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At-Risk Students and Behavioral Intervention

At-Risk Students & Behavioral Intervention

 

 

LAVC faculty and staff, please see the updated internal webpage on SharePoint.

What is a Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)?

The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a multi-disciplinary team responsible for assessing and responding to serious but non-immediate, non-emergency student issues. The BIT addresses disruptive or concerning student behaviors that could lead to harm to self or others or threaten the safety of the campus community if not addressed. The BIT reviews referrals made by faculty and staff and develops strategies for student support, intervention, and situation management.

The BIT does not replace calling the Campus Sheriff when threats to personal safety or property occur. If you are aware of an emergency, immediate threat, or safety concern, call (818) 947-2911

Referring a student to BIT does not mean that the student will be “in trouble.” Student discipline procedures or other actions will only be taken if absolutely required. Our primary goal is to provide holistic support and connection to resources and services to respond to students in crisis and contribute to a safe and supportive campus community.

The BIT works with LAVC’s Helping Hands/Basic Needs Center and refers students to the LACCD Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as needed. The Helping Hands/Basic Needs Center at Los Angeles Valley College is now offering an expansion of basic needs services that includes support for food, housing, technology, financial, transportation, personal hygiene, childcare, mental, physical, medical resources, and any related needs. 

Students in need of basic needs support can fill out the LAVC Basic Needs Submission Form.

Reports of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct should still be directed to Acting Associate Dean Cecilia Cruz at cruzc3@lavc.edu.

Any questions about BIT can be sent to bit@lavc.edu.

How Can I Recognize Students in Distress?

LAVC faculty and staff now has access to free, online, interactive, and research-proven training simulations are designed to educate our faculty, staff, and students about best practices in supporting:

  1. Students who struggle with psychological distress including depression and suicidal ideation,
  2. LGBTQ students who are struggling due to harassment or exclusion, and
  3. Student veterans who are facing challenges in adjusting to college life.

Each training takes 30-60 minutes to complete and is structured as a virtual practice environment where users learn by engaging in interactive role-play conversations with emotionally responsive student avatars.

How to Access Free Training Simulations for Faculty/Staff

The following suite of trainings is available at no-cost to all California community college faculty and staff. These trainings are made available to all California community colleges through the CCC Student Mental Health Program, a partnership between the Chancellor's Office and the Foundation for California Community Colleges funded through a grant from the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).

At-Risk Training for Faculty logo   LGTBQ Training for Faculty logo   Veterans Training for Faculty logo

Stressed Students:

How You Can Help Students in Distress

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware of the amount of stress students are experiencing and its negative impact on their health and academic performance.

To address this concern, we have adopted an online training simulation that will assist you to better identify and refer these students to support services on campus. [College] highly recommends that you take this 45 minute course, which is already in use at hundreds of colleges and universities.

 

LGBTQ Students:

How You Can Help Create an Inclusive Campus

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware that LGBTQ students may be struggling due to harassment or exclusion, and the negative impact it has on their health and academic performance.

To address this concern, we have adopted an online training simulation that will help build a community of respect, inclusion, and support for LGBTQ students. In this 30 minute interactive role-play course, you will learn how to address discriminatory language, how to talk to a student who chooses to discuss their LGBTQ identity, and how to identify when a student may be distressed and refer them to support.

 

Student Veterans:

How You Can Help Create a Supportive Campus

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware of the unique challenges facing student veterans, and the negative impact it has on their health and academic performance.

To address this concern, we have adopted an online training simulation that will help all of us to better support our student veterans. In this 30 minute course, you will learn about common transitional stressors that a student veteran may experience, what resources are available on-campus for student veterans, and how to help a student veteran who's struggling.

Professional development credit is available. There is a Certificate of Completion available once each training has been completed.

To take any of the available courses, follow the instructions below:

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