NaBITA at Home: 2020 Virtual Trainings

This curriculum delivers the best of NaBITA’s courses in a highly interactive, virtual format.

Taught by subject matter experts from the leading association for behavioral intervention teams, this online training series is the most comprehensive range of BIT certification training courses you can find. A NaBITA certification indicates that an individual is committed to best practices in the field of behavioral intervention and possesses the competence and expertise to promote school and student safety. NaBITA certification is used by our trainees to exemplify professionalism, gain new positions, and earn promotions and pay scale advancement.

Registrants can pursue a combination of courses that each feature interactive question and answer forums with faculty, self-guided curriculum, group work, technique mirroring/modeling exercises, and case study sessions moderated by NaBITA’s experts.

NaBITA leverages sophisticated technology to provide a distance learning and interactive experience that is robust, flexible, highly engaging, and valuable to NaBITA members and the field.

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Event Schedule


Talking BITs: Helping From a Distance

Dates/times of training include:

Friday, August 14th from 3pm-4:30pm ET

This Talking BITs event will engage participants in a dialogue on the topics of:

  • How to provide support and interventions to students in a virtual setting
  • The challenges of finding resources from afar
  • Building rapport and forming a connection during a virtual meeting
  • Creating connections and relationships with referral to better facilitate the referral process
  • Procedural considerations for virtual meetings
  • How virtual meetings can support students and meet their needs even when your campus is fully open and operational



Webinar: Non-Clinical Suicide Assessment

Thursday, September 10th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

Join Dr. Brian Van Brunt, Dave Denino, LPC, NCC, and Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. as they share with you the creation of the Non-Clinical Assessment of Suicide (NAS). As counselors work more and more in a non-clinical capacity (falling under FERPA), there is an increased need to have an approach to assessment that is easy to use, can be applied consistently, reduces bias and provides clear direction for next steps in an evidenced based way. This easy to use expert system highlights the process of how to consistently and objectively assess a student at-risk for suicide. Those who attend the training will receive instructions on how to administer the NAS and apply it in their daily practice. They will receive a detailed training guide, a copy of the scoring template, a flowchart overview and will review a sample case study.



Standards and Best Practices for BIT Certification Course

Wednesday, September 16th-Thursday, September 17th from 10am-5pm ET

This two-day course provides instructors an opportunity to guide participants through the 20 NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams to ensure best practices for an effective team. Whether you are a new team just getting off the ground, or a seasoned team with a few years of experience under your belt, this course delivers an interactive and in-depth look at the standards of practice for team operating procedures and protocols based on survey data, research and literature in the fields of threat assessment, psychology and law enforcement.



Talking BITs: Threat Assessment from Afar

Friday, September 18th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

Given the global pandemic and the move for many K-12 and college/university systems to a distance education model, the need for some clarity around best practices in distance threat assessment has become a critical need. Join Jeff Solomon and Brian Van Brunt as they engage you in a conversation around the challenges of conducting these assessments from afar.

Registration information coming soon!


Webinar: Addressing COVID Rage

Monday, September 21st; 2pm-3:30pm ET

In recent months, there has been a massive rise in the amount of stress individuals are managing. There have been case after case of individuals upset about the lack of government direction on the pandemic, frustration over the inconsistency about rules around masks and social distancing, and people who have been in compliance with social distancing and wearing masks who become extremely frustrated at those who are not following the rules.

Masks have become a visual representation of the country’s political divide. Many are experience unprecedented levels of stress, uncertainty and fear. This creates a perfect storm of frustration that will quickly come into the classroom setting. Dr. Van Brunt and Jeff Solomon will share with participants the importance of understanding the difference between affective/emotional violence and more related mission-oriented violence that is premediated and often planned prior to a large attack. Drawing from over 50 years of experience teaching crisis de-escalation from psychology and law enforcement perspectives, Brian and Jeff will clearly explain the issue at hand, discuss ways to prevent conflict and engage students prior to violence.



Case Management and Intervention Certification Course

Thursday, October 8th-Friday, October 9th from 10am-5pm ET

You know how to use the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool and have a plan for addressing more serious threats that come to the attention of your BIT. You’ve conducted the assessment and met with the student of concern. What happens next?

