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Dr. Brian Van Brunt


Brian is the National Director of Behavior & Threat Management for D-Prep Safety, where he trains K-12 schools, colleges, universities, law enforcement, and workplace on issues related to threat assessment, crisis preparedness, crisis response, emergency operations, behavioral intervention, mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion.

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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.

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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). View presentations & trainings list.

He has reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty at colleges and workplaces across the country through on-site and virtual trainings, and remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention. 

Brian 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. He has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University and a graduate professor at the University of Toledo.

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In addition to authoring several books, he has published numerous articles in academic, peer-reviewed journals and practice-based publications. Brian also 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. View publications list.

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Brian is past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and former president of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). He has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, LA Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360.

He has a doctoral degree in counseling supervision and education from the University of Sarasota/Argosy and a master’s degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State University.

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. He is certified in PADI SCUBA, QPR suicide prevention, and BASICS alcohol education.

When he’s not working, he spends his time with his family, wandering the world, taking photographs, and blogging. He recently published his first novel, Wolf Howling, with two more in the series coming soon.

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