As an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment and mental illness, Dr. Brian Van Brunt is here to keep your school or organization safe and help at-risk individuals access the care they need.
Brian is the Assistant Deputy Director of Training for Secure Community Network (SCN), the official homeland security and safety initiative of the organized Jewish community in North America. He oversees their training program and is involved in the assessment and instructional design of programs to keep the Jewish community safe from threat and violence. He continues to research and train on the concepts of threat, mental illness, CARE/BIT, and suicide.
Brian is available for consulting on issues of behavioral intervention, threat assessment, suicide prevention, diversity, equity and inclusion, site assessments, climate surveys and more. Having presented workshops, trainings and keynote addresses worldwide, Brian is ready to speak to your group on a wide range of topics and can tailor his address to your needs.
He will work with you and your organization to provide the information and training you need to maintain and safe and healthy community.
Brian is also the lead content expert for InterACTT, the International Alliance for CARE and Threat Teams. InterACTT is a collaborative group of like-minded professionals working to make your everyday work easier and more efficient. Our goal is to support your day-to-day work in counseling, disability services, student conduct, law enforcement, CARE and threat teams, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Writing and Research
Quality trainings start with quality research. Brian is dedicated to staying abreast of current best practice in all his work and studying trends and behaviors of at-risk and dangerous individuals. He has used this knowledge and research to write several seminal books in the field.
THESE RESEARCHERS MADE AN INCEL THERAPY GUIDE, BUT WILL INCELS REALLY LISTEN?
Understanding and Treating Incels
by Drs. Brian Van Brunt and Chris Taylor
Featured in MEL Magazine
How Has Covid Impacted Mental Health and Suicide?
Regarding the resurgence of White Supremacy: How did we get here, and what do we, as mental health professionals, do about it? This fast-paced interview course will help improve clinical understanding of the white supremacist violence movement, as well as discuss treatment approaches and prevention efforts. Dr. Van Brunt reviews both the escalation factors and protective factors for extremist violence, and identifies motivations and causes of this increase in extremist, violent ideology.
Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe three ways our current culture and the rise of social media have influenced the exposure to violent extremism; List three risk and three protective factors for extremist violence; Recite two therapeutic techniques that are useful when working with clients who express extremist ideologies
Target Audience and Instructional Level
This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory & Intermediate
Dr. Brian Van Brunt has worked in the counseling field for more than 25 years, and specializes in educational counseling, behavioral intervention and support, and issues related to mental health and alcohol/substance abuse by students. He served as director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is a partner with TNG and serves as the President of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment(NABITA). Dr. Van Brunt is also a prolific writer, having authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles. He has additionally produced various assessment instruments, video training materials, and is a blogger and photographer during his spare time.