Motlow CARE Team receives national award

 The Motlow Crisis Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team recently received the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association’s (NaBITA) 2018 Best Practices Institutional Impact Award at the NaBITA Conference in San Antonio. Pictured above are Motlow CARE Team members, from left, Dr. Phyllis Adams, professor of communications; and far right, Kirsten Moss-Frye, dean of students. With Moss-Frye and Adams is Dr. Chip Reese, NaBITA president, and assistant vice president for student affairs, and dean of students, at Columbia State University. Photo provided.

The Motlow Crisis Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team recently received the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association’s (NaBITA) 2018 Best Practices Institutional Impact Award at the NaBITA Conference in San Antonio. Pictured above are Motlow CARE Team members, from left, Dr. Phyllis Adams, professor of communications; and far right, Kirsten Moss-Frye, dean of students. With Moss-Frye and Adams is Dr. Chip Reese, NaBITA president, and assistant vice president for student affairs, and dean of students, at Columbia State University. Photo provided.

The Motlow State Community College Crisis Assessment and Risk Evaluation (CARE) Team recently received the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) 2018 Best Practices Institutional Impact Award for evidenced-based institutional impact.

The award, presented during the opening of the 2018 NaBITA Conference in San Antonio, reflects the efforts of the Motlow CARE Team in developing a workshop that results in better assisting students to find and utilize support services to promote and improve their well-being.

The ultimate goal is student retention, based on intervening as early and as often as we can to help students be successful, before a crisis occurs.
— Kirsten Moss-Frye, dean of students

“The ultimate goal is student retention, based on intervening as early and as often as we can to help students be successful, before a crisis occurs,” said Kirsten Moss-Frye, dean of students at Motlow. “The CARE Team is designed to find the resources needed to help students, but if the community it serves doesn’t know the Team’s purpose, or how to access it, then it’s a moot point. Our communication plan is a result of the team’s awareness of this critical factor. From this we developed a workshop to not only establish the credibility of the Team, but also to provide the campus community with details of the reporting process along with practice scenarios to apply the new knowledge.”

The workshop provides fundamentals for assisting students and focuses on the importance of reporting when concern arises for a student’s well-being.

The Motlow CARE Team designed the workshop as a foundation to assist the campus community in finding the resources needed to help students. “We know that our BIT (Behavioral Intervention Team) is only as successful as the colleagues who successfully use it,” added Moss-Frye. “What makes this workshop meaningful is that the Team recognizes the need to educate the College’s community, not just ourselves.”

NaBITA is an organization for the support and professional development of behavioral intervention team members. The award is intended to recognize a practice or program that can be modeled by other institutions as a best practice and has been shown to have significant evidence-based impact on the originating institution. These practices or programs can be those that are specific to the functioning of a BIT or which serve to educate, provide interventions for, or reduce risk among target populations.

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.

In March 2017 the Tennessee Board of Regents updated its policy concerning BITs, mandating that its colleges create a BIT to “provide caring, preventive early intervention with students and employees whose behavior is disruptive or concerning and additionally to consult with faculty, staff, and students reporting behaviors of concern.”

The Motlow CARE Team initially reviewed the reporting system, and as cases began to come in, created a flow chart to reflect practical processes. Each case gave the team more awareness of the communication processes needed to assist students in finding and utilizing support services.

“I am honored to serve with such a competent and courageous CARE Team under the stellar leadership of Dean Moss-Frye,” said Dr. Phyllis Adams, Motlow professor and CARE Team member. “This honor is truly representative of the inclusive excellence of Motlow. To know that our institution is intentional as we educate today’s scholars in a safe, sound, and supportive environment is just another example of the College’s commitment to education threat assessment and behavioral intervention.”

Dr. Adams accompanied Moss Frye to the annual NaBITA conference to receive the award.