Responding to Students of Concern

Best Practices for Behavioral Intervention Teams

Topics: Student Affairs, Student Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Counseling, Student Health Centers, Alcohol and Drug Use, Student Experience, Special Populations, Academic Support Programs

Creating a Culture of Referrals

BITs Rely on Strong Network of “Eyes and Ears”

The Forum’s work illustrates that the first step in responding to students of concern is to create a culture of referrals. If no one knows about the BIT or the team is not getting referrals from the community, there is little chance of success. Research contacts suggest that a BIT can’t be successful in its work without partners on campus who can identify and refer concerning individuals.

At some institutions, these partners are narrowly defined as faculty, staff , and administrators while other schools use a broader description that encompasses students and parents as well as individuals in the local community.

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Understanding Your Current State

Reducing the Ripple Effect