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November 9 - November 10, 2021
2021 NABITA Annual Conference

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  • Date
    November 9 - November 10, 2021
  • Location
    Virtual
  • Speakers
    10 Professional Speakers

2021 NABITA Virtual Conference

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 11:00am – 4:45pm ET
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 11:00am – 4:30pm ET

NABITA is pleased to announce our 2021 NABITA Virtual Conference lineup. As always, the Annual NABITA Conference is the leading conference in the field of behavioral intervention, threat assessment, and case management for schools, campuses, and workplaces. Since our first Conference in 2009, we have provided a space for professionals to come together with colleagues and share resources while also learning from and engaging with experts in the field. This year’s virtual conference will deliver conference sessions in a highly interactive format, leveraging distance technology resources to create opportunities for resource sharing, networking, and enhanced learning environments. It is NABITA’s commitment to you to deliver a virtual conference that is robust, flexible, highly engaging, and valuable to those working in the field of behavior intervention, case management, and threat assessment.

For this year’s 2021 Virtual Conference, we are offering three conference tracks: BIT Operations, Case Management, and Safety and Threat Assessment. As a conference attendee, you are able to choose your own conference experience by either moving seamlessly between sessions across the three tracks, receiving content in all three content areas, or choosing to only attend sessions aligned with one track, receiving targeted content for your area of interest.

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$299

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$399

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The Recording Package is available for pre-purchase and will be available 7-10 days after the conference. Please note, the recording package will not include the Live Q&A’s or Roundtables.

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Conference Schedule

  • BIT Operations
  • Case Management
  • Safety and Threat Assessment

Conference Orientation: Who, What, Where?

Monday, November 8th from 3:30pm-5:00pm ET

Welcome to the 2021 NaBITA Virtual Conference! Let us help you get your bearings for the conference with four dedicated tracks, all delivered virtually. This session will introduce attendees to an overview of BIT, the history of NABITA, introductions to some key individuals, and advice on how to get the most out of a virtual NABITA Conference!

  • Tracks:

Opening Keynote Session - Mental Health & Suicide in Historically Marginalized Communities: Perception Versus Reality

Tuesday, November 9th from 11:00am-12:30pm ET

Stigma around mental illness continues to be one of the leading taboos in the African American community. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, or worst-case scenario, suicide, there is a longstanding belief in the African American community that the impact of these taboo subjects is the problem of “the other.” Though communities of color, because of socioeconomic challenges, may be at higher risk for poor mental health, there is a significant gap in accessing mental health resources, by Blacks as compared to Whites. As a result of stigma, socioeconomic challenges, and the added stressors of systemic racism and lack of access to culturally competent mental health resources, mental health challenges continue to compound and suicide rates continue to rise, in the African American community. In this session Victor Armstrong will discuss the historic challenges of African Americans as it pertains to mental wellness and suicide, while also discussing the impact of implicit bias and provider perception on the delivery of behavioral healthcare.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn about historical bias in the structure of mental health services.
  • Participants will become more aware of the impact of their own biases on provider/patient interactions.
  • Participants will learn the importance of viewing the patient through the patient’s own “lens”.
  • Tracks:

Managing a COVID-Era Threat: The Case of Ezekial

Tuesday, November 9th from 12:45pm-2:00pm ET

This presentation will examine a student case that caused significant disruption to the campus community. “Ezekial” displayed many threatening behaviors while living on-campus at a time during which the majority of the California State University Channel Islands campus was operating remotely due to COVID-19. Leaders from Disability Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, the Dean of Students office, Housing, Legal Counsel, and Law Enforcement will provide unique narratives and discuss how higher education professionals collaborated to mitigate the threatening behavior, while simultaneously providing strong case management support to the student and those impacted by his behavior. This presentation will consider critical factors that impacted this case due to the pandemic such as an eviction moratorium, CARES Act funding, Office of Civil Rights involvement, telehealth, and the nature of working remotely. Participants will learn about case management strategies involved with individuals with significant psychiatric and developmental needs, BIT collaboration and relationships, and ongoing challenges involved with this case.

