Join Dr. Van Brunt for a monthly chat on topics related to threat assessment, mental health, and behavioral intervention. Audio Essentials are released on the first of each month and available for download, podcast, or video download. Each episode is about 10–15 minutes long and has a summary and list of discussion questions.
1. BIT Beginnings
What are some of the foundational concepts that are useful for colleges and universities to consider when they are starting a BIT? What should the team be named? Who should be on the team? How often does the team meet? What does a typical meeting look like? How should records be kept? What regulations govern record keeping and information sharing? What are some of the differences between four-year residential and community college BITs?
2. A BIT about Advertising and Marketing
Once the BIT is up and running, what are some of the best practices for sharing information with the community about how to make a report? What roll do passive posters and table tents, pamphlets and handouts, websites, social media pages, videos, and in-person lectures play in encouraging the community to share information with the BIT?
3. Risk Rubrics and Little Dogs
Assuming a college has a robust and successful advertising and awareness campaign for the BIT, how can that information be analyzed and used to feed into intervention decisions for the BIT? Labeling behavior in a consistent and research-based manner allows the BIT to develop interventions that are paired to the severity of the behavior in question. Brian will review the NaBITA threat assessment tool, the Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word (VRAW2), The Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), and the Extremist Risk Intervention Scale (ERIS).
4. Violence Risk and Threat Assessment 101
What is threat and violence risk assessment? How does this differ from psychological assessment? Should this be done on campus or with a provider off campus? What are the qualifications to perform a threat or violence risk assessment? What organizations offer certification in this process? What are some resources (books, articles and research) to learn more?
5. Social Media and Threat Assessment
One challenge facing BITs is assessing and intervening on social media threats. These occur more frequently following mass shootings and create fear, worry and confusions for the campus community when attempting to find the best way to rate the severity of the threat and choose how best to move forward. Trust the Violence risk assessment process and deepening the teams understanding of written threats can help address this challenge.
6. Role of the Counselor on the BIT
How do clinical mental health counselors interact with the BIT given limitations around privilege and confidently? What are some of the different ways college and universities define “counseling” and how does this impact information sharing with the team? What role does an expanded informed consent and release of information play in the setting of expectations about information sharing?
7. Resources with Feet: Case Management and the BIT
Students are often hesitant to seek resources when they are struggling. Case management is an approach to helping that looks at student behavior from a solution-focused, problem-solving manner. What are the advantages of having a dedicated case management department — a single case manager that works within student affairs, counseling, and/or student conduct? Should case managers be clinically trained? Licensed? How does this impact their information sharing with the BIT?