TESTIMONIALS

"Brian connects with faculty and student affairs professionals through his engaging storytelling and humor. Messages of equity and inclusion are woven through his trainings by reminding us to have compassion and empathy for students, understand our own struggles, and to treat students with kindness and respect. After having our entire CARE Team attend the NaBITA Conference and Threat Assessment Institute, we advocated to bring Brian to Hennepin Technical College to present on 'managing classroom disruptions and difficult students.' His presentation received enthusiastic reviews. I look forward to another opportunity to learn from Brian.”

— Jessica Lauritsen, Interim Associate Vice Provost of Enrollment and Student Affairs, Hennepin Technical College

"Brian was the keynote speaker at our state Texas School Counseling Association conference.  His presentation on threat assessment in the schools provided over 2,000 school counselors with timely, relevant information in a way that was engaging and left our audience wanting more. We had many, many members ask to have him back for a longer, more in-depth workshop so that they could dive in even deeper. I highly recommend Brian as a keynote speaker for any association similar to ours — he did a fabulous job!  Social media and the conference was buzzing afterward!"

— Lesley Casarez, Ph.D., Program Advisor, M.S. Professional School Counseling, Program Advisor, M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Angelo State University

"I have been working in academia for over 15 years and prior to that as an inpatient mental health director and I feel compelled to personally say "thank you" to Brian for the most insightful and engaging program (even on a Friday — ugh) I've ever participated in. No kidding! And I've never laughed so much! I learned a tremendous amount in those two days that I will certainly add to my practice, as well as to my personal relationships. I realized after this training, as many probably do, that I have unknowingly de-escalated many individuals over the years, both personally and professionally. And who can ever really measure to what end? You have sincerely inspired me to be better at all times; compassionately vigilant, and more importantly, visa-versa."

 — Liz Hoban, Health Services Coordinator, County College of Morris

"I attended NaBITA’s BIT and SIVRA-35 workshop in Stevens Point, Wisconsin in July 2018. Having just heard of NaBITA, Behavioral Intervention Teams, and the SIVRA-35, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The workshop was one of the best I’ve attended in my 34 years of working. The information Brian shared was fascinating and thought-provoking; and delivered in a thoughtful, well thought-out three days. Brian’s passion for instilling knowledge and providing resources to us was evident. Whether new to the subject entirely or new to an existing BIT team, or as a refresher for an intact BIT, Brian is the one to learn from. He not only "taught" us; he also shared his wisdom — and it all "came together" on day three with three 45-minute videos of Brian interviewing subjects — and participants scoring using the SIVRA-35. There aren’t enough adjectives to accurately communicate how much I enjoyed this workshop, and how impactful this was on me."

 — Kim Austin, Associate Director of Human Resources, Washington and Lee University

"I'm grateful I was able to attend NaBITA training this week. What a refreshing experience to have two days of instruction on a topic so dear to my heart that will make a positive difference on our campus and in our community. Your presentations were creative and engaging, and I appreciated learning practical strategies that we can implement immediately in our BIT. The information challenged some of my biases and presuppositions, and prompted me to think more carefully about how each decision will impact all of the people involved in our cases. That ethic of care, so expertly woven throughout your instructional materials, was the most valuable takeaway from the training. We must consider the longer-term ripple effect of each decision to be better stewards of campus safety. I have always believed that compassionate human connection, experienced in a community of warmth and respect, is truly healing. If I can contribute to the cultivation of that healing atmosphere through my role on our BIT, my job will be serving a higher purpose."

— Kelly Steed, Psychology Instructor, West Georgia Technical College

 

“Having Brian Van Brunt come to North Central College's campus and speak on best practices and techniques for case management and intervention and also on the SIVRA-35 assessment tool allowed my already strong Behavioral Intervention Team to become that much stronger. I really appreciate Brian's caring and humanist, yet compliant, approach to work that can be challenging and taxing to both those who perform case management and to the students/families involved in the intervention efforts. The NaBITA Case Management and Intervention and SIVRA-35 certification courses, along with Brian's sound guidance, have truly helped better prepare my team for this complicated and important work.” 