  • Tracks:

Investigation/Interviewing Techniques

Tuesday, November 9th from 12:45pm-2:00pm ET

Session description coming soon!

  • Tracks:

Risk Rubric Overview

Tuesday, November 9th from 12:45pm-2:00pm ET

The NABITA Risk Rubric for Colleges and Universities provides teams a tool for consistently and objectively assessing risk and deploying appropriate interventions for all cases referred to the team. Teams often cite the use of the risk rubric as a critical step in improving team process. This session will provide an overview of the NABITA Risk Rubric for Colleges and Universities by reviewing the D-Scale, focused on assessing life stress and emotional health, and the E-Scale, focused on assessing hostility and violence to others. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to apply the risk rubric to case studies involving disruption, emotional and mental health, aggressive behavior, and threats to others.
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I Don't Need Help! Motivational Interviewing Strategies During Challenging BIT Referral Conversations

Tuesday, November 9th from 2:15pm-3:30pm ET

Colleges and Universities have made great strides over the past 20 years at identifying at-risk students and referring them to the BIT process. From there, the work often gets more challenging, as clear mental and physical health concerns are noted and a game plan is developed how to best approach and manage the existing or emerging student concern. Initial conversations with students either unwilling or ambivalent about seeking appropriate help can challenge even the most experienced student affairs professional. Students often enter these interactions guarded, and feeling powerless, hopeless, and fearing for the worst. Motivational interviewing (MI) offers professionals a practical, common-sense style to engage students in difficult conversations through a caring, empathic, and collaborative approach. This program will offer participants a brief overview of MI theory and principles, practical strategies to increase student cooperation, example MI conversation structures and opportunities to observe and role-play common BIT referral interactions.

  • Tracks:

Looking Glass

Tuesday, November 9th from 2:15pm-3:30pm ET

Over the past year, there has been a sharp increase in threatening email communications and social media posts. When combined with the recent rise in worry, stress, and frustration from students, faculty and staff with the COVID-19 crisis, there is a need for a straightforward process to triage these concerns. Looking Glass is an easy to learn, expert system designed to assess online and written content. This approach to evaluating online communications, written narratives, and social media posts is a must-have supplemental to your existing violence risk and threat assessment process. The presenters will share this effective and efficacious approach with you and discuss how to assess threat through the psychological, criminal, student conduct, and legal perspectives. During the session, we will teach the scoring of the system and demonstrate application through case studies.

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CARE-ing for Our Students: Implementing Behavioral Intervention Team Best Practices

Tuesday, November 9th from 2:15pm-3:30pm ET

BITs at institutions of higher education are only as effective as the structures, processes, and evaluations set in place by their institution. While there is no official governing body for BITs, NABITA has become the de facto source for colleges and universities seeking education and resources in behavior and threat assessment. As a repository for BIT research and assessment, in 2018, NABITA used their data to develop a series of twenty best practices for colleges and universities to utilize in the creation and management of their campus BITs. However, even with this new industry standard of best practices, the challenge of implementation impacts colleges and universities with diverse institutional structures, demographics, and financial situations differently. This presentation explores the first research into the implementation of these standards at IHEs in New York State as well as providing practical takeaways for how institutional BITs with limited human, financial, and temporal resources can strategically enact the standards to get the greatest outcomes for their investment. Attendees will learn about the history of institutional BITs, as well as the challenges teams face in implementing industry best practices.

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Roundtable Sessions

Tuesday, November 9th from 3:45pm-4:45pm ET

We will be offering 6 total roundtable topics, two in each track. The topics will be repeated twice throughout the conference, so that you can attend both topics in each track, or a topic from a different track.