This certification course will offer BIT members clear guidance and skills when it comes to intervening with an at-risk student and managing the student after the initial assessment and intervention. Intervention and case management in higher education have been a growing area within counseling centers, behavioral intervention teams, student conduct, and student affairs. This practical, hands-on, two-day training event will review best practices and address how to effectively work with at-risk students to assist in providing better access to services and resources and improve their academic standing.



Webinar: Hard Conversations II: The Election Edition

Tuesday, October 13th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

Based on the turn out for our first Hard Conversations program, NaBITA is bringing back our panel to touch on the various issues facing our country and campuses. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests occurring across the country, it is likely there are concerns over the uncertainty of the outcome, the online voting process, and the reaction of those who do have their candidate win. Specifically, we will address:

  • How to start these hard conversations with students
  • Predication and talking points for a Trump win
  • Predictions and talking points for a Biden win
  • Predication and talking points for a slow result calculation
  • Predication and talking points for a delay or Trump unwilling to accept



Talking BITs: Running a Virtual BIT

Friday, October 16th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

As more schools, colleges, and universities close or shift to an online environment, BITs must find innovative ways to address concerns, respond to threats of violence, and support students virtually. During this Talking BITs, we will present best practices for operating an online BIT and responding to student issues in a virtual environment including:

  • Practical strategies for shifting your BIT operations to match the needs of an online environment
  • The unique needs of online students
  • How to train your campus to recognize distress and threatening behavior in an online classroom,
  • How to provide support services in a virtual environment.

Registration details coming soon!


Webinar: Understanding the Incel for BIT, Threat Assessment and Title IX

Monday, October 26th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

Based on research from the incel literature and building on the upcoming book by Drs. Van Brunt and Taylor Understanding and Treating Incels: Case Studies, Guidance, and Treatment of Violence Risk in the Involuntary Celibate Community, this training helps identify the incel philosophy in a threat assessment and counseling treatment. Appropriate for classroom instructors, Behavioral Intervention teams, front-line teaching staff, and administrators, this new resource will ensure an evidence-based approach to early identification and treatment of those following this dark, and nihilistic path.



Webinar: Mastering the Art of Writing Threat Assessments

Monday, November 2nd from 2pm-3:30pm ET

This program reviews the process of creating a standardized threat report to bring together BIT/CARE and threat team assessment data in an organized, easy to follow manner. With the increase in global tension and distance-based threats, this gives us an opportunity to share a consistent process and template when it comes to documentation and report writing. This process will help reduce bias, ensure all areas of concern are addressed, and the final documentation is clear, readable and concise.

This course will provide the opportunity for feedback based on a sample case shared with the participant prior to the event. Feedback on the threat assessment report will be given from the instructors to those in attendance.



Talking BITs: Managing Post-Election Stress

Friday, November 6th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

Whatever way the election concludes, one thing is for sure, it will cause a great deal of stress for our students, faculty, and staff.  We are likely to see a spike in frustrations and problems on campus. With a Biden win, it is likely we will see a spike in angry MAGA voters and an increase in white nationalist rhetoric.  With a Trump win, it is likely to show an increase in depression, frustration, and increased BLM protests and COVID challenges. There are also concerns that the election may draw out due to the difficulty processing online ballots or delays with the current administration. Brian Van Brunt and David Denino will host this month’s discussion on the new normal following the elections.

Registration information coming soon!


Advanced Violence Risk Assessment Certification Course

Tuesday, November 17th-Wednesday, November 18th from 10am-5pm ET

In this course, participants will learn the importance of risk factors related to rampage violence and how this research can be helpful in forming an accurate threat assessment. Instructors will review thirty-five common risk factors on the SIVRA-35 and understand how to apply these during a threat assessment process, explore how the SIVRA-35 can be useful as part of an overall threat assessment approach with at-risk students on a college campus, and discuss practical application issues related to the SIVRA-35 and how it can work in conjunction with other threat assessment tools.

Participants will also:

  • Discuss ways to better manage at-risk students on campus through developing case management and treatment plans to address at-risk behavior.
  • Review common cases of threat from social media posts, emails and creative fiction.
  • Explore and discuss key threat assessment concepts used to better parse the difference between a real threat and other concerning writings.
  • Review how issues of culture, personal background, requirements for certain writing majors and generational differences contribute to the growing concern around threat in creative writing and social media posts.
  • Assess and discuss threat levels from emails or creative fiction and develop intervention plans.



