Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide

Brian Van Brunt

Brian Van Brunt

Brian Van Brunt joined The NCHERM Group as senior vice president for professional program development in January of 2013, and currently spends most of his time providing consulting services to schools, colleges, and universities across the country and abroad on a wide variety of topics related to student mental health, counseling, campus violence, and behavioral intervention.

Dr. Van Brunt 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 universes across the country through on-site trainings, and remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention. He also created a card game for resident advisors called RACE!. Dr. Van Brunt recently developed the Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), a starting place for conducting more standardized research-based violence risk assessments with individuals determined to be at an increased risk. His Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Word (VRAW2) is an instrument used to assess emails, letters, writing assignments, or other text that contain threats of violence or concerning themes. He is also the creator of CheckMate, a rampage violence prevention program offered through NaBITA. Additionally, he created a series of training tools to help campus personnel in the management of a wide range of student mental health and behavioral issues. View Videos List.

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. He has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University.

In addition to authoring several books, he serves as the managing editor of Student Affairs eNews (SAeN) and has published numerous articles in academic, peer-reviewed journals and practice-based publications. Dr. Van Brunt also 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. View Publications List.

Dr. Van Brunt is past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), the president-elect and executive director of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), and former president of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). He has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Pubic 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, Dr. Van Brunt 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 traveling for work, he spends his time with his family, wandering the world, taking photographs, and blogging.

Last Updated: 2/12/21