BIT Operations:

  • BIT Review: Evaluating and Assessing BIT Structure and Impact
  • Intersections of Equity and Inclusion in BIT

Case Management:

  • Collaborations between BIT, Counseling, and Law Enforcement
  • Two Sets of Standards, One Application

Threat and Violence Risk Assessment:

  • Mandated Assessments and Application of the NABITA Tools
  • Working with Faculty to Manage Students in Distress
  • Tracks:

Legal Issues and the BIT

Wednesday, November 10th from 11:00am-12:15pm ET

Join the presenters as they walk you through an overview of legal pitfalls and challenges BITs to face as related to student conduct, ADA/OCR, free speech, threat assessment, parental involvement, FERPA, HIPAA, and state confidentiality laws.

  • Tracks:

Law Enforcement and Mental Health Working Hand in Hand

Wednesday, November 10th from 11:00am-12:15pm ET

Recently, there has been multiple challenges and frustrations among law enforcement, protestors, BLM, and other marginalized groups that found themselves being treated aggressively and unfairly by law enforcement. There have been several instances of aggressive, violent, and even deadly responses to an individual experiencing a mental health crisis. NABITA advocates for a middle ground of increased police transparency, mental health and crisis response training, and an emphasis in encouraging intentional and collaborative crisis responses between law enforcement and mental health professionals. Law enforcement only responses tend to be safer for those intervening but often can lack the mental illness awareness and crisis de-escalation skills needed to calm those in an acute crisis. Counseling only responses raise the risk of staff harm and may put those trying to help the student at an increased risk. This training will address the current tension around how to best respond to a mental health crisis in the classroom and around campus and provide strategies for employing a collaborative response.

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When Tragedy Strikes: Case Managing Large Scale Crises

Wednesday, November 10th from 11:00am-12:15pm ET

The presenters were in key administrative and clinical roles in several large-scale incidents including the mass killings in Isla Vista, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and the Borderline Bar & Grill college night in Thousand Oaks, CA. They were also critical in the campus responses to the catastrophic Hill Fire, Thomas Fire, Woolsey Fire and Montecito Debris Flow. This presentation focuses on core elements of effective immediate and ongoing responses to these types of large-scale incidents, which require extensive case management services and on-going campus community support. Recommendations for preparing for, and responding to, such incidents in both campus-based and virtual realms are made to support the holistic well-being of individuals and communities.

  • Tracks:

SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant from Beginning to End: Three Year Review

Wednesday, November 10th from 12:30pm-1:45pm ET

National University has recently completed a three-year SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant focusing on CARE Team and Student Wellness implementation and evaluation. The authors will discuss the grant administration from beginning to end, including the application process, grant management, goals development/implementation, and evaluation/reporting. Specifically, the grantees focused on the development of online mental health and basic needs supports in addition to remotely delivered case management and risk assessment. Attendees will be presented with lessons learned as well as encouragement to formulate their own grant application blueprint for their own institution.

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Navigating Involuntary and Voluntary Medical Leaves, Withdrawals, and Interim Actions on the Basis of Harm to Self or Others

Wednesday, November 10th from 12:30pm-1:45pm ET

Recent DOJ/ED decisions from Tennessee, Brown, Quinnipiac, Northern Michigan, Stanford and other campuses tell us that colleges still struggle with the right balance with respect to addressing students on the edge. Pressuring students into taking leaves, establishing illegitimate criteria for return, failing to provide sufficient due process, denying reasonable return requests, failing to permit appeals, imposing interim suspensions without a right of review, and engaging in other actions that violate Section 504/ADA requirements are pitfalls that we need to learn how to effectively address in a way that won’t violate a student’s civil rights. This session is designed to offer a practical discussion of lessons learned and what they mean for best practices in the field without being legalistic or leaving you feeling as if you have no good options.

  • Tracks:

Featured Session

Wednesday, November 10th from 12:30pm-1:45pm ET

One additional concurrent session will be offered in this time slot. Session title and description coming soon!

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Roundtable Sessions

Wednesday, November 10th from 2:00pm-3:00pm ET

We will be offering 6 total roundtable topics, two in each track. The topics will be repeated twice throughout the conference, so that you can attend both topics in each track, or a topic from a different track.

