11th Annual NaBITA Conference

November 11–13, 2019
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
in Bonita Springs, FL

Please contact NaBITA at conference@nabita.org for questions. 

Please Note: NaBITA does not work with any Hotel Travel Agencies. Reservations for hotel accommodations should be made with the hotel directly. 


Call for ProposalsConference Sponsors and Exhibitors | Conference ScheduleConference Speakers 

Conference Registration | Pre- and Post-Conference Opportunities | Scholarships | Roundtable Discussions

Awards | Hotel & Conference Location | NaBITA Policies | Contact the Conference Committee


The Annual NaBITA Conference is the leading conference in the field of higher education threat assessment and behavioral intervention. Since our first Conference in 2009, we have provided a space for valuable, sustaining dialogue for professionals from various disciplines who are engaged in the essential function of behavioral intervention in schools, on college campuses, and in corporations and organizations.


Call for Proposals

The NaBITA Conference concurrent sessions will be held Tuesday, November 12th &  Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 in Bonita Springs, FL.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Concurrent sessions are 75 minutes long
  • We are seeking concurrent sessions which present information in the following areas:
    • BIT/CARE Team best practices
    • Innovative practices or programs
    • Research related to BIT/CARE Teams
    • Assessment or interventions related to specialized populations
    • Threat, crisis, or violence prevention, assessment, or intervention best practices
    • Model mental health support or case management practices
  • Selections will be based on the following criteria:
    • Relevance to the topics of behavioral intervention, mental health, violence prevention, threat assessment, model programs, and case management
    • Completeness, detail, and professionalism of the proposal
    • Evidence‐based, promising, and innovative model programs/practices are welcome
    • Engaging format, presenters, and/or concepts
  • You are encouraged to submit multiple proposals
  • If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the conference site and the printed conference program. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme, and style of the presentation.

Call for Proposals were closed on Friday, August 2, 2019. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, August 14th, 2019.

Session Snapshots

  • Session snapshots will allow presenters the opportunity to give a brief, 10 minute overview of an innovative program or practice at their institution.
  • The entire session snapshot block is 90 minutes long, and the accepted session snapshot presenters will rotate, each presenting for 10 minutes.
  • The session snapshots are designed to highlight an innovative program or practice, and provide participants with key takeaways which they can apply to their own campuses.
  • We are seeking session snapshots which describe an innovate program or practice related to BIT/Care Teams, case management, threat assessment, mental health, or interventions and support.
  • If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the conference site and the printed conference program. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme and style of the presentation.

Call for Proposals were closed on Friday, August 2, 2019. Submitters will be notified by Wednesday, August 14th, 2019.


Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Become a Sponsor and Exhibitor

Thank you for your interest in becoming a conference sponsor and/or exhibitor. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get your brand and/or services in front of more than 500 behavioral intervention team members and campus practitioners as they come together in common purpose and exploration of best practices for campus safety.

Please click here to be directed to the Sponsor and Exhibitor Application 

The Sponsor and Exhibitor application deadline is Friday, September 13th, 2019! Please review our Sponsor and Exhibitor Brochure for information on sponsoring levels and exhibit schedule.

Email our team at conference@nabita.org for interest and inquiry next steps and we will evaluate each additional opportunity request on a case-by-case basis post application closure.


Conference Schedule

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The conference will begin the evening of Monday, November 11th with an opening keynote and welcome reception. Tuesday, November 12th will include a variety of concurrent and featured sessions, as well as roundtables and optional events, such as receptions. The conference will conclude with another featured session and mid-morning closing keynote on Wednesday, November 13th.

Pre-conference opportunities will be available Sunday, November 10th & Monday, November 11th; additional fees apply. Post-conference opportunities will be available Wednesday, November 13th-Friday, November 15th; additional fees apply.

