Standards and Best Practices for Behavioral Intervention Teams Certification Course

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.  The learning goals for this training are as follows:

Participants will…

  • Create, improve and maximize BIT procedures in accordance with the NaBITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams
  • Be able to engage the three key phases of a BIT: gather data, assess, and intervene
  • Utilize an objective risk rubric to standardize the assessment of risk and development of interventions on all cases
  • Integrate NaBITA’s standards of practice into operational procedures at their own institution

Ideal Participants:

This course is ideal for schools seeking to bring their team in line with NaBITA’s standards of practice. Through open and interactive discussion, the presenters will engage participants in a discussion on the standards and strategies for deploying best practices for their team. Designed for both new and teams and for teams looking to formalize and improve their operations, this course contains content related to: defining BITs, using an objective risk rubric to all BIT referrals, developing appropriate interventions, utilizing mandated assessments, and marketing/advertising the team. This course allows more time for discussion and interactive case examples.


Day One:

Morning Session 1:

  • History and philosophical underpinnings of BITs
  • Defining BITs – Three phases of a BIT: gathering information, assessment, intervention
  • Prevention vs. Threat Assessment
  • FERPA and the BIT
  • Team Name and establishing the team on campus

Morning Break

Morning Session 2:

  • Team leadership, membership and meeting frequency
  • Role of the Counselor on the BIT
  • Team Mission and Scope
  • Team Policy and Procedural Manual
  • Developing a budget for the team

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 1:

  • Overview of objective risk rubric usage
  • Importance of a risk rating
  • Introduction to the VRAW2, SIVRA-35, and ERIS
  • Overview of Violence Risk Factors
  • Data related to gun violence

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Session 2:

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

Day Two:

Morning Session One:

  • 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:

  • Utilizing a range of interventions to respond to case by risk level
  • Conduct, involuntary withdrawals, and academic standards
  • Discussion of ADA and the direct threat test
  • Defining case management and who it serves
  • Case management as an intervention and support technique

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session 1: Advertising and marketing your team

  • Nurturing the referral source and utilizing anonymous reporting
  • Record-keeping
  • Team Training

Afternoon Session 2:

  • Viewing of Window Into BIT: A video simulation of a behavioral intervention team meeting to demonstrate team structure and process.
  • Video discussion

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


PLEASE NOTE: Certification refers to registration at a qualifying event; NaBITA cannot and does not assure individual attendees’ knowledge, expertise, or command of the material. NaBITA provides no guarantee that any registrant actually attended a qualifying event, listened to or paid attention to the content, acquired the intended learning outcomes, or is able to apply them. NaBITA disclaims any responsibility for the professionalism or competence of any particular or individual trainee, and by their attendance, registrants accept and agree that NaBITA and its trainers are not responsible for the errors, omissions, and/or negligence of registrants or their employers.

NaBITA reserves the right to record any of our courses. Participating indicates your assent to being recorded, and for that recording to be used by NaBITA for any purposes. If you prefer not to be recorded, please contact us once you register, and we will make arrangements for your participation without identification.