Webinar: State of the Field: Overview of NaBITA Survey Results

Thursday, November 19th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

The NaBITA 2020 Survey results in! The field of behavioral intervention is ever evolving and improving. To analyze the trends and changes in the field, every two years NaBITA conducts a comprehensive survey aimed at collecting data on trending practices related to team operations, membership, risk assessment, leadership, intervention practices, and more. The results of this survey are critical for team members and administrators as they compare their practices to that of their peers and to the national common practices. This webinar will distill the data from the survey and provide teams with trends in practices to assist in shaping their own approach to behavioral intervention work.



Advanced Threat Management Certification Course

Wednesday, December 2nd-Thursday, December 3rd from 10am-5pm ET

Designed as a follow-up to Advanced Violence Risk Assessment, this course focuses on challenges often encountered following the assessment of violence risk. The presenter(s) have designed a highly interactive and case study-based course, drawing participants into discussions related to the legal, psychological, criminal and case management areas of practice related to managing on going risk.

From managing affective, emotionally driven violence to responding to potential targeted or predatory violence, the presenters will discuss the larger challenges related to the oversight and on-going supervision and treatment of those who remain at the institution with a significant risk profile.

Covering closed communities and marginalized populations, the presenter(s) will address the unique challenges and opportunities to build rapport and tie interventions to specific populations including: individuals with mental illness, those with addictions, marginalized communities, non-traditional students, LGBTQ+, those with suicidal or self-injurious behaviors, athletes, fraternity and sorority life members, and individuals struggling with anger and impulse control.

Special conditions will also be reviewed such as: working with suspended and expelled students, the use of private detectives and fusion centers, return to campus and the public relations issues when individuals show up at board meetings or talk to the press.



Talking BITs: Supporting Students During Breaks

Friday, December 4th from 2pm-3:30pm ET

Join Makenzie Schiemann and Allison Frost as they discuss how to bridge support and services for students while they are home, or away from classes, during school breaks. This Talking BITs will explore the following:

  • How to determine whether to close a case, keep it open, or monitor the student
  • Strategies for bridging support for students during break
  • Supporting students as they reenter the semester and start classes
  • Strategies for using parents, family, and friends as support systems

Registration details coming soon!

Event Faculty

Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

President, NaBITA

Brian Van Brunt is a Partner in TNG, the President of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), and a past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). He has...

David J. Denino, LPC, NCC

Director Emeritus of Counseling Services, Southern Connecticut State University

David J. Denino has worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is Director Emeritus of Counseling Services at Southern Connecticut State University. He served ...

Allison Frost

Associate Consultant, TNG

Allison Frost is excited to join the TNG team as an associate. Allison is intimately familiar with the day-to-day challenges facing colleges, universities, and schools, given her decade of experience ...

Tammy Hodo, Ph.D.

President, All Things Diverse LLC

Dr. Hodo is from Milwaukee, WI. She obtained her doctorate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Studies with a minor in Sociology. She has served in a variety of college administ...

Scott Lewis, J.D.

Partner, TNG

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a Partner with TNG, LLC. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA, the Association for Title IX Administrators and NaBITA, the National Behavioral Intervention Tea...

Makenzie Schiemann, M.S

Vice President and Interim Executive Director, NaBITA

Makenzie Schiemann is the Vice President of Case Management Initiatives for TNG and the Executive Director for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA). Makenzie started her prof...

Jeff Solomon

Vice President of Safety Initiatives, TNG

A nationally recognized expert and consultant in school safety who has been in law enforcement for nearly three decades, Jeffrey Solomon currently serves as Vice President of Safety Initiatives at TNG...

Chris Taylor, Ph.D.

Director of Community Standards and Student Conduct at Wright State University

Chris Taylor is a 23-year veteran of Higher Education and has worked in a variety of institutional settings, public and private, large and small. Chris spent the first 10 years of his career in a vari...

Jacques S. Whitfield, J.D.

Senior Consultant, Trainer, and Presenter, CPS HR Consulting

Jacques has over 20 years of experience in human resources management, employment relations and legal compliance matters for both public sector and private sector employers. His public sector experien...

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