PreK-12 BIT Basics Certification Course

Upcoming PreK-12 BIT Basics Certification Courses

This two-day course is designed for PreK-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 PreK-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

NaBITA is now accepting proposals for 2019! Please download the 2019 Request for Proposal and Response Document for more detailed information and submission instructions.


CARE Team Foundations – Early AM (typically 8:30-10am)

  • What is BIT and Threat Assessment
  • Review three phases of BIT (data gathering, analysis, intervention)
  • Marketing and advertising the team
  • Who should be on the team? Team membership, formation, membership and mission
  • Discussion of team scope (current students, parents, peers, staff/faculty)
  • Limits of information sharing under state confidentiality law
  • Meeting length and content
  • How to create a yearly training schedule
  • The importance of using the conduct process to address behavior

Review of Tools – Early AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • The use of a research-based risk rubric to guide interventions and reduce legal risk
  • Threat assessment vs. psychological assessment
  • New online versions of NaBITA threat assessment tool and VRAW2
  • Detailed review of the NaBITA threat assessment Tool with case examples
  • Discussion of where to use the VRAW2, ERIS and SIVRA-35

Practical Application – Early PM (typically 1:00-2:30)

  • Five case examples to demonstrate team process and use of tools
  • Suicide, Aspergers/ASD, Written Threats/social media, Aggressive behaviors, Extreme mental health behaviors (psychosis/bi-polar)

Option 1: Bias awareness and Microaggression – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  • Discussion of how bias impacts team communication, assessment and training
  • Review of common forms of bias and how to mitigate
  • Discussion of microaggressions and how to educate the community

Option 2: Three Prong Approach – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  1. Prong 1: Classroom community building, resiliency and grit
  2. Prong 2: Crisis De-Escalation: Review of disruptive and dangerous behaviors, knowing thyself and keeping calm, cool and collected, building a Rapport and Bridge of connection, Motivational Interviewing techniques, Prochaska, Norcross and Diclemente Transtheoretical Change Theory, Covey and 7 Habits, Glasser and Reality Therapy, Ellis and REBT
  3. Prong 3: Importance of team referrals after acute crisis management Day 2


CARE Team Next Steps – Early AM (typically 8:30-10am)

  • Review of team formation, mission and process
  • Review of three phase process (data gathering, risk rubric, intervention)
  • Detailed discussion of team advertising
  • Assessment of team, development of end of the year report
  • Addressing team bias and blind spots; parental and community involvement

Option 2.1: Violence Risk Assessment of Written Word (VRAW2) – Late AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • Five factors to assessment written threats, concerning creative fiction and emails
  • Case review and application of scoring for VRAW2

Option 2.2: Extremist Intervention Risk Scale (ERIS) –  Late AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • Discussion of terrorism, radicalization and extremism as it relates to threat
  • Review of protective, risk and mobilization factors; scoring approach to ERIS

Option 2.3: Introduction to the SIVRA-35 –  Late AM (typically 10:15-12:00)

  • Review 35 risk factors for targeted violence
  • Discussion of how to score the SIVRA-35

Option 3.1 SIVRA-35 Video Demonstration – Early PM (typically 1:00-2:30)

  • SIVRA-35 video demonstration (Stacie and Dustin)
  • Application of scoring

Option 3.2: Social Media and Threat Assessment – Early PM (typically 1:00-2:30)

  • Developing a “goldilocks” approach to social media threats
  • Building capacity to search for keywords and monitoring
  • Detailed case examples of social media threat

Option 4.1: Case management and Intervention Essentials – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  • Review of case management as a position and philosophy
  • Building rapport, staying solution focused and goal directed
  • Essential qualities counseling techniques
  • Case examples to include academic challenges, suicide and threat

Option 4.2: Team Documentation – Late PM (typically 2:45-4:30)

  • Addressing the importance of documentation
  • Developing consistency through a scribe or training
  • Qualities of a good note and bad note
  • Developing a quality assurance program

Interested in hosting? Please download the 2019 Request for Proposal and Response Document for more detailed information and submission instructions.