Threat Assessment, Mental Health and Behavioral Intervention Teams
FREE Campus Safety Webcast originally recorded live on August 24th provides an overview of the composition and function of a Behavioral Intervention Team and find out the type of training BIT members should receive.
Do you know what to do when a student exhibits behaviors that are inappropriate or constitute a danger to themselves or others? Do you have a process in place to respond when a student exhibits behaviors that may be indicators of a mental health problem?
A Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multidisciplinary group that meets regularly and receives and tracks reports of disruptive, problematic, or concerning behavior or misconduct. The BIT also performs threat assessments and provides intervention, support and appropriate follow up. Whether used in a K-12, higher education or workplace environment, the focus of a BIT is on caring and prevention before an incident occurs.
This session will provide an overview of the composition and function of a Behavioral Intervention Team and make recommendations for the type of training BIT members should receive. An example illustrating mental health concerns, threat assessment, appropriate case management and community referrals will be shared.
Learning Objective 1: Attendees will understand the composition and function of a Behavioral Intervention Team and the type of training BIT members should receive.
Learning Objective 2: Attendees will identify effective strategies for assessing threats involving mental health problems.
Learning Objective 3: Attendees will examine the case management role of a Behavioral Intervention Team and identify appropriate interventions, responses and support resources.
About Our Guest Speaker: Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke
Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clarke is a clinical psychologist, mental health consultant, and retired psychology professor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Clarke worked as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient mental health settings, and served on the Colorado state board of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and as an executive officer for the Virginia and Rocky Mountain chapters of the Association of Black Psychologists. Her experience in higher education includes teaching psychology for 19 years at colleges and universities in Virginia and Colorado and serving as Director of Faculty Professional Development at Community College of Aurora and Associate Director of Career and Counseling Services at Christopher Newport University. Dr. Clarke is the author of “Do Something Different For a Change: An Insider’s Guide to What Your Therapist Knows (But May Not Tell You)” and “Doggie Tales: Lessons on Life, Love, and Loss I Learned From My Dog.” The host of the “Living Well with Dr. Peg” radio program, she also appeared for 4 years on Denver’s 9News Morning Show. She currently serves on the Behavioral Intervention Team at Community College of Aurora and is the President of Living Well Press, a mental health and wellness consulting and publishing company.