Tentative Conference Schedule

  • Sunday, November 10th & Monday, November 11th, 9am-5pm: Pre-conference Opportunities
  • Monday, November 11th, 7:00pm: Opening Keynote & Welcome Reception
  • Tuesday, November 12th: General Conference Sessions
  • Wednesday, November 13th, 9:00am: Featured Sessions & Closing Keynote
  • Wednesday, November 13th-Friday, November 15th: Post-conference Opportunities

Conference Attire

Attire for all NaBITA events is business casual. Rooms are air-conditioned and can be chilling in the mornings especially. Average temperatures for Bonita Springs in November range from 63°F to 81°F.


Conference Speakers

Please note that speakers do not necessarily represent the viewpoints of NaBITA leadership and may present controversial material.

Opening Keynote | Closing Keynote | Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote

Interventions with Individuals in Crisis and Crisis Communications
Kevin R. Briggs, Sergeant, California Highway Patrol, Ret.

Every year in the United States there is an ever-increasing number of suicides. In 2017 the number of individuals who lost their life to suicide was over 47,000.  This surpasses homicides (17,284) and vehicle traffic fatalities (40,100) in this country.

By learning the signs that an individual may be contemplating suicide, and how to effectively communicate with that individual, there is a much greater chance of preventing a suicide. Utilizing active listening skills, focusing on listening, normalization and validation, it is suggested the number of those contemplating suicide can be reduced.

Kevin Briggs, while employed as a California Highway Patrol Officer from 1990-2013, spoke to well over 200 individuals contemplating suicide by leaping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Briggs will present on how he helped the vast majority change their thoughts about suicide.

Closing Keynote

Cultural Responsiveness in Challenging Times: Uplifting the Agency, Grit, and Behavior of Students and Professionals
Anindya Kundu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Scholar, NYU Steinhardt

Dr. Anindya Kundu is excited to provide attendees with a primer on the concepts of agency and grit to uplift the behavior of our student and professional stakeholders. A sociologist by training, Anindya brings the lens that behavior is largely a product of one’s environment and many external factors; however, as interveners and mentors, there is much we can do to improve our surroundings and mindsets, as well as those of people around us. Dr. Kundu is also excited to share segments from his continued research on the success of students from very challenging backgrounds, highlighting how basic cultural responsiveness can be incorporated in various contexts to help others navigate the many, difficult obstacles in their lives. Dr. Kundu will discuss the types of social supports that can help all individuals grow their agency and grit, reminding us that teaching, learning, and cultivating relationships are collective responsibilities. Attendees will leave with takeaways for playing a more active role in the development of others.


Featured Speakers

The 11th Annual NaBITA Conference features presenters chosen for their topical expertise by the conference committee. The conference committee also invites those with promising models, valuable experience and professional expertise to share your knowledge in our concurrent sessions.

Suicidal Students on Campus: Liability Management and Behavioral Intervention Teams
Carolyn Reinach Wolf, J.D., Executive Partner and Director of the Mental Health Law Practice, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP and NaBITA Past-President

When it comes to managing suicidal students on campus, there are numerous legal, policy and confidentiality questions, among others. Due to the high volume of attendees and positive response to similar sessions on this topic at previous conferences, this Featured Session is a review and continuation of those programs. This session will cover the issue of the legal liability of the college/university for a student’s suicide including an analysis of the “special relationship” requirement using case studies and case law. We will examine recent case law across the country where courts decide whether a university and/or its agents can be held liable for the student’s suicide. As suicide rates are rising, especially among special student populations, it is more important than ever to ensure that the college campus and its members are aware of their role and responsibilities when it comes to student suicide. We will explore the role of Behavioral Intervention Teams and review federal laws (ADA, FERPA, HIPAA, etc.) as they relate to student suicide. Lastly, we will review risk management practices such as parental notification and suicide prevention protocols.

