Team Training Template

Engaging in regular ongoing training on issues related to BIT functions, risk assessment, team processes, and relevant topical areas is a key function and best practice for behavioral intervention teams (NABITA — Advisory Board, 2018). Team training ensures that BITs continue to grow and progress, ensuring that team members are well-trained for their responsibilities on the team. Equally important to training on BIT-related content is engaging in team-building activities, which promote a trusting and communicative team that can operate seamlessly across the various BIT processes.

Team training should be ongoing, occurring at least monthly throughout the year. While annual attendance at retreats and conferences is helpful, teams ought to push beyond the once-a-year approach and engage in growth opportunities throughout the year. Teams frequently mentioned a lack of training to do quality work as their team’s biggest weakness (Schiemann & Van Brunt, 2018). This lack of training was consistently related to a limited budget for training (Schiemann & Van Brunt, 2018). While a budget is certainly a standard of practice and can assist in securing high-quality training, not all team training efforts require the team to spend large
sums of money. For example, teams report using books, journals, and self-led tabletop exercises as methods of training, all of which are low-cost or free (Schiemann & Van Brunt, 2018). Most commonly, teams use webinars
and conference attendance to train their teams (Schiemann & Van Brunt, 2018). While these methods do require at least some budget, they are also higher quality, rooted in best practice, and provide more in-depth
training to teams.

This Team Training Template provides teams with a framework for engaging in ongoing, regular training built around the NABITA Standards for Behavioral Intervention Teams. By following this guide, teams ensure that

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