'Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting' Whitepaper Published by National Behavioral Intervention Team Association

MALVERN, Pa., April 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) is proud to announce the release of the 2014 Whitepaper, Threat Assessment in the Campus Setting. Co-authors include:

  • NaBITA Executive Director, Brett A. Sokolow, J.D.
  • NaBITA President, W. Scott Lewis, J.D.
  • NaBITA Past-President, Saundra K. Schuster, J.D.
  • NaBITA Advisory Board Member, Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D.
  • NaBITA President-Elect, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

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The NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool ("Tool") was first introduced in 2009. The Tool provides a rubric for behavioral and risk evaluation and helps create a common language for Behavioral Intervention Teams ("BITs"). It now commands respect as the tool most commonly used by campus behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams across the United States (Bennett & Lengerich, 2011; Van Brunt et al, 2012). Given the prominence it has achieved, the leaders at NaBITA are mindful of their ongoing obligation to update the tool, to validate it and assure that it continues to reflect best practices. While the NaBITA trainings and literature describing the use and application of the tool have evolved, this marks the first substantial revision to the tool itself, and an update of the 2009 Whitepaper that first introduced the tool to the field.

Interested in learning more about updates to the threat assessment tool? Co-authors W. Scott Lewis and Brian Van Brunt have recorded a 20-minute overview. This preview is free to access and download. Please click here and scroll to the bottom to "purchase" for $0 the recording Summer Updates: What's New with the NaBITA 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 that is used to assist BIT 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 or using similar methodologies.

In conjunction with the release of the Whitepaper, NaBITA is offering the following related events and products:

For more information, contact:

Samantha Dutill
Associate Executive Director

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