BIT and Section 504/ADA
Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG and NaBITA Past-President 

Public and private colleges are subject to oversight by the courts and OCR for disability-related discrimination. Students with mental health issues often exhibit behavior that creates concerns and are reported to your BIT. Stu- dents with mental health issues are likely to have a qualifying disability either by diagnosis and documentation, or by our regarding the student as such. In these cases, the student is protected by both 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and ADA. This session addresses the requirements and contours of disability issues as it impacts your BIT and the student conduct process. This program explores the legal and best practice implications of the Section 504 Direct Threat standard and the way in which it impacts BIT-based decisions. It will also address the philosophical implications of separating versus retaining students who have actual mental health and or disability conditions.

The Role of the Counselor on the BIT
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA and NaBITA Past-President; Kim Pacelli, M.Ed., J.D., Associate, TNG; and Erin Halligan-Avery, Ph.D., Director, Wellness Programs and Service, Rochester Institute of Technology

The expertise and experience of a counselor on the BIT is critical to the team’s efficiency and ability to connect students with support. This program is designed to identify the types of counselors that exist in higher education, how and when counselors can share information, and the appropriateness of sharing health-related notes. This program will identify strategies associated with effective BIT participation by counselors, specifically addressing concerns related to confidentiality. The program outline will focus on presenting information for group discussions, case examples, and opportunities to identify areas for your BIT’s improvement.

Overcoming Bias in BIT Data Gathering and Assessment
Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA and NaBITA Past-President and Tanyka M. Barber, J.D., Associate, TNG

Everyone has some level of prejudice and bias.   The key is to recognize it and take steps to mitigate its impact on your BIT. This session will help participants explore their own level of cultural competency and bias from a personal and broad perspective.  This session will also discuss ways to mitigate its impact on BIT data gathering, assessment and team dynamics.

Session Snapshots
Moderated by
 Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Executive Director, NaBITA and NaBITA Past-President

 This session will allow presenters the opportunity to give a brief 10-minute overview of their ideas and research to session attendees. This session will be shared between several presentations, rotating through each group as they provide a snapshot within a 10-minute allotted timeframe. The session snapshots are designed to highlight an innovative program or practice, and provide participants with key takeaways which they can apply to their own campuses.

We are seeking session snapshots which describe an innovate program or practice related to BIT/Care Teams, case management, threat assessment, mental health, or interventions and support. If your program is selected, the presentation abstract provided in the application will be included on the conference site and the printed conference program. Please make sure the abstract clearly conveys the objective, theme and style of the presentation.

The NaBITA Risk Rubric and BIT Process
Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG and NaBITA Past-President; W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, TNG and NaBITA Past-President; Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Associate Executive Director, NaBITA and Associate Consultant, TNG; and Jamie Molnar, LMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Higher Education Consultant

The NaBITA Risk Rubric has enjoyed broad acceptance at hundreds of schools with thousands of staff members. First created in 2009 and updated in 2014, the newly revised Risk Rubric has increased clarity around the various scales and interventions, broader depth of research support for D-Scale items, affective violence, mental health, and environmental stress, as well as a focus on low level referrals and early intervention efforts.  Join us for a discussion of BIT foundational issues and review of the new changes to the NaBITA Risk Rubric. The presenters will also assist participants in applying this tool to triaging risk and moving towards consistent and appropriate interventions.

The Intersection of BIT and Title IX
Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., President, TNG and NaBITA Past-President and Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Associate Executive Director, NaBITA and Associate Consultant, TNG

There is obvious intersection between sexual assault and BIT, as well as any other type of harassment or bullying. But where is the formal intersection? Should the Title IX Coordinator be on the BIT? What about the Deputy Coordinator? If they are in some other capacity, how should they manage the many roles? This session will address these intersections and other issues surrounding core and inner circle membership on a BIT.

