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Services > BIST
Behavioral Intervention Support Team (BIST)

BIST, or Behavior Intervention Support Team, is a unique outreach program of Ozanam that provides consultation to teachers in hundreds of schools throughout the Midwest in order to create a positive change toward a safe and productive learning environment.

Please visit our BIST website at for more detailed information about training classes, pricing, outcomes, products for sale, and other helpful resources.

BIST's services are developed specifically for your entire school and can be applied to individuals, teams, or the entire faculty. Regardless of the exact nature of our work together, the process begins with a meeting of key people from your organization and BIST staff for an in-depth look at your situation. This is followed by an in-service to give your entire staff a feel for our philosophy and a look at our specific services. At this point we provide you with a recommended plan of action.

The Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) grew out of a desire to keep at-risk students in a community school. Our mission is to help teachers, administrators, parents and students learn techniques to effect positive change and create a healthy learning environment for all. We accomplish this through G.R.A.C.E. - Giving Responsibility and Accountability to Children in Education.

BIST offers training on topics such as:

  • Discipline Techniques
  • Partnering with Parents
  • Anger Management
  • Staff Support & Problem Solving
  • Girl Dynamics
  • ODD
  • PDD / Aspergers / Autism
  • Many more! View our complete list.

View our training calendar and register online!

BIST consultants are dedicated to creating a caring community in every learning environment. Our work with schools is carried out by a group of professionals which typically comprises educators, therapists, and social workers. Other specialists are called in as needed for participating schools and districts. Collectively, BIST staff represents more than 100 years of experience - much of it working with troubled teenage boys and girls at Ozanam as well as throughout the metropolitan area and nationally.

For more detailed information about pricing and availability, please visit or contact Heather Leap at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 816-508-3652. View a full list of BIST contacts.


Ozanam is part of Cornerstones of Care, a partnership of agencies providing therapeutic treatment services for children and families. Visit our Affiliations and Partners page to find out more.

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