For Immediate Release
September 13th, 2010 – Malvern, PA – The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) announces its 2nd Annual Conference to be held from December 1st – 3rd, 2010 at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. 175 participants gathered for an impressively substantive conference last year, and this year’s event will be both bigger and better. What’s new this year?
• New host location – Tulane University
• Our first pre-conference session
• The new four-day Campus Threat Management Institute Track
• An opening reception sponsored by Health Management Systems of America, Inc.
• Two Keynote sessions
For 2010, the NaBITA Annual Conference will have two Keynote speakers who will be contributing to a conference strongly focused on the practical mechanics, administration and application of risk and violence assessments. The conference will open with law and policy expert Gary Pavela, J.D., addressing the question, “Should students at risk of suicide be dismissed?” Former FBI Agent Mary Ellen O’Toole will give the keynote presentation on the second day, focusing on the “Mission Oriented Shooter”.
The conference will feature the pre-conference session, two keynotes, nine invited speakers, 18 concurrent sessions, and several roundtable discussions. The Conference Committee expects this combination of learning formats will create a dynamic and progressive curriculum for participants.
NaBITA is also introducing its first Campus Threat Management Institute this year. NaBITA 2009-2010 President Brett Sokolow said, “Each year, we strive to expand programmatic events and learning opportunities for our members. This year, we have created our first NaBITA Campus Threat Management Institute, allowing participants to attain a Campus Threat Manager Certificate of Completion after four days of engaging, interactive training.” Designed as an annual event, the NaBITA Institute offers an intense level of depth and training for those charged with campus behavioral intervention and threat assessment responsibilities.
The NaBITA Institute runs concurrently with the NaBITA Annual Conference, and then continues for two additional days. Institute registrants will attend the NaBITA Conference, in a special track for Institute registrants. The Conference concludes after a closing lunch panel on Friday, December 3rd, and the Institute continues for the remainder of Friday the 3rd, all day on Saturday the 4th, and then concludes at 1:00pm on Sunday, December 5th, 2010. The Institute is capped at 35 registrants. With seven faculty members, the Institute has a 1:5 faculty/participant ratio, and participants will have individual and small-group opportunities to interact with each of the expert faculty members throughout the week.
NaBITA is an organization created to support and provide professional development in the field of behavioral intervention for team members in schools, colleges and workplaces. 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.
For more information, please visit www.nabita.org or contact NaBITA Associate Executive Director Samantha Dutill at (610) 993-0229 or Samantha@nabita.org