The Art of Engagement: Using Motivational Interviewing During Challenging Student Conversations
Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC, The Change Place, Psychotherapy, Training and Consulting

Effective decision-making for BIT and Threat Management Teams depends on a variety of factors, including the quality of the information gained from interviews with at-risk students.  Even the most experienced professional can be challenged during these conversations since students often enter these interactions guarded, angry, hopeless and fearing for the worst. Motivational interviewing (MI) offers professionals a practical, common sense style to engage students in difficult conversations through a caring, empathic and collaborative approach. This program will offer participants a brief overview of MI theory and principles,  specific early interview MI engagement strategies, skills to respond more effectively to the reactive student, and ideas for structuring interviews that both elicit needed information, while also respecting the student’s readiness to move into more difficult topics.

Case Management in Practice
Saundra K. Schuster, J.D., Partner, TNG and NaBITA Past-President; W. Scott Lewis, J.D., Partner, TNG and NaBITA Past-President; Makenzie Schiemann, M.S., Associate Executive Director, NaBITA and Associate Consultant, TNG; and Jamie Molnar, LMHC, Licensed Psychotherapist and Higher Education Consultant

Ever wonder what case management looks like in action? Join NaBITA’s leaders on case management as they provide practical skills and techniques for implementing case management services. This session will deliver an overview of high-impact case management practices as well as key strategies for working with specific student population. Using an interactive format, participants will watch video demonstrations of case management services in action and then engage in discussion with the presenters and fellow participants regarding the skills and techniques demonstrated in the video.


Conference Registration

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Conference Registration Rates

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Early Bird Rates (Register by Friday, August 30th, 2019)

  • NaBITA Member: $499
  • Non-NaBITA Member: $599

Regular Registration Rates (Register by Monday, October 28th, 2019)

  • NaBITA Member: $599
  • Non-NaBITA Member: $699

Late Registration Rates (Register after Monday, October 28th, 2019)
Please note that any late registrations must be paid by credit card. Invoicing will not be available. 

  • NaBITA Member: $749
  • Non-NaBITA Member: $874

Conference registration fee includes the attendee welcome reception, continental breakfast, morning beverage service, and afternoon snack breaks each day. Additionally, all exhibitor materials, conference session materials, and NaBITA developed supplemental materials are also included. All other meals, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. A separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance.

Registration fees apply to all attendees, including retainer clients, super and premium membership categories, and all concurrent session presenters. 


Pre- & Post-Conference Opportunities

General conference attendance is not required to attend a pre- or post-conference event. Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. A separate registration and fee is required for the general conference attendance. You do not need to attend the conference to attend a pre- or post-conference.

Pre-Conferences

Sunday, November 10th & Monday, November 11th, 2019, 9am-5pm daily

Post-Conferences

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, 2pm-5pm, Thursday, November 14th, 2019, 9am-5pm, & Friday, November 15th, 2019, 9am-12pm

Please click here to register online.
Please click here to register by cheque.

Pre- and post-conference registration fee includes course registration, printed materials, all items listed above, certification, light continental breakfast, and morning and afternoon beverage services. All other meals, including lunch and dinner, lodging, and transportation costs are the responsibility of the participants.

Conference registration is not included in any pre- or post-conference training opportunities. Separate registration fee is required for general conference attendance. You do not need to attend the conference to attend a pre- or post-conference.


Roundtable Discussions

Roundtables are an opportunity for focused, informal conversation with colleagues who are working through many of the same issues on their own campuses.

  1. Partnering with Law Enforcement
  2. Working with Faculty to Manage Students in Distress
  3. BIT Recordkeeping
  4. BIT and Admissions Reviews
  5. Marketing and Educational Strategies
  6. Protests and the BIT
  7. Working with Suicidal Students
  8. PreK-12 BIT

Apply for a Scholarship

In service to the field, NaBITA welcomes the submission of scholarship applications for the upcoming Annual Conference and NaBITA Training Courses as part of our pre-conference and post-conference opportunities. These scholarships aim to assist our colleagues in their professional development and commitment to their chosen profession.

