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NaBITA (National Behavioral Intervention Team Association)



Norco College is hosting the NaBITA Conference August 15, 16 & 17, 2017. The conference includes a BIT Best Practices Certification Course and SIVRA-35 Training.

As low as $900 per person with Early Bird Special


Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday
August 15-17, 2017

EARLY BIRD: Prior to June 1, 2017
DEADLINE: July 24, 2017


Behavioral Intervention Teams for Schools, Campuses, and the Workplace

The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) is an organization for the support and professional development of behavioral intervention team members.

NaBITA is committed to providing education, resources and support to professionals in schools and in the workplace who endeavor every day to make their campuses and workplaces safer through caring prevention and intervention. Our goal is to create safer campus and workplace environments where development, education, and caring intervention are fostered and encouraged. We welcome you to attend our conference and learn more about its history of mutual support and shared learning.


Now that your team is up and running, you must ensure that it is operating at maximum effectiveness. Do you need to increase your team’s proficiency and benchmark your practices against best practices?

NaBITA has designed this certification to give your team the insights it needs to go to the next level, provided by the national experts who have led the charge toward behavioral intervention from the start. Your faculty helped implement the CUBIT model at more than 700 college and university campuses. Attendees will have the opportunity to spend two days with colleagues and national experts who can address your questions, commiserate with your challenges, and share creative solutions to move your team forward.

Participants will be furnished with comprehensive materials and resources on a private website. Additionally each participant will also receive a NaBITA Certificate of Completion. More importantly, you’ll have a chance to spend two days with colleagues and national experts who can address your questions, commiserate with your challenges, and share creative solutions to move your team forward.


9:00am to 11:00am – Introduction

  • BIT Overview, Comparative models for BIT, Threat Assessment and Violence Risk Assessment
  • Incorporating violence risk assessment as a team function
  • Importance of prevention and early identification
  • Developing a team mission, components of risk, pathway to violence
  • Focus on student-based risks, as well as faculty and staff
  • Performing interventions and assessing for effectiveness
  • Integration with campus risk management programs and risk mitigation strategies

11:00am to 11:15am – Break

11:15am to 12:30pm – Team Function/Formation; BIT Integration in Prevention Efforts

  • Key elements in Threat Assessment
  • Case management in higher education
  • Demographic team information structure/formation based on NABITA 2014 survey
  • Nurturing the referral source
  • Marketing the team and teaching community to identifying behaviors of concern
  • Training and educating the community on what to report and how
  • Record keeping
    • Developing comprehensive databases
    • Longitudinal monitoring
    • Identifying behavior patterns and trends

12:30pm to 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm to 3:00pm – Advanced Topics/Team Operations

  • Utilizing mandated psychological assessment
  • Best practices for voluntary and involuntary medical/psychological leaves
  • Voluntary and involuntary withdrawals
  • Groupthink and conformity

3:00pm to 3:15pm – Break

3:15pm to 5:00pm – Advanced Topics/Team Operations

  • Normalizing and rationalization
  • Expanding team responsibilities
  • Understanding leakage and social media threat
  • Making appropriate use of data mining, listening platforms and social media
  • Team cultural sensitivity: diversity, micro-aggressions and minority populations


9:00am to 11:00am – Understanding the NaBITA Tool

  • Threat assessment within the BIT model
  • Using formalized protocols of explicit engagement techniques and strategies
  • Distinguishing targeted/predatory violence vs. affective violence

11:00am to 11:15am – Break

11:15am to 12:30pm – Three Rubrics in One

  • The D-Scale and mental illness
  • The generalized risk rubric and understanding threat
  • The nine levels of hostility and violence

12:30pm to 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm to 3:00pm – NaBITA Tool

  • Case study application of the tool

3:00pm to 3:15pm – Break

3:15pm to 5:00pm – Advanced Topics/Team Operations

  • Case study application of the Tool


More and more campuses are looking to in-source the capacity to perform violence risk assessments by behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams. The Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) is a thirty-five-item inventory designed by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., that is used to assist Behavioral Intervention Team members and clinical staff in conducting a more thorough and research-based violence risk assessment. The SIVRA-35 is designed to assist with individuals identified as elevated, severe, or extreme risk by the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool (available for free at or using similar methodologies.

