BCC’s Behavioral Assessment Team is committed to promoting a safe and welcoming campus through a pro-active, collaborative, and thoughtful process in addressing the diverse psycho-social, emotional and behavioral needs of our students.
What does a Behavioral Assessment Team do?
Our purpose is to assist students experiencing behavioral or emotional stressors by assessing their needs and referring them to the appropriate support services. Our team meets twice monthly to review student issues and follow-up on any concerns.
The team is comprised of the following members:
VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Staff Assistant of VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment, Personal Counselor, Director of Student Engagement, Director of Safety and Security, Director of Recreational Services, and an Academic Dean. Our team is intentionally comprised of members of diverse areas of the college with expertise in areas that will best support our students.
What if it is an emergency?
CALL 9-1-1 and SECURITY 413-499-4660 ext. 6100
If a student is at imminent risk, and is attempting to seriously hurt themselves or harm someone else, possesses a weapon, or their behavior is out of control — you should call 911 immediately, followed by Security at 413-499-4660 EXT. 6100.
What are some of the reasons I would notify the Team?
Generally, you would notify the Team if you are concerned about a student. It may be something you notice in them behaviorally or it could be that you have a “gut feeling” that they are in distress. Please see our brochure, Reaching Out to Students in Need — a Guide for Faculty & Staff.
There are often warning signs for stress which become more evident over time. If you notice a significant change in a student’s behavior, you can submit an incident report (an online form will be available soon) or notify the chair of the team, Michael Bullock at 413-236-1601.
Some of the possible warning signs are:
Changes in academic performance
Depressed or appearing tired
Not attending classes on a regular basis
Significant changes in appearance or hygiene
Disruptive or agitated behavior
Sleeping in class
Appearing anxious and not able to focus
Loss of contact with reality (psychosis)
Concerns about domestic violence
Significant alcohol or substance use
What else could I do to be helpful?
- Talk to the student and share your concern.
- Be direct and specific — “I’ve noticed you seem really down lately; you don’t seem like yourself.”
- Listen with sensitivity and offer hope.
- Refer student to one of the resources listed below.
- If you are on campus, walk with the student to the appropriate resource.
It will be more helpful for the student to connect with resources other than you as their only connection. Your role is to serve as a bridge to foster these connections.
BCC Personal Counseling
413-236-1609 or 413-236-1605
VP of Student Affairs, Michael Bullock
413-499-4660 EXT. 6100
Disability Resource Center
413-236-1608 or 413-236-1605
Office of Student Life
413-236-1662 or 413-236-1660
Berkshire County Crisis Team, Brien Center (Mental Health Crisis)
413-499-0412 (available 24/7)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (available 24/7)
Berkshire Medical Center Emergency
911 or 413-447-2000 (available 24/7)