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Join Dr. Brian Van Brunt as he hosts a monthly conversation related to threat and violence risk assessment in K-12, college, and workplace cases. Brian will be joined by different guests each month to discuss topics related to risk and protective factors, interviewing techniques, deception detection, impression management, social media threat, incels, white supremacy, gatekeeping/triage, behavioral intervention teams, cultural competency, report writing, and case management.

We offer these free one-hour interactive sessions to aid your important work. If you find them valuable, please follow our YouTube channel and spread the work about our resources. If you cannot attend, a brief summary will be posted on our YouTube channel. Full programs will be available to members of InterACTT. If you would like access, contact bethany@dprep.com.

 

If you have any questions or would like a certificate of attendance, please email bethany@dprep.com.

Our Team

Brian Van Brunt

Dr. Brian

Van Brunt

Brielle Stark-Adler

Brielle

Stark-Adler

Courtney Bullard

Courtney

Bullard

Charlie Taylor

Charlie

Taylor

Joseph Dooley

Joseph

Dooley

Dr. Chris Taylor

Dr. Chris

Taylor

Tammy Hodo

Dr. Tammy

Hodo

Chris Usher

Chris

Usher

Dr. Amy Murphy

Dr. Amy

Murphy

Bethany Van Brunt

Bethany Smith

Van Brunt

Robert Scholz

Robert

Scholz

Jacques Whitfield

Jacques

Whitfield

Name

Title, Company

Email

Bio

  • Supporting MENA, Muslim & Jewish Students: Empathy, Education & Safety | January 25, 2024
    In recent months, the escalation of the Israel/Palestine conflict has presented significant challenges for educational institutions worldwide. Faculty, staff, and administrators are increasingly finding themselves amid a delicate situation where they are expected to take stances, issue statements, and empathetically listen to students voicing their distress, frustration, and concerns about the uncertain future. Drs. Brian Van Brunt, Jacques Whitfield, and Brielle Stark-Adler will offer valuable insights and strategies for supporting students during these turbulent times. Drawing on their extensive experience and the principles outlined in the book, How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education, our panel will provide actionable advice on creating inclusive and supportive environments for all students.
  • Threat in Social Media, Email and Student Writing | November 30, 2023
    Drawing from his book, An Educators Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing, Dr. Brian Van Brunt teaches you what to look for when reviewing written and video content that may occur on social media, over email, or in creative writing assignments. People aren’t always sure how to measure the level of threat risk in this content and there is too much at stake to be wrong. This presentation provides a clear roadmap of the elements to look for in these materials to mitigate violence in the community and schools.​ Resources: Assessing Threat in Written Communications, Social Media, and Creative Writing Social Media Basics Types of Threats
  • Threat and Violence Risk Assessment in Title IX | October 12, 2023
    Violence risk assessments take a special role in Title IX as they relate to the potential interim separation of either the reporting or responding party. Attorney Courtney Bullard and Dr. Brian Van Brunt explain the importance of Title IX coordinators and staff understanding the nature of a violence risk assessment as it relates to affective and targeted violence and how to obtain this assessment through law enforcement, BIT, CARE, and threat teams.
  • Understanding the Incel | September 7, 2023
    Dr. Brian Van Brunt explores the world of the incel and how this population is important to understand within the threat assessment landscape. Brian will shares from his recent book, written with Dr. Chris Taylor, Understanding and Treating Incels, to help better inform threat and violence risk assessment and intervention strategies for K-12, college and in the workplace. They introduce the Incel Risk Rubric (IIR), developed by Drs. Taylor and Van Brunt, which will assist those working in the threat assessment space to better factor in the level of incel buy-in an individual has subscribed to as it relates to the threat assessment.
  • After the Assessment: Threat and Risk Management | August 17, 2023
    Robert Scholz and Dr. Brian Van Brunt discuss the importance of threat and risk management planning related to interventions ‘next steps’ across the K-12, college, and workplace environments. They review cases related to threat and demonstrate how to develop mitigation and management plans moving forward.
  • Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Guns | July 13, 2023