The SIVRA-35 can be used as a structured questionnaire or can be scored to provide the assessor a low, moderate, or high rating of risk for a range of behaviors including:

Direct Communicated Threats

  • Social media picture postings that involve a weapon being brandished
  • Bullying or intimidating behavior (may include both the target and the perpetrator of these behaviors)
  • Disruptive behavior that includes threatening gestures, physical intimidation or aggressive outbursts
  • Potential “off color” jokes or veiled statements: “I should blow this place up!”, “I’m going to go off like that Korean kid at V-Tech.”
  • Threatening writings or drawings

Observable Behaviors/Language/Factors

  • Para-weapon or dangerous material possession like airsoft guns, the Anarchist’s Cookbook, swords, knife collections, etc.
  • Psychotic, delusional or schizophrenic talk: “I am Hitler/Jesus”, “The people in the chairs don’t swim like the others”, “I can’t cry on Tuesdays”
  • Disruptive behavior that is perceived as overly rude, entitled or includes threatening gestures, physical intimidation or aggressive outbursts
  • Odd, strange or concerning writings or drawings
  • Bloody or violence-filled tattoos
  • Lack of empathy or objectification of others

Contextual Environmental Factors

  • Obsessional pursuit and stalking
  • Return to campus following involuntary commitment or hospitalization
  • Rapid change in previously upsetting behavior without explanation
  • Elevated “contagional” response regarding other extreme events

The New Orleans Interviews
The New Orleans Interviews consist of two video trainings to help student affairs professionals and those interested in threat assessment better understand the practical, hands-on techniques used in an assessment. This online training was created to demonstrate the principles of threat assessment evaluations for counselors, conduct administrators, law enforcement, and campus administrators who are members of a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). The New Orleans Interviews are an excellent source for tabletop training exercises and training materials for the BIT and campus counseling services.


9:00am to 11:00am – How to Approach Risk

  • Structured Professional Judgment
  • Introduction to Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment 35 (SIVRA-35)

11:00am to 11:15am – Break

11:15am to 12:30pm – SIVRA-35

  • Case examples and items 1-35 and overview of Checkmate violence prevention program

12:30pm to 1:30pm – Lunch

1:30pm to 3:00pm – The New Orleans Interviews

  • The case of Stacie, video training and discussion

3:00pm to 3:15pm – Break

3:15pm to 5:00pm – The New Orleans Interviews

  • The case of Dustin, video training and discussion


Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of risk factors related to rampage violence and how this research can be helpful in forming an accurate threat assessment.
  • Review thirty-five common risk factors on the SIVRA-35 and understand how to apply these during a threat assessment process.
  • Explore how the SIVRA-35 can be useful as part of an overall threat assessment approach with at-risk students on a college campus.
  • Explore how the SIVRA-35 can be used through the use of case studies and interactive discussion within the workshop.
  • Review how the SIVRA-35 is used to assist with case management practices and treatment decisions following an initial scoring.
  • Discuss practical application issues related to the SIVRA-35 and how it can work in conjunction with other threat assessment tools. Participants will explore the nature of structured professional judgment and scenario planning as it applies to identifying and managing threat on a college campus.
  • Review the motivations, dis-inhibitors and environmental factors that help contribute to understanding the formulation of violence risk.
  • Discuss ways to better manage at-risk students on campus through developing case management and treatment plans to address at-risk behavior.
  • Explore the nature violence in terms of threat assessment principles, risk factors and management and referral techniques.
  • Review key factors and behaviors related to rampage campus violence and understand how to intervene and report these behaviors.

$3,250 Per School (1 to 2 PEOPLE)
$4,500 Per School (3 to 5 PEOPLE)

$3,500 per School (1 to 2 PEOPLE)
$5,000 per School (3 to 5 PEOPLE)

Please send all inquiries to 

PHONE: 951-372-7046
FAX: 951-372-7184

EARLY BIRD: Prior to June 1, 2017
DEADLINE: July 24, 2017

Make all checks payable to Norco College and mail to: 2001 Third Street ATTN: Health Services, Norco, CA 92860.   Please indicate “NaBITA Conference” on the check and envelope if applicable.

All registrants will receive a confirmation via email including a map, and parking permit. If confirmation is not received, or there is an error, please contact the conference coordinator. For “Early Bird” eligibility, registration must be complete by June 1, 2017, and payment received by June 15, 2017 for discount to be applicable.