Behavioral Intervention Team
Summary of Purpose
To enable the College to intervene early and provide support and behavioral response to students displaying varying levels of disruptive, distressed, and disturbed behaviors. By members of the College community reporting behaviors that are concerning, the BIT will be able to reach out to individuals to intervene, provide support, and connect them with resources that can assist them.
Why should I be concerned?
As a member of the Clarkson College community, it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard the community. You are strongly urged to do your part by reporting any type of behavior that could be perceived as threatening to one or more members of the Clarkson College community. The BIT’s effectiveness depends on your commitment to the community.
What should I be concerned about?
While the following behaviors are presented to serve as a guide to help you discern whether or not to file a report with the BIT, the BIT also encourages you to trust your intuition. If your intuition is telling you something is wrong, don’t dismiss it - report it. You don’t need to wait for tangible proof. If you have a relationship with the individual, check-in with him/her to give you a better sense of the situation.
Examples of Physical Changes
- A dramatic change in energy level
- A dramatic increase in rate of speech
- Worrisome changes in hygiene or personal appearance
- Significant change in weight
- Noticeable cuts, bruises, or burns
- Self-injurious behavior
- Frequent state of alcohol intoxication
- Falling asleep in class or during other inappropriate times
- Erratic behavior
Examples of Emotional Changes
- Inappropriate emotional outbursts
- Increase in irritability (easily annoyed or angered)
- Increase in negative or self-deprecating talk
- Expression of hopelessness, fear, worthlessness, suicide or death
- Expression of distress, family problems, and other personal difficulties
- Exaggerated personality traits; for example, more withdrawn or more animated than usual
- Disorganized thinking
- Hyper vigilant or easily startled
- Suicide ideation
- Expression of threat to others
Examples of Academic Changes
- Deterioration in quality/quantity of work
- Missed assignments or exams
- Repeated absences
- Disorganized or erratic performance
- Decline in enthusiasm in class
- Sending frequent, lengthy, “ranting” or threatening types of emails
- Continual seeking of exceptions to deadlines
It is possible that any one of these examples, by itself, may simply mean that an individual is having an “off” day. However, if you continue to be concerned or unsure, please file a report with the BIT. Any one serious example or a cluster of small examples necessitates an intervention.
NOTE: In cases where a student’s behavior poses an imminent threat to you or another, contact 911 immediately.
Who can report a concern?
Anyone who feels an individual is a threat to themselves and/or the community can file a report to the BIT, including students, faculty and staff. To file a report, please complete the Clarkson College Referral Form.
How do I help?
The best way to help is to do something. If you are not willing to approach the person you are concerned about, file a report with the BIT. If you are willing to approach the person, please consider the following as conversation starters:
- “I’m concerned about you and noticed you haven’t been ____________. How are you feeling?” Individuals in distress want understanding and care. Listen with respect.
- “What would be helpful to you right now?”
- “Who can help you? Who usually helps you?”
- “How can I help?” However, try not to be the sole lifeline for the individual; get assistance and/or seek out resources even if it means breaking a confidence.
- “Are you thinking about hurting yourself?”
- “Have you considered suicide? How would you go about it?” Asking about suicide does NOT put the idea in people’s minds.
- “How would you feel about talking with a counselor? Let’s call right now.”
On campus Counselor – call 402.552.2694
Arbor Family Counseling – call 1.800-922.7379
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Call 911 if an immediate crisis.
What Not to Do
- Do not promise to keep the person’s thoughts of suicide/self-injury a secret.
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Do not suggest drugs and/or alcohol as a solution.
How do I report a concern and what happens after that?
Faculty or staff should immediately inform his/her Director or Vice President, if the Director is not available, of any concerning situation. Provide a summary of the situation and other pertinent information on the Clarkson College Referral Form. In this summary report, please provide observations of: 1) other’s reactions to the situation, 2) any threats or warnings, and/or 3) any disturbing written and/or verbal statements. Once you click the submit button on this report, the report will automatically be emailed to the BIT chair, Dr. Kris Hess. Dr. Hess will review the report and convene the BIT in a manner reflective of the urgency of the situation.
BIT Committee Protocol: After receipt and review of the report, the BIT team will
- Involve the Program Director on any student issue(s);
- Gather pertinent information;
- Evaluate information and serve as a liaison to obtain community resources to address student issues;
- Determine who will reach out to the individual of concern and ensure reach out occurred;
- Ensure plan is developed with individual to obtain help; and
- Be responsible for information feedback to Program Director. The Program Director will be responsible for feedback to the faculty.
- Monitor individual for 6 months
The BIT process does not replace faculty classroom management, disciplinary processes, and/or public safety responses to incidents.
Potential Outcomes of Reports
The BIT may:
- Recommend no action, pending further observation
- Assist faculty or staff in developing a plan of action
- Refer individual to existing on-campus support resources
- Refer individual to appropriate community resources
- Make recommendations consistent with College policies and procedures
All information should be considered confidential and not shared outside of the BIT unless the BIT deems it necessary to gain additional pertinent information to determine level of risk.
Who is on the BIT?
The following individuals comprise the BIT:
Dr. Tony Damewood, Vice President of Operations
Dr. Andreia Nebel, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Kris Hess, Director of Student Support Services
Julie Brummer, M.S., Counselor
Joe Councill, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, Faculty
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|Arbor Family Counseling||1.800.922.7379 (24 hour line)|
|WCA (Women’s Center for Advancement)||402.345.6555|
|Heartland Family Service||402.552.400|
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