Brian is available to conduct on-campus trainings, off-site seminars, and more. Listed below are his current program offerings. For more information, please use the Contact page to get in touch with him. 

Title: Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35)

Time: Varies

The Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35) is a 35-item inventory designed by Brian, that is used to assist Behavioral Intervention Team members and clinical staff in conducting a more thorough and research-based violence risk assessment. The SIVRA-35 is designed to assist with individuals identified as elevated, severe, or extreme risk by the NaBITA Threat Assessment Tool. The SIVRA-35 can be used as a structured questionnaire or can be scored to provide the assessor a low, moderate, or high rating of risk for a range of behaviors. See which schools use the SIVRA-35.

Title: Managing the Disruptive or Dangerous Student for Staff 

Time: 90 minutes

The training will identify the examples of rude, entitled, unmotivated, aggressive, disengaged, or aggressive students, and share practical advice on how to de-escalate the immediate crisis and move such students towards solution. Examples will be drawn from a variety of areas, including mental health crisis, aggressive and threatening behavior, and suicide. This program will be most useful for front office staff who have direct involvement with students. 


Title: Managing the Disruptive or Dangerous Student for Faculty 

Time: 90 minutes

The training will identify the examples of rude, entitled, unmotivated, aggressive, disengaged, or aggressive students, and share practical advice on how to de-escalate the immediate crisis and move such students towards solution. Examples will draw from veteran, non-traditional, and international students, and cover classroom outbursts. 

Title: Learning to Float: Addressing Stress and Burnout 

Time: 90 minutes

This training will review the common stresses experienced by faculty and staff in their daily work. The presenter will discuss the difference between stress and burnout during the first half of the presentation, and then review practical ways in which the audience can learn to be more hopeful, productive, solution-focused, and re-invigorated in their daily work. Concepts and theories including positive psychology, flow theory, transpersonal change theory, and optimism will be explored. 

Title: Understanding Microaggressions and Bias

Time: 90 minutes

This presentation will define microaggressions, the unconscious manifestations of privilege that contain the potential to further negatively impact marginalized groups on campus. Examples related to gender, culture, race/ethnicity, mental health, generational differences, physical disability, and sexual orientation will be given. A five-step process for addressing microaggressions will be shared as well, along with a discussion of good/bad apologies, how to avoid the perfection problem, intent vs. impact, bias, and cultural humility. 


Title: Managing Technology Misuse in the Classroom

Time: 90 minutes

This training is for faculty members who are frustrated with the misuse of technology in the classroom. The presentation will be discussion-oriented and focuses on developing innovative practices to engage students and reduce the potential for conflict by setting clear expectations, developing technology breaks, and understanding the challenges of working with millennial and post-millennial students. 


Title: What Staff and Faculty Should Know about Title IX

Time: 90 minutes

This training will provide an overview of Title IX and the role of college and university faculty and staff in prevention and intervention related to sexual assault and other forms of gender-based harassment. The presenter will discuss recent trends in sexual violence on college campuses, confront common myths about these issues, and discuss the relationship to broader campus climate concerns.


Title: Sexual Assault Prevention & Interventions: How to Handle Disclosures from Students

Time: 90 minutes

This session focuses on what to do if a student reports a sexual assault, relationship violence, or another incident of gender-based harassment to faculty or staff. Drawing on scenarios from actual incidents, participants will leave with advice, resources, and ideas for how to better support students experiencing sexual violence.


Title: Addressing Sexual Violence, Bullying, and Aggression: Implementing Bystander Intervention On Campus

Time: 90 minutes

Participants will discuss how and why bystander education is an effective tool for the prevention of violence and discrimination on the college campus. Participants will learn the basic steps associated with bystander intervention and other strategies of importance for a successful bystander program.


Title: Addressing Asperger’s in the Classroom and around Campus

Time: 90 minutes

This workshop offers a foundational understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (more commonly known as Asperger’s Syndrome) and how behaviors related to ASD can be disruptive around campus and the classroom. The presenter will offer concrete examples of how to work with students on the spectrum and address potential crises before they occur. Practical advice will be shared on how to make appropriate referrals to campuses services. 


Title: Veterans on Campus

Time: 90 minutes

This workshop will review some of the challenges and opportunities found in working with veterans in the classroom. The presenter will discuss some common errors and assumptions we may make about veterans, and offer guidance on how to be helpful and make appropriate referrals. 


Title: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Time: 90 minutes

This workshop will review the signs and symptoms of suicide and offer clear and practical advice related to how to intervene and refer a student to help. Discussion of risk factors for suicide, how to ask the suicide question, and how to ensure appropriate referral will be reviewed. This program is primarily designed for non-clinical staff who work on the front lines with students around campus. 

Title: Building Resiliency and Improving Student Retention

Time: 90 minutes

With the transition and adjustment to college, students are faced with new challenges that can be debilitating to their college success if they do not have the appropriate coping skills and supports. For some student groups, such as first-generation college students, students with disabilities, underrepresented student populations, and military veterans, this is combined with additional obstacles to persistence and success in college. This session discusses strategies for helping students develop “grit,” and integrating programs and services to promote student wellbeing and retention.

Title: Supporting ADA Accommodations Beyond The Classroom: Manageable Solutions For Student Affairs

Time: 90 minutes

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets up a process for students with disabilities to seek help from their institutions. Reasonable accommodations are often offered in the classroom setting to put such students on even footing with their peers. These include access to increased testing time, a note-taker, and alternative assignments. There are also accommodations recommended for mental health and medical disabilities that reach well beyond the classroom.  This program will address some of common requests and outline how student affairs professionals can address and manage these accommodations.

Title: Mastering The Millennial In 7 Easy Steps

Time: 90 minutes

Much has been written in recent years about the challenges of working with millennial students in the classroom, in residence halls, and within administrative offices such as the registrar, financial aid, and academic affairs. Millennial students have a unique way of seeing the world and often have high expectations of how others should work for them. Millennials also have the distinction of being seen as being hard to work with and engage, while also being and passionate and technologically savvy. This seminar is designed to assist faculty and staff members to better understand and motivate millennial students in and out of the classroom.