— Kevin McCarthy, Associate Dean of Students, North Central College

“When our university decided to create a Care Team a couple of years ago, we chose NaBITA, the leading authority in the country, to help us in this important work. NaBITA's reputation as THE place to turn to on issues surrounding Behavioral Intervention Teams no doubt comes from Dr. Brian Van Brunt's work in behavioral intervention and risk management. Brian is a psychologist who not only has the education and training necessary to do this work, but whose breadth of experience in higher education means that he understands the day-to-day work of university life. His down-to-earth presentation style and sense of humor make this very serious work approachable to Behavioral Intervention Team members, no matter what their discipline. Brian is able to reach and connect with any audience. There is not a single person I know and trust in this work more than him.

— Dr. Michael LaFarr, Executive Director of Health & Wellness, Brandeis University

“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 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 course 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 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 the #1 community college in the nation, and we want our BIT to be first class. Now we feel that it is.”

— Darren Phillips, Santa Barbra City College

“What a pleasure to have Dr. Brian Van Brunt come to Diablo Valley College to provide a two-day intensive BIT Foundations course. We are in our infancy at DVC in developing a CARE (Behavioral Intervention Team), so this training was instrumental to moving us to the next level. Participants were engaged from the minute Dr. Van Brunt started his presentation to the very end. Dr. Van Brunt is knowledgeable about behavioral intervention strategies and threat assessment, and he provides tangible examples that participants could easily relate to in an engaging manner. We had a diverse group in the room representing a variety of areas on campus, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We are so grateful to have Dr. Van Brunt’s expertise and look forward to working with him and The NCHREM Group in the future.”

— Emily Stone, Dean of Student Support Services, MBA, E.d.D Candidate, Diablo Valley College

Dr. Van Brunt has been the guidepost for much of what our team practices in assessing threat, risk for violence, and addressing care needs for students of concern. His ability to communicate effectively and inspire our team to think deeply and in different ways has transformed our work. While we still have much to do in developing our team practices and policies, we are confident that we are on the right track and look forward to a continued relationship of mentoring and training with Brian.

— Lori Meehan, Student Conduct Administrator/Behavior Intervention Team Case Manager, 
The Community College of Baltimore County

“We sought out Brian Van Brunt after consulting with him on some situations here at Shenandoah University. We found Brian to be responsive, intelligent, calming, and reasoned. So, when we were assessing our Behavioral Consultation Team after five years working together, we decided to reach out to Brian. He assessed our team and did a day-long training for us. Here are some of the comments from our Shenandoah University colleagues that we received about Brian:

 

‘Dr. Van Brunt was an experienced, informed, accessible, and encouraging consultant in the complex and often intimidating topics of campus threats and behavior intervention strategies. He successfully demystified the subject matter for me conceptually and gave me practical tools to use. I feel empowered and more confident in the topic area which is an important part of my job at SU.’

 

‘I liked Dr. Van Brunt's speaking style, and his ability to teach important and serious content while using humor effectively to make things memorable and comfortable.’

 

‘I am inspired to approach situations with more empathy and less reaction, even when the student wants something out of my power.’

 

I would add that Brian was able to connect to each person, speak to their situation, and give them a different perspective and rational, practical ways to respond to situations that may cause us to be reactive and not at our best. Brian was compassionate, encouraging, knowledgeable, and patient in giving us a creative way to imagine a more improved process for our team.”

— Rev. Dr. Justin Allen, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Dean of Spiritual Life, and Director of the Institute for Church Professions, Shenandoah University

“I’ve worked with Brian for a number of years, while working at a private four-year, college and now at public two-year community college. After developing our early alert/BIT, the first thing I did was reach out to NaBITA to have Brian train our group. He’s such an excellent and engaging presenter, with an incredible ability to tailor his message to meet his audience regardless of their knowledge level, role on campus, or age. After having our BIT attend the foundations training, I felt it was critical to have Brian come to campus and provide broader training and education to our counselors and faculty. He did not disappoint. Brian is a delight to work with and is one of the best in the business!”