    An important aspect in the realm of violence risk and threat assessment is correctly weighing the role of mental illness and gun ownership as part of an overall threat and/or violence risk assessment process. Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach discusses her research related to this important topic with Bethany Smith. This research served as the basis for her article with Dr. Brian Van Brunt, Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Mass Shootings. Resources: Program slides Red Flag Laws/Extreme Risk Protective Order (This was written for a client in New York and references New York law, but many of the concepts apply nationwide.) Beyond the Red Flags 11 Key Questions to be Address in a Behavioral Threat Assessment
  • A Growing Threat: White Supremacist Violence | June 8, 2023
    Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, Dr. Brian Van Brunt, and Bethany Smith Van Brunt share their research related to the growing threat of white supremacist violence, as outlined in their new book, White Supremacist Violence: Understanding the Resurgence and Stopping the Spread. They discuss the importance of understanding the level of exposure and indoctrination in this space as it relates to violence risk and threat assessment in the K-12, college, and workplace spaces. Resources: Program slides WSIR Information Sheet WSIR Scoring Sheet
  • Addressing Truthfulness and Credibility in Threat and Violence Risk Assessment | May 18, 2023
    Dr. Brian Van Brunt and Nina Delgadillo share from their experience conducting interviews in counseling, threat assessment, and law enforcement. They discuss how to approach information gathering, including showing empathy, de-escalating anger, deception detecting, and re-directing parties during the interview process. Resources: Handout: Impression Management Recommended reading: The Like Switch and Spy the Lie
  • Diversity in Threat and Violence Risk Assessment | April 13, 2023
    Drs. Tammy Hodo and Brian Van Brunt tackle the important issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the interview and subsequent interventions. Best practices ensure the interviewer considers the context of the risk or threat against the backdrop of where the threat occurred and its contextual environment to ensure the proper gauging of risk and the development of an intervention plan. Resources: Program Slides Interventions Checklist Toronto Attack Interview Safety in the Title IX Environment
  • Threat Assessment and BIT/CARE Teams | March 16, 2023
    Dr. Van Brunt and Dr. Amy Murphy address the role of behavioral intervention and CARE teams as an essential component of the violence risk and threat assessment process. Through collaborative analysis and decision making, BIT and CARE teams aid the threat assessment process by gathering information related to the threat, offering a consistent and culturally competent analysis of the risk/threat, and implementing interventions intended to reduce the overall risk of violence. Resources: Program Slides BIT/CARE Team Development Checklist Threat Assessment and Management Teams Averting Targeted School Violence: A US Secret Service Analysis of Plots Against Schools Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams
  • After the Shooting: Healing and Resiliency | February 9, 2023
    Dr. Van Brunt, Karen Humphrey Sullins, and David Denino share advice with you on how to talk to those who have experienced the trauma of campus shooting in their community. Drawing from their experience in mental health first aid, Red Cross training, suicide prevention, and resiliency and critical incident stress management, the presenters offer practical guidance on this important topic to those in the K-12, college, and workplace settings. Download the program slides.
  • A Violence Risk/Threat Process | January 19, 2023
    Dr. Van Brunt and Nina Delgadillo review an approach to threat assessment documentation that involves a six-step process: gathering thematic case data, identifying the risk factors, identifying the protective factors, applying a specific assessment rubric, creating a risk narrative, and developing/implementing interventions. One core challenge in the threat and violence risk assessment space is the importance of showing your work. Learn one approach to this documentation and how to reduce bias, create consistency, and mitigate legal risk for your team. Resources: Uvalde Simulated Violence Risk Report DarkFox Report Police interview with the Toronto van attacker (video) Police interview with the Toronto van attacker (transcript)
  • Understanding Uvalde | December 15, 2022