BIT Operations:

  • BIT Review: Evaluating and Assessing BIT Structure and Impact
  • Intersections of Equity and Inclusion in BIT

Case Management:

  • Collaborations between BIT, Counseling, and Law Enforcement
  • Two Sets of Standards, One Application

Threat and Violence Risk Assessment:

  • Mandated Assessments and Application of the NABITA Tools
  • Working with Faculty to Manage Students in Distress
  • Tracks:

Plenary Closing Session: The Future of BITs

Wednesday, November 10th from 3:15pm-4:30pm ET

Join a panel of BIT experts as they reflect on the growth in the field of behavioral intervention, case management, and threat assessment and explore the opportunities for the future. Relying on recent survey data, current legislative efforts and national trends, and their own expertise in the field, the panelists will discuss the directions, trends, and changes they anticipate the field to experience and will make suggestions for how administrators can prepare.
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Event Speakers

Aaron “Chip” Reese, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Columbus State University

Joseph Allen, Ed.D.

Director of Community College Pathways, National University

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S.

President, NABITA; Vice President, Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment, TNG

Saundra K. Schuster, M.S., J.D.

Partner, TNG

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.

Managing Partner, TNG

Victor Armstrong

‪Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services at NC Department of Health and Human Services

Ashley Maakestad, MSW

Assistant Manager, Student Wellness, National University

J.B. Robinson, Ph.D.

CARE Team Chair; Associate Director, Accessibility and Wellness, National University

Joseph Vincent, M.L.S.

Senior Supervising Consultant, TNG

Captain Thomas Calucci

Captain, UTSA Police Department

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Marriage and Family Therapist; Professional Clinical Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor

Allison Frost, MPA

Independent Consultant

Aaron Austin, Ed.D.

Dean of Students and Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, Wichita State University

Amy Jones

Director, Care and Community Standards, Stockton University

Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.

Chair of the Board, TNG; President, ATIXA; Co-Founder, NABITA

Chelsee Benté, M.A.

Associate Dean of Students, California State University Channel Islands

Cindy Derrico, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Campus Life & Dean of Students, California State University Channel Islands

Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.

Partner, TNG; Vice President, ATIXA

Drake Massey

Interim Chief of Police, California State University Channel Islands

Kirsten Olson, Ph.D.

Director of Counseling & Health Services, California State University Channel Islands

Marc D. Mootchnik, J.D.

University Counsel, California State University Channel Islands

Michelle Resnick, Ed.M.

Director of Disability Accommodations & Support Services

Carrie Smith, Ph.D.

President, HECMA

Jamie Molnar, LMHC, RYT, QS

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Shylah Addante, Ed.D.

Director of Residence Life, Russell Sage College

Tim Cason, M.Ed.

Consultant, TNG

Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals closed on August 13, 2021. Notifications of acceptance/rejection went out electronically on August 18, 2021. If you did not receive this email, please check your junk/spam or contact conference@nabita.org.

Please see below for session information:

  • Breakout sessions are 75 minutes long
  • We are seeking sessions which present information in the following areas:
    • Innovative case management practices or programs
    • Research related to case management
    • Assessment or interventions related to specialized populations
    • Threat, crisis, or violence prevention, assessment, or intervention best practices
    • Model case management practices
  • Selections will be based on the following criteria:
    • Relevance to the topics of prevention, assessment, model programs, and case management
    • Completeness, detail and professionalism of the proposal
    • Evidence‐based, promising and innovative model programs/practices are welcome
    • Engaging format, presenters and/or concepts
  • You are encouraged to submit multiple proposals
  • If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the event site. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme, and style of the presentation.

Scholarship Opportunities

In service to the field, NABITA welcomes the submission of scholarship applications for its upcoming Annual Conference. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants based upon written responses to our questions. Only full, complete applications will be considered.

