Brian Van Brunt, M.S., Ed.D.

Partner, TNG; President, NABITA

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral Intervention

Risk Management Solutions

Title IX

Threat Assessment

Highlighted Trainings

Health Services Association of the California Community Colleges

Threat Assessment of a Middle School Student. Invited video demonstration at the American Counseling Association Conference, Montréal, QC, Canada.

College Counseling in the United States, and Introduction to Behavioral Intervention Teams. 8th Biennial Symposium on College Counseling and Guidance, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey.

Threat Assessment with SIVRA-35 and VRAW. Two-day training with the Austin Police Department and Austin Community College System.

Advanced Two-Day Threat Training on Social Media and the SIVRA-35. MD Anderson Cancer Center/University of Texas, Houston, TX.

Behavioral Intervention Team Foundations and SIVRA-35 Threat Assessment. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.


Understanding and Treating Incels: Case Studies, Guidance, and Treatment of Violence Risk in the Involuntary Celibate Community

An Educator’s Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing: Social Media, Email, and other Narrative

A Staff Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior on Campus

Brief BITs: Tabletop Trainings for the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)

A Guide to Leadership and Management in Higher Education

BEST BITs Topics in Campus Behavioral Intervention & Violence Prevention

Uprooting Sexual Violence in Higher Education

The Prevention and Management of Mental Health Emergencies

A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior

Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness

Peter’s Sword

Ending Campus Violence

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): Administration and interpretation


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gordon College

Master of Science in Counseling and Psychological Services from Salem State University

Doctorate of Education in Counseling and Supervision from the University of Sarasota

Brian Van Brunt, M.S., Ed.D.

Partner, TNG; President, NABITA

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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 possesses significant expertise in the following areas:

  • Mental Illness: Advocacy, Treatment, Assessment Education
  • Violence Risk, Threat and Psychological Assessment
  • BIT, CARE and Threat Team Development and Operations
  • Program evaluation, survey design and analysis
  • Title IX, Student Conduct, Leadership and Management

He is a past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and has served as Brian has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is a Partner in TNG and 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 and has been interviewed by the New York TimesNational Public RadioLA TimesUSA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360.  He is a frequently invited keynote speaker and has offered training to law enforcement, homeland security, FBI, college faculty, and staff and a fiction writer, blogger and photographer during his spare time.