view our mission statement, and a conceptual summary of what behavioral intervention is.
Q: WHO SHOULD JOIN NaBITA?
A: Any school, campus or employer who has formed, is forming or is considering forming a behavioral intervention team or similar support system will find a beneficial community with NaBITA.
Q: WHY SHOULD WE JOIN NaBITA?
A: There are many reasons to consider joining NaBITA:
- First, you’ll find a community of others who are facing the same questions, challenges, concerns and issues you are. From violence to mental health concerns, all schools, campuses and workplaces are seeing an increase in concerning and problematic behaviors. NaBITA is a place to share those concerns and learn how others are coping with and addressing them. You can pose questions to colleagues on the NaBITA listserv, or, you can pose your questions to our panel of experts, if your membership category entitles you to access that benefit.
- Second, NaBITA will keep you on the leading edge of developments in the field. Members can share effective models, research and approaches, helping to identify best practices.
- Third, if you need support materials or training resources for your team, we have them available to our members.
- Finally, if you are just forming a team or restructuring the team you have, you’ll find the BIT KIT to be one of the best resources available. Available to ENHANCED members, it includes everything you need to form a team. All the relevant policies, sample protocols, reporting documentation, training materials, tabletop exercises and more are posted on the NaBITA website and are available as part of the enhanced membership. NaBITA membership tells your community that you are engaged in professional development, constant improvement, and shared learning about your team, its function and its evolution.
Q: WHAT DISTINGUISHES NaBITA FROM OTHER MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATIONS WE MIGHT JOIN?
A: One distinction is that NaBITA is truly multi-disciplinary on a number of different levels. Typically, you would find an Association serving the corporate world, or higher education, or schools. It is unusual to find one Association that serves all three constituencies. NaBITA was intentionally created with this level of integration, as there is much that can be learned from one another about behavioral intervention best practices. Moreover, today’s school students are tomorrow’s college students, and the next day’s employees. Using NaBITA to share information on generations of students and employees, we can help to prepare for their needs and challenges before they arrive with our respective institutions. Another level that makes NaBITA’s multidisciplinary approach unique is that it is the only association that counts among its members psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors (including career, EAP, advising, LPCs, Social Workers) , student affairs professionals, principals, school administrators, health providers, academic administrators, K-12 faculty, higher education faculty, human resources professionals, corporate administrators, legal counsel, law enforcement, security, and other designated individuals). This cross-disciplinary support is truly unique to NaBITA.
Despite the integrated model, we recognize that while there is overlap, there are also important distinctions between behavioral intervention at the K-12 level, in colleges and universities, and in workplaces. A great example is the role of parents as partners in behavioral intervention efforts. At the K-12 level, parental involvement is a given. On college campuses, it is an option. In workplaces, it would be a rarity. Thus, NaBITA is structured to serve each of our three constituencies separately, but equally. There is one national conference, but sessions follow three tracks, according to what membership constituency you represent.
The Listserv allows for any of the different teams to learn from one another, utilizing the differences in BIT venue to learn about potential transferable practices. Finally, you’ll find webinars and seminars geared to each constituency, and you’ll find that the model policies, protocols and training materials are also specific to your type of membership. You also find that NaBITA is web and tech savvy, offering you additional member benefits though our blog, the NaBITA version of YouTube (called YouBIT), a live news feed, and weekly member polls (need to poll your colleagues, just suggest a question for our weekly poll).
Q: HOW DOES NaBITA MEMBERSHIP COMPARE TO THE COSTS OF OTHER ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS?
A: We’ve priced NaBITA membership around the median membership costs of similar associations. We aren’t the cheapest, or the most expensive. We have also created a membership fee model that is the same no matter what the size of your institution or business entity is. For many associations, you pay more if you are larger than if you are smaller, but we rejected that model for NaBITA. In a time of strained resources, we want NaBITA to be accessible to any school, campus or workplace, regardless of size. You’ll also find that the NaBITA model differs from many associations in our value-added philosophy. You can expect a listserv, conference and newsletter out of any association today, but we want you to be loyal to NaBITA. When it comes time to renew, and you ask yourself, is the NaBITA membership worth it this year, we want your answer to be “absolutely.” We want you to feel that you are getting your money’s worth, and then some. We want you to renew with NaBITA, even if you let your memberships to other associations expire. So, we include event discounts, free publications and materials, whitepapers, and other value-added membership benefits. Higher levels of membership can get access to behavioral intervention models, proprietary protocols, expert panels, free seminars, free webinars, discounts, free conference registration and more.
Q: WE ALREADY HAVE A BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM. CAN NaBITA BE USEFUL TO US?
A: Absolutely. Your colleagues and our resources will be invaluable as you improve and evolve your team model. Learn from their mistakes. Share yours. Have a clever solution? Tell others. They can benefit from your good problem-solving. Why reinvent the wheel at each school, campus or workplace? There are others who are doing exactly what you are doing elsewhere. Share resources, team up for local training events, talk through tough cases with others who may have the expertise you need. Also, keep in mind that many institutions think they have behavioral intervention teams, and may have something similar, but not exactly what we have in mind when we talk about a formalized behavioral intervention team. View a list of twelve 2nd Generation BIT Best Practices (PDF). See how your model compares. Finally, the NaBITA team is committed helping to identify the latest research and trends for members.
Q: WE HAVE NOT YET FORMED A BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM. CAN NaBITA HELP US?
A: NaBITA’s ENHANCED membership is for you. It features a BIT KIT that includes in it everything you need to form a team. All the relevant policies, sample protocols, reporting documentation, training materials, tabletop exercises and more are posted on the NaBITA website and are available as part of your membership. View information on the ENHANCED NaBITA membership category.
Q: WHO STARTED NaBITA?
A: NaBITA was started by a team of experts – lawyers, consultants, psychologists – who have been deeply engaged in the process of helping schools, campuses and workplaces to develop and evolve behavioral intervention models. The idea for NaBITA originated with Cori Sokolow, M.Ed., Brett Sokolow’s wife and an early team member. NCHERM helped to pull together the team that created NaBITA. View more information on the creation of NaBITA.
Q: IF WE JOIN IN ONE MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY, ARE WE LOCKED INTO THAT CATEGORY FOREVER?
A: NaBITA has three membership categories, INDIVIDUAL, STANDARD and ENHANCED. You may upgrade your membership during your membership year at any time. Simply contact the NaBITA central office, pay the difference between the membership you have and the category you want, and we will give you a new password and upgrade your membership. You may also downgrade your membership, but only at the time of renewal.
Q: HOW DOES YOUR MEMBERSHIP YEAR WORK?
A: NaBITA uses a rolling membership system. Your membership begins when you pay for your membership, and runs for 12 months from that date. We send out reminders one month before your membership expires, encouraging your renewal.