When Did You Last Update Your Behavioral Intervention Process?
by Louise A. Douce, Ph.D. (The Ohio State University), Gregory T. Eells, Ph.D. (Cornell University), Ruben Robles (University of Redlands), and Lisa LaPoint (Academic Impressions)
After the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, most higher-ed institutions established behavioral intervention teams (BIT) to better manage potential issues of student and campus safety. But have you updated your BIT?
A lot has changed in recent years, including:
- Confidentiality limits and ways to work within them
- Formal processes and procedures for intervention and dismissal
- National and local standards for violence prevention
If you haven’t kept your team's processes and procedures up to date, your BIT may not be effective in keeping your students safe.
To help you pinpoint areas where your BIT may need improvement, we offer the worksheet below and the following interview with experts Louise Douce, Special Assistant for Student Life at The Ohio State University; Greg Eells, Associate Director for Gannett Health Services and Director of Counseling & Psychological Services at Cornell University; and Ruben Robles, Associate Dean of Student Life at University of Redlands.
Douce, Eells, and Robles suggest that there are three areas in which most BITs fall short:
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