Talking BITs

Talking BITS will be held once a month on Fridays to bring NaBITA experts and colleagues across the country  together for an engaging discussion on BIT, case management, threat assessment, and school safety. Talking BITs are designed to be conversational, casual, and engaging so grab your favorite beverage* and make these Friday afternoons with NaBITA part of your socially distant but not disconnected routine!

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.

Upcoming Topics

Managing Post-Election Stress
Friday, November 6th: 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET

Host: Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.
Whatever way the election concludes, one thing is for sure, it will cause a great deal of stress for our students, faculty, and staff.  We are likely to see a spike in frustrations and problems on campus. With a Biden win, it is likely we will see a spike in angry MAGA voters and an increase in white nationalist rhetoric.  With a Trump win, it is likely to show an increase in depression, frustration, and increased BLM protests and COVID challenges. There are also concerns that the election may draw out due to the difficulty processing online ballots or delays with the current administration. Brian Van Brunt and David Denino will host this month’s discussion on the new normal following the elections.

Supporting Students During Breaks
Friday, December 4th: 2:00pm-3:30 pm ET

Hosts: Makenzie Schiemann, M.S. and Allison Frost
Join Makenzie Schiemann and Allison Frost as they discuss how to bridge support and services for students while they are home, or away from classes, during school breaks. This Talking BITs will explore the following:

  • How to determine whether to close a case, keep it open, or monitor the student
  • Strategies for bridging support for students during break
  • Supporting students as they reenter the semester and start classes
  • Strategies for using  parents, family, and friends as support systems


*No one is required to consume alcohol to participate in this event. We are simply attempting to create a casual atmosphere for discussion as people work from home. Anyone working from their office or participating on company time should consult their employer’s policies before consuming alcohol on the job. Always drink in moderation, please.

Talking BITs Recordings

Friday, August 14th: Helping via Distance

Friday, September 18th: Threat Assessment from Afar

Friday, October 16th: Running a Virtual BIT