K-12 BIT Basics Certification Course

Upcoming K-12 BIT Basics Certification Courses

  • No courses currently scheduled

This two-day course is designed for K-12 schools that are in the early stages of behavioral intervention team development or that do not yet have a team. The focus on this training is two-fold.

  • First, participants will understand the common best practices for team formation and operations.
  • Second, they will be given the practical, hands-on tools to return to their school and beginning the process of implementing a BIT.

While foundational in nature, this course offers much more than a basic overview of how a team functions. The material is designed to offer those forming a BIT in the K-12 arena the key skills needed to develop their team efficiently and with an eye towards effectiveness.

For more information about hosting a training event, please email events@nabita.org.



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

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