BIT Best Practices Certification Course

Upcoming BIT Best Practices Certification Courses

Course Description

Now that your team is up and running, you must ensure that it is running at its optimal effectiveness. This two-day best practice course will give your team the insights it needs to go to the next level. The course is designed to provide participants with a depth of knowledge related to team operations, group dynamics, case interventions, and violence risk assessment. The learning goals for this course are as follows:

Participants will….

  • Understand the NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams.
  • Be able to self-assess their own BIT based on the NaBITA Standards and the Core Q10
  • Effectively lead a BIT, including guiding the operations, group dynamics, and team supervision.
  • Deploy effective interventions for cases referred to the BIT, utilizing a range of intervention techniques.
  • Conduct violence risk assessments based on structured professional judgement, using the SIVRA-35.

Ideal Participants

This course is ideal for participants that have already attended the BIT Foundations course. This Best Practices course builds on the material taught in the Foundations course and it is intended that participants have a strong knowledge of the NaBITA Standards, the three key phases of a BIT, team membership and meeting frequency, team marketing, etc. Ideally, participants come from BITs that are already up and running at their institution, and that have established 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.

Course Agenda

Day One:

Morning Session 1

  • Overview of violence risk factors
  • Defining BITs, prevention, and threat assessment
  • Defining core qualities of a threat assessment
  • Differentiating threat assessment from psychological assessment

Morning Break

Morning Session 2

  • Overview of objective risk rubrics: The NaBITA Risk Rubric, SIVRA-35, VRAW2, and ERIS
  • The importance of establishing a risk rating
  • Conducting team self-assessment using the Core Q10 and/or NaBITA Standards
  • Review of the NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 1

  • Teaching on the NaBITA Risk Rubric and predatory v. affective violence
  • Case study application of the tool
  • Understanding and assessing social media threats

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Session 2

  • Window Into BIT: video simulation of BIT meeting demonstrating how to engage in the three key phases of a BIT
  • How to effectively lead a team toward cohesive group dynamics, while avoiding groupthink and conformity

Day Two:

Morning Session 1

  • Utilizing mandated assessments: when to initiate them and who should conduct them
  • Cultivating relationships for mandated assessments
  • Tips for establishing a process for mandated assessments
  • Using Structured Professional Judgement as part of the mandated assessment

Morning Break

Morning session 2

  • Utilizing a range of interventions for cases including case management, progressive conduct, and separation from the institution
  • Using interventions tied to the NaBITA risk rating
  • Overview of case management as an intervention and support
  • Conduct, forced leaves, and academic standards
  • Discussion of ADA and 504 considerations and the direct threat test
  • Case example of recent ADA settlement


Afternoon Session 1

  • Bias reduction and cultural competency on your BIT
  • In-depth teaching on the SIVRA-35 and how to implement it

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Session 2

  • SIVRA-35 demonstration video
  • Discussion of the case and the SIVRA-35 demonstration video

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