Advanced Strategies for Behavioral Intervention Teams Certification Course

Upcoming Advanced Strategies for Behavioral Intervention Teams Certification Courses

Course Description

Now that your team is in line with NaBITA’s Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams, the presenters of this course will offer guidance and instruction on how to best  ensure your team is running at optimal effectiveness.  Presenters will begin the course by facilitating a self-assessment for each participant to assess the functioning of their BIT.  Course content will then focus on specific strategies improving team functioning including group dynamics and communication skills, threat assessment and interview skills, and mandated assessments, including how to use the SIVRA-35 as a violence risk assessment. Participants should note that this course does not provide an in-depth teaching of the 20 NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams, but rather focuses on advanced strategies for teams already in line with the standards. The learning goals for this course are as follows:

Participants will:

  • Be able to self-assess their own BIT based on the NaBITA Standards
  • Effectively lead a BIT, including guiding the operations, group dynamics, and team supervision.
  • Utilize mandated assessments in alignment with best practices
  • Conduct violence risk assessments using the SIVRA-35.


Ideal Participants:

This course is ideal for participants who have already attended the BIT Foundations course or have experience with NaBITA’s process and Risk Rubric. This advanced strategies course builds on the material taught in the Standards and Best Practice course and it is intended that participants have a strong knowledge of the NaBITA Standards, the three key phases of a BIT, using an objective risk rubric, etc. Ideally, participants come from BITs that are already up and running at their institution, and that have established, written protocols and procedures in place. Participants that have not attended the BIT Foundations course previously may find themselves in a position where the material is covering topics for which their team is not ready to address.



Morning Session 1:

  • Overview of BITs
  • Review of NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Morning Break

Morning Session 2:

  • In-depth teaching of the Standards Assessment Tool
  • Conduct a self-assessment using the standards assessment tool
  • Strategies/Resources for improving

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 1:

  • Strategies for effective team leadership
  • How to effectively lead a team toward cohesive group dynamics while avoiding group think and conformity
  • Bias reduction and cultural competency on your BIT

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Session 2:

  • Window Into BIT 2: Video simulation of a behavioral intervention team to demonstrate team process and group dynamics as well as team supervision
  • Video discussion


Morning 1:

  • Understanding and assessing social media threats
  • Using the tools to assess Social Media Threat
    • Case study – VRAW2
    • Case study – ERIS

Morning 2:

  • Differentiating threat assessment from psychological assessment
  • Mandated assessments: who, when, how
  • Discussion of ADA and 504 considerations
  • Utilizing a range of interventions

Afternoon Sessions 1 & 2:

  • Introductory review of the 35 factors on the SIVRA-35
  • SIVRA -35 demonstration videos

Contact us for upcoming locations, to inquire about hosting on your campus, or to talk with a NaBITA team member about additional training offerings.