BIT Foundations Certification Course

Upcoming BIT Foundations Certification Courses

Course Description

This two-day course is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to develop a behavioral intervention team on their campus. While foundational in nature, the course offers more than a basic overview of how a team functions. The material is designed to offer a solid understanding of the NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams, as well as the skills needed to develop a team.  The learning goals for this training are as follows:

Participants will….

  • Understand the NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams.
  • Be able to engage in the three key phases of a BIT: gather data, assess, intervene.
  • Integrate foundational standards into operational procedures at their own institution.
  • Learn how to create a BIT on their campus which aligns with foundational standards.

Ideal Participants

This course is ideal for schools that are in the early stages of behavioral intervention team development, or that do not yet have a team. The presentation focuses on defining BITs, developing team names and mission statements, understanding foundational processes, etc. The course will provide participants with the skills they need to begin building a team, or improve a team in its infancy years.

Course Agenda

Day One:

Morning Session 1

  • History and philosophical underpinnings of behavioral intervention teams
  • Defining behavioral intervention teams, threat assessment, and prevention/early intervention
  • Overview of three phases of a BIT: gathering information, assessment, intervention
  • Team name and establishing the team on campus

Morning Break

Morning Session 2

  • Team structure: leadership, membership, and meeting frequency
  • Role of the Counselor on the BIT
  • Developing the team mission and scope

The importance of a policy and procedural manual and a team budget

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 1

  • Overview of objective risk rubric usage
  • The importance of a risk rating
  • Overview of violence risk factors
  • Introduction to The NaBITA Risk Rubric, the VRAW2, the SIVRA-35, and the ERIS

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Session 2

  • In-depth teaching on the NaBITA Risk Rubric
  • Understanding threat
  • Case study application of the tool and assessing threat

Day Two:

Morning Session 1

  • Defining core qualities of a threat assessment
  • Differentiating threat assessment from psychological assessment
  • When to conduct the assessment and who is best suited to do it

Morning Break

Morning session 2

  • Overview of intervention and management techniques from counseling theory, motivational interviewing, and change theory
  • Using a range of interventions connected to the risk rubric
  • Conduct, forced leaves, and academic standards


Afternoon Session 1

  • Discussion of ADA and 504 considerations and the direct threat test
  • Case example of recent ADA settlement
  • Case management as an intervention and support technique
  • Defining case management and who it serves
  • Advertising and marketing your team: teaching your campus what and how to report and marketing campaign ideas and examples

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Session 2

  • Advertising and marketing continued
  • Nurturing the referral source
  • Utilizing anonymous reporting
  • Recordkeeping
  • Team training schedule