— Andre V. Coleman, Dean of Counseling and Student Success, Sacramento City College

 

“I cannot say enough kind words about Brian. His warmth, humor, expertise, and dedication to our field is unparalleled; having the opportunity to consult with this highly respected professional is a privilege. Our BIT recently contacted Brian for a consultation on a complicated case. We had been struggling with a student just on the border of conduct violations due to mental health concerns; however she had never really crossed that line warranting disciplinary intervention. We had no ‘hook’ that would allow us to get her the help she needed, but her behaviors continued to escalate. Our team tried various approaches, and often disagreed regarding the correct course of action. We were stuck. Then someone suggested we contact Brian, who had previously done trainings on our campus and had provided consultation on difficult cases. Brian was able to offer clear and concise direction, and our team was able to put into practice his suggestions. Given that Brian is so well respected by our team, his perspective helped smooth over the differing opinions and opened the door for needed intervention. We are lucky to have him as a resource!”

— Lina Ladyzhenskaya, Case Management Coordinator, Santa Monica College

 

“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

“Brian came to our main campus and addressed a diverse group of faculty and staff, introducing them to the NaBITA tool and the VRAW tool. We were all so impressed with his workshop! He was super engaging, and his case studies and examples were outstanding! He really took the time to understand our audience and helped them walk away with tangible takeaways that they can use in their real world work with students.”

— Carolyn A. Scott, Dean of Students, Lake-Sumter South Lake Campus

 

“We invited Dr. Van Brunt because we have a very active BIT team, and as the Chair, I wanted my BIT colleagues to have a better understanding of the NABITA content, since I was the one who brought the NABITA-based BIT model to this institution when it hired me a year ago and after I had attended one of his former trainings at Orange Coast College. In addition, we invited Dr. Van Brunt because we were certain that he would be able to educate our colleagues with regard to the mission and purpose of the BIT in a very effective way. Dr. Van Brunt is more than a skilled presenter and an expert in the area of behavioral intervention; he is an incredible source of information and a wealth of knowledge. During his visit, our group was privileged to be exposed to his effective style of communication and expertise. Dr. Van Brunt’s storytelling style, humor, and most of all, professional demeanor, made the material relatable to all participants. Dr. Van Brunt made us think, reevaluate, and most of all, understand our roles both as educators and student services professionals.” 

— Dimitrios Synodinos, Associate Dean, Student Life, Los Angeles Trade Technical College

 

“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

 

"It was a tremendous institutional step for the American University of Beirut (AUB) to bring an expert from the U.S. to Lebanon to certify our new Equity & Title IX network — and critical that we get it right. Brian Van Brunt was a perfect choice. A phenomenal listener and astute guide, he was able to sustain interest and engage a diverse group of faculty and key administrators from across campus for nearly three days, a rather remarkable feat in itself. Brian deftly navigated the complexity of the context and institutional culture, and facilitated thoughtful discussions that allowed participants to benefit from the experiences and expertise of colleagues. In the words of one, 'I learned in the training to think deeply about the process.'

— Trudi Hodges, Equity/Title IX Coordinator, American University of Beirut

"I had the pleasure to attend a two-day NaBITA training session offered by Dr. Brian Van Brunt. His presentation delivery is remarkably relaxed, inviting, and engaging. For such a weighty topic, he helps the audience wrap their minds around it and walk away with a working strategy! His examples are captivating. The video scenarios offer an excellent opportunity for hands-on practice of the threat assessment tool. By far, one of the best training sessions I have ever attended!"

— Pamela J. Segers, Program Director, Criminal Justice, & Emergency Management Specialist, North Georgia Technical College

"Brian Van Brunt has been the inspirational leader that has shaped HSACCC (Health Services Association-California Community Colleges) in our approach to Behavioral Intervention Teams in our colleges/districts in California. He has presented in the past at our conferences and most recently at the 2018 Annual HSACCC Conference. His information is always relevant, his knowledge base immeasurable, and his style of presenting down to earth. His passion for NaBITA is evident and he is highly respected by HSACCC. We continue to seek him out to enlighten us with his expertise. I can’t say enough about Brian. The work he does is invaluable, there is no measure. In light of all the tragic events that are going on in our nation, he is the beacon that inspires campus communities to create an environment of caring."

— Michelle Barkley, MS, PHN, BSN, RN, College Nurse, Cosumnes River College

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