Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

Brian Van Brunt is a Partner in TNG, the President of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), and a past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA). He has a doctoral degree in counseling supervision and education from the University of Sarasota/Argosy and a masters degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State University.

Brian is a regular speaker for academic conferences around the world. He has presented dozens of workshops with the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), American College Personal Association (ACPA), Association of University College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.

Brian has presented hundreds of online training seminars and classes. These trainings have reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty members at colleges and universities across the country. He has developed remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention for Resident Advisors (RAs) through Magna Publications and created a behind-closed-doors style card game for resident advisors called RACE!. He developed a mental health crisis guide for study abroad advisors for the American Councils and has written textbook test banks and instructor guides for Pearson Education.

Early in his career, Brian provided case management services through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, coordinated involuntary psychiatric commitments for law enforcement and hospital emergency departments, offered medical care as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-R) and Ski Patrol member, and was a registered white-water rafting guide in the state of Maine. Brian is certified in QPR suicide prevention and BASICS alcohol education.

Brian has taught at a number of universities and colleges over the course of his career. He has offered classes in counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics, and sociology for both graduate and undergraduate students. Brian has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is the author of several books including: Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of DangerousnessEnding Campus Violence: New Approaches in Prevention and A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom. Brian is an expert on campus violence and has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, LA Times, USA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360. He is a frequently-invited keynote speaker and has offered training to law enforcement, homeland security, FBI, college faculty, and staff. Brian recently developed the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), a starting place for law enforcement, clinical staff, and administrators to conduct a standardized, research-based violence risk assessment with individuals determined to be at an increased risk.

“I find Dr. Van Brunt to be a valuable resource when it comes to behavioral intervention and threat assessment.  Not only does he provide excellent, first-hand insight into the process of BIT work, he is also very approachable when it comes to needing strategies or advice on how to further strengthen the work we are doing with our campus BIT.  His willingness to travel far and wide to deliver training and education on this topic is impressive.”

– Carlin C. Hale, M.S., LCPC; Counselor, Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, MT.

“Having Dr. Van Brunt spend two-days on-campus training our CARE Team provided the perfect springboard for the launch of our program. After spending months planning the implementation, Dr. Van Brunt was able to customize an intensive training to meet the specific needs our team, building our confidence and reinforcing best practices to get our team off to a strong start.”

-Amy N. Pennington, Dean of Students, Arkansas Tech University

“Brian Van Brunt has conducted multiple trainings on our campus, which is a Southern California Community College of over 20,000 students.  Not only did he provide our Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) with the full NaBITA Certification course, but he also customized a one-day program for all staff and faculty based on his book, “A Faculty Guide To Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior.”  Because of his mental health background, Brian is an excellent trainer for community college groups that face a lot of behavioral problems on campus that are rooted in students’ mental health issues.  He is an engaging speaker who uses humor kindly and appropriately to lighten some of the difficult situations that BITs face.  He is relevant, real, and above all compassionate.”

-Sylvia Worden, MSN, NP Associate Dean, Student Health Services Orange Coast College

“Santa Monica College found Brian Van Brunt to be so knowledgeable and compelling at a NaBITA certification course that we have brought him to campus multiple times.  Not only has he worked with our BIT team on a number of issues related to crisis prevention and threat assessment, but we included him in a recent faculty and staff professional development day to address classroom management issues and dealing with dangerous and disruptive students.  His workshops were well attended and received rave reviews.  Brian is a true expert in the field who is an engaging and conversant presenter!”

-Brenda Johnson Benson, Senior Administrative Dean, Counseling, Retention and Student Wellness, Santa Monica College

“When the Director of Security and I attended the BIT Best Practices in Temecula – we both knew that this was something our whole team needed to experience. I campaigned to bring Brian to SBCC and once we had all been through two days of intensive training the BIT team agreed that this was invaluable training. In fact, it was bloody brilliant.

I was the main go to in performing the SIVRA-35 prior to Brian’s visit. Now the whole team is trained in this important role. We are proud here at SBCC to have been voted #1 Community College in the nation and we want our BIT team to be first class. Now we feel that it is.”

-Darren Phillips, Santa Barbra City College BIT


Click here for Dr. Van Brunt’s CV and list of published works.

To invite Brian to your campus, please contact Jamie Kelly at or 610-993-0229 x 1016.

If you’d like to speak with Brian directly, please email




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For more information, please contact Megan Birster, Director of Client Development, at 610-993-0229, ext. 1015.


Threat & Crisis

  • SIVRA-35 certification for BIT members
  • CheckMate (rampage violence prevention)
  • Behavioral Intervention Teams (NaBITA tool training)
  • Threat Assessment for Administrative and/or Clinical staff
  • Working with Difficult People (motivational interviewing, customer service skills)
  • Crisis Management and Violence on Campus
  • Responding to Mental Health Emergences (suicide, threat, disorganized, delusional)
  • QPR suicide prevention certification training (Question, Persuade Refer)
  • Front Office Staff: Dealing with Emergencies, Threat and Difficulty People
  • Case Management: What it is and How to do it (creating position, notes, scope…)
  • Mandating Mental Health Referrals & Assessments: Conducting Them Effectively


Faculty Focused

Residential Life Focused

  • Resident Advisor Training: Best Practices and Essential Tools
  • How to Supervise and Motivate Difficult Resident Advisors (RAs)

Student Affairs Focused

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