Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development
Brian Van Brunt joined The NCHERM Group as Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development in January of 2013. He is past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), the president-elect of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and the managing editor for Student Affairs eNews (SAeN). 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 (OUD).
Dr. Van Brunt has presented hundreds of online training seminars and classes. These trainings have reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty at colleges and universes 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 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 PADI SCUBA, QPR suicide prevention, and BASICS alcohol education.
Dr. Van Brunt has taught at a number of universities and colleges over 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 and New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is the author of several books including: Ending 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 Pubic Radio, LA Times, USA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360. He frequently is an invited keynote speaker and has offered training to law enforcement, homeland security, FBI, college faculty, and staff. Dr. Van Brunt recently developed the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), a starting place for law enforcement, clinical staff and administrators to conduct a more standardized research-based violence risk assessment with individuals determined to be at an increased risk.
To connect with Brian or invite him to your campus, please contact Alisha DiGiandomenico, Assistant Vice President for Client Relations, at (610) 644-3387.
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
- Crisis De-escalation of Violent and Aggressive Students
- Danger to Others: Practical Skill Training in Threat Assessment
- Danger to Others: Management Approaches for the BIT
- Hazing, Bullying and Cyberbullying: Addressing Behaviors on Campus
- Bystander Intervention: What it is and How to Use it on Your Campus
- Alcohol Education Programs, Motivational Interviewing and Change Theory
- Teaching Drug and Alcohol Prevention to Students (for faculty, staff or students)
- Program Evaluations and Assessments: What they are and how to do them well
- Advanced Assessment: A Critical Student Affairs Skill
- Classroom Management (motivation, rude, entitled, technology misuse)
- Managing Danger in the Classroom (arguing, threatening, mental health crisis)
- Stress and Burnout Prevention (positive psychology, stress vs. burnout, flow theory)
- Supporting Non-Traditional Students: Creating an Environment for Student Success
- Hiring Faculty: How to Make Your Most Critical Decision
Residential Life Focused
- Resident Advisor Training: Best Practices and Essential Tools
- How to Supervise and Motivate Difficult Resident Advisors (RAs)
Student Affairs Focused
- Collaborative Budgeting and Programming within Student Affairs
- From Good to Great: Using Positive Psychology in Our Daily Work
- Responding to a Student Death: Theory, Procedures and Practice
- Working with Pushy Parents: How to Build Healthier Relationship