  • Scholarship application closed on Friday, September 17th, 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified on or before Friday, September 24th, 2021 of scholarship application status.

Awards

NABITA has developed an award for best practice in the field of behavioral intervention. This year, NABITA will choose two recipients of the award to be recognized at the Annual Conference.

The Best Practices and Institutional Impact Award is intended to recognize a practice or program that can be modeled by other institutions as a best practice and has been shown to have significant evidence-based impact on the originating institution. These practices or programs can be those that are specific to the functioning of a BIT or which serve to educate, provide interventions for, or reduce risk among target populations.

Selected winners will be honored at the Conference, presented their award, and receive a token worthy of display at the institution.

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 8. Submissions will be reviewed by the Awards committee, and applicants will be notified of acceptance/rejection by October 15, 2021.

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else to receive one of this year’s awards!

Supervisor Justification Letter

NABITA understands that getting permission to attend conferences can be difficult. The message below has been created to help you describe the benefits of attending the Annual Conference to your supervisor. In addition, it illustrates why it’s a valuable and wise investment for your company to support your participation, and summarizes what you can expect to learn.

We encourage you to use the text below when requesting approval from your management to register for this conference.

Click here to access the Supervisor Justification Letter. 

There are two ways to participate in this year’s conference. You can attend live or purchase a recording package for viewing at a later date.

Attend the Conference Live

Member Discounted Pricing: $299/person
Non-Member Pricing: $399/person
Register for a NABITA Training and Certification Course and receive a 15% discount off of the live conference pricing. You must register for the course first and then you will have the option to add the conference to your cart, where the discount will be applied. To learn more, please click here to visit the Training and Certification page.

Recording Package Only

Recording Package Only: $299/person
Click here to purchase the recording package!
The Recording Package is available for pre-purchase and will be in your digital library by November 19, 2021.
Please note, the recording package will not include the Live Q&A’s or Roundtables.

FAQs / Find Your Answers

All registration fees include attendance for both days of training and extensive training materials. Registration fees apply to all attendees, including Super Members and retainer clients.

All individuals who purchase the recording package will receive access to all conference sessions except live Q&A’s, roundtables, and networking opportunities.

NABITA reserves the right to record any of our courses. Participating indicates your assent to being recorded, and for that recording to be used by NABITA for any purposes. If you prefer not to be recorded, please contact us once you register, and we will make arrangements for your participation without identification.

For this year’s Annual Conference we are offering four conference tracks: BIT Operations, Case Management, K-12, and Safety and Threat Assessment. As a conference attendee, you are able to choose your own conference experience by either moving seamlessly between sessions across the four tracks, receiving content in all four content areas, or you can choose to only attend sessions aligned with one track, receiving targeted content for your area of interest.

The four tracks are represented under each session description by the following symbols:

  • comprehensive solutions icon  BIT Operations
  • book icon  Case Management
  • safety icon   Safety And Threat Assessment
  • behavioral intervention icon  K-12

The Annual Conference will be hosted virtually, via Zoom.

Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation email providing you with the link to the NABITA Event Lobby. This page will provide you the information for the 2021 Annual Conference. Zoom links and materials will show up 3 days prior to the Conference start date.

The slide materials and recordings are available 3 months after the Conference.

If you purchase the Recording Package only, you will have access indefinitely within 7-10 days after the Conference ends.

NABITA will be hosting a live conference orientation prior to the start of the conference for you to interact with other attendees and faculty. There will also be plenty of opportunities to share photos, comments, and feedback through the event app, Guidebook.

There will also be plenty of opportunity for live Q&A throughout the two days.

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Our Training & Certification Courses have the ability to bundle with our 2021 Annual Conference.

By clicking on the ‘Register Now’ links in each course offering, you will be offered a discounted Conference rate prior to check out.

The 15% discounted rate can only be purchased in conjunction with our Training & Certification Courses at point of purchase, as we cannot add in the discount after purchase.

Click here to view all of our upcoming Training & Certification courses.

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