Scholarships will be awarded to applicants based upon written responses to application questions. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded, and submission of an application does not mean a scholarship will be awarded. The receipt of a scholarship award in previous years does not preclude applicants from submission for or receipt of a scholarship.

Scholarship applications were closed on Friday, August 9th, 2019.  Submitters will be notified by Friday, August 30th, 2019.


Awards

The NaBITA Conference Committee is excited to announce that it has developed two awards for best practice and research in the field of behavior intervention. The first is the Best Practices/Institutional Impact Award – to recognize a practice or program that can be modeled by other institutions as a best practice and has been shown to have significant evidence-based impact on the originating institution. The second award is Innovation in Research and Publication – to recognize research that is innovative in its topic, methodology, or program(s) studied. The research can be specific to the functioning of a BIT or programs that serve to educate, provide interventions for or reduce risk among target populations. Selected winners will be honored at the national conference, presented their award, and included or highlighted in The Journal of Campus Behavioral Intervention (J-BIT).  

Best Practices/Institutional Impact Award

This award is intended to recognize a practice or program that can be modeled by other institutions as a best practice and has been shown to have significant evidence-based impact on the originating institution. These practices or programs can be those that are specific to the functioning of a BIT or which serve to educate, provide interventions for, or reduce risk among target populations.

Innovation in Research and Publication Award

This award is intended to recognize research that is innovative in its topic, methodology, or program(s) studied. The research can be specific to the functioning of a BIT or programs that serve to educate, provide interventions for or reduce risk among target populations.

Award nomination applications were closed on Friday, August 9th, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by the Awards committee, and applicants will be notified of acceptance/rejection by Friday, August 30th, 2019.


Conference & Training Event Hotel and Location

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
5001 Coconut Rd
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
(239) 444-1234

Please Note: NaBITA does not work with any Hotel Travel Agencies. Reservations for hotel accommodations should be made with the hotel directly. 

The NaBITA discounted room block closes on October 21, 2019. Reservations made after October 21st will be subject to the going rate and based on availability. Please make your reservations early.

Block rate per night (evenings of November 9th to November 15th)

Single Double
Run of House  209.00  209.00

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Please note that the room block prices exclude the tax of 11%.

Transportation

AIRPORT

The Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is a 20-minute ride from the Hyatt. For more information, please visit https://www.flylcpa.com/.

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION

LB Transportation, located at the resort, provides airport transfers to RSW International Airport, located just 14 miles or about a 20 minute drive from the hotel. The airport serves the Southwest Florida Region of Naples and Fort Myers.

Reserve Transportation
Starting at $45

PARKING
Self-parking is included for all NaBITA attendees who are a guest of the hotel.
Guest self-parking: $16/Overnight
Guest self-parking (max $16): $2/Hourly

Valet Parking
With in/out privileges: $25/Overnight
With in/out privileges: $12/Daily

More information on transportation options can be found on the hotel website, located here.


NaBITA Policies

Guests with Special Needs

For attendees that require ADA accommodations or meal accommodations based on medical or religious requirements, please contact conference@nabita.org.

Refund Policy

NaBITA understands that circumstances change and events may arise that prohibit your ability to attend an event after you have registered. NaBITA will allow another individual from your institution to attend in your place OR you may attend a future NaBITA event with an equivalent registration rate. If you do not wish to send someone in your place or attend a future training event, your registration will only be refunded based on the schedule below.

Registration cancellation by June 21, 2019 = 100% refund

Registration cancellation by July 19, 2018 = 75% refund

Registration cancellation by August 23, 2019 = 50% refund

Registration cancellation by September 20, 2019 = 25% refund

Registration cancellation after September 20, 2019 = no refunds

For more information on the NaBITA Annual Conference, please contact conference@nabita.org, or via phone, at 484-321-3651.


Contact the Conference Committee

For more information, please contact the NaBITA Conference Committee at conference@nabita.org or 484-321-3651.