    Understanding the failures of the past offers insight to better approach future mass shootings. Dr. Van Brunt and Jeff Solomon walk through the pre-attack behaviors present in this case using the Pathways triage system as well as DarkFox Violence Risk Assessment. Jeff Solomon offers insight on the weaknesses of the physical security measures and the law enforcement response during the attack itself. The presenters offer some clear advice and direction on how schools can prevent scenarios like Uvalde in the future. Resources: Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee Report Robb Elementary School Attack Response Assessment and Recommendations Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans: Interim Report to the 88th Legislature Uvalde Shooter History Scoring the Uvalde Shooter on Pathways Understanding Uvalde video transcript
  • Panic Alarms and Bollards and Lights, Oh My!
    February 22, 2024 | In addition to behavioral intervention and psychological threat assessment, ensuring your organization has a layered security approach to keeping your students and employees safe is critical. Join Christopher Usher, Charlie Taylor, and Bethany Smith as they share with you some practical, low-cost/no-cost approaches to keeping your workplace, college, university, or K-12 school setting safe.
  • The Perils and Benefits of Online Threat Assessments
    March 21, 2024 | Conducting a threat assessment through an online interview and review of materials posing unique challenges. Join Chis Usher and Dr. Van Brunt as they share some of the common missteps and practical advice on how to complete these assessments well. From how to position your camera, background, and pause screen to improving how we communicate micro attending skills online, join the discussion to learn the most effective ways to conduct virtual assessments.
  • Supporting MENA, Muslim & Jewish Students: Empathy, Education & Safety | January 25, 2024
    In recent months, the escalation of the Israel/Palestine conflict has presented significant challenges for educational institutions worldwide. Faculty, staff, and administrators are increasingly finding themselves amid a delicate situation where they are expected to take stances, issue statements, and empathetically listen to students voicing their distress, frustration, and concerns about the uncertain future. Drs. Brian Van Brunt, Jacques Whitfield, and Brielle Stark-Adler will offer valuable insights and strategies for supporting students during these turbulent times. Drawing on their extensive experience and the principles outlined in the book, How to Engage in Difficult Conversations on Identity, Race, and Politics in Higher Education, our panel will provide actionable advice on creating inclusive and supportive environments for all students.
  • Threat in Social Media, Email and Student Writing | November 30, 2023
    Drawing from his book, An Educators Guide to Assessing Threats in Student Writing, Dr. Brian Van Brunt teaches you what to look for when reviewing written and video content that may occur on social media, over email, or in creative writing assignments. People aren’t always sure how to measure the level of threat risk in this content and there is too much at stake to be wrong. This presentation provides a clear roadmap of the elements to look for in these materials to mitigate violence in the community and schools.​ Resources: Assessing Threat in Written Communications, Social Media, and Creative Writing Social Media Basics Types of Threats
  • Threat and Violence Risk Assessment in Title IX | October 12, 2023
    Violence risk assessments take a special role in Title IX as they relate to the potential interim separation of either the reporting or responding party. Attorney Courtney Bullard and Dr. Brian Van Brunt explain the importance of Title IX coordinators and staff understanding the nature of a violence risk assessment as it relates to affective and targeted violence and how to obtain this assessment through law enforcement, BIT, CARE, and threat teams.
  • Understanding the Incel | September 7, 2023
    Dr. Brian Van Brunt explores the world of the incel and how this population is important to understand within the threat assessment landscape. Brian will shares from his recent book, written with Dr. Chris Taylor, Understanding and Treating Incels, to help better inform threat and violence risk assessment and intervention strategies for K-12, college and in the workplace. They introduce the Incel Risk Rubric (IIR), developed by Drs. Taylor and Van Brunt, which will assist those working in the threat assessment space to better factor in the level of incel buy-in an individual has subscribed to as it relates to the threat assessment.
  • After the Assessment: Threat and Risk Management | August 17, 2023
    Robert Scholz and Dr. Brian Van Brunt discuss the importance of threat and risk management planning related to interventions ‘next steps’ across the K-12, college, and workplace environments. They review cases related to threat and demonstrate how to develop mitigation and management plans moving forward.
  • Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Guns | July 13, 2023
    An important aspect in the realm of violence risk and threat assessment is correctly weighing the role of mental illness and gun ownership as part of an overall threat and/or violence risk assessment process. Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach discusses her research related to this important topic with Bethany Smith. This research served as the basis for her article with Dr. Brian Van Brunt, Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Mass Shootings. Resources: Program slides Red Flag Laws/Extreme Risk Protective Order (This was written for a client in New York and references New York law, but many of the concepts apply nationwide.) Beyond the Red Flags 11 Key Questions to be Address in a Behavioral Threat Assessment
  • A Growing Threat: White Supremacist Violence | June 8, 2023
    Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, Dr. Brian Van Brunt, and Bethany Smith Van Brunt share their research related to the growing threat of white supremacist violence, as outlined in their new book, White Supremacist Violence: Understanding the Resurgence and Stopping the Spread. They discuss the importance of understanding the level of exposure and indoctrination in this space as it relates to violence risk and threat assessment in the K-12, college, and workplace spaces. Resources: Program slides WSIR Information Sheet WSIR Scoring Sheet
  • Addressing Truthfulness and Credibility in Threat and Violence Risk Assessment | May 18, 2023
    Dr. Brian Van Brunt and Nina Delgadillo share from their experience conducting interviews in counseling, threat assessment, and law enforcement. They discuss how to approach information gathering, including showing empathy, de-escalating anger, deception detecting, and re-directing parties during the interview process. Resources: Handout: Impression Management Recommended reading: The Like Switch and Spy the Lie
  • Diversity in Threat and Violence Risk Assessment | April 13, 2023
    Drs. Tammy Hodo and Brian Van Brunt tackle the important issues of race and ethnicity as they relate to the interview and subsequent interventions. Best practices ensure the interviewer considers the context of the risk or threat against the backdrop of where the threat occurred and its contextual environment to ensure the proper gauging of risk and the development of an intervention plan. Resources: Program Slides Interventions Checklist Toronto Attack Interview Safety in the Title IX Environment
  • Threat Assessment and BIT/CARE Teams | March 16, 2023
    Dr. Van Brunt and Dr. Amy Murphy address the role of behavioral intervention and CARE teams as an essential component of the violence risk and threat assessment process. Through collaborative analysis and decision making, BIT and CARE teams aid the threat assessment process by gathering information related to the threat, offering a consistent and culturally competent analysis of the risk/threat, and implementing interventions intended to reduce the overall risk of violence. Resources: Program Slides BIT/CARE Team Development Checklist Threat Assessment and Management Teams Averting Targeted School Violence: A US Secret Service Analysis of Plots Against Schools Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams
  • After the Shooting: Healing and Resiliency | February 9, 2023
    Dr. Van Brunt, Karen Humphrey Sullins, and David Denino share advice with you on how to talk to those who have experienced the trauma of campus shooting in their community. Drawing from their experience in mental health first aid, Red Cross training, suicide prevention, and resiliency and critical incident stress management, the presenters offer practical guidance on this important topic to those in the K-12, college, and workplace settings. Download the program slides.
  • A Violence Risk/Threat Process | January 19, 2023
    Dr. Van Brunt and Nina Delgadillo review an approach to threat assessment documentation that involves a six-step process: gathering thematic case data, identifying the risk factors, identifying the protective factors, applying a specific assessment rubric, creating a risk narrative, and developing/implementing interventions. One core challenge in the threat and violence risk assessment space is the importance of showing your work. Learn one approach to this documentation and how to reduce bias, create consistency, and mitigate legal risk for your team. Resources: Uvalde Simulated Violence Risk Report DarkFox Report Police interview with the Toronto van attacker (video) Police interview with the Toronto van attacker (transcript)
  • Understanding Uvalde | December 15, 2022
    Understanding the failures of the past offers insight to better approach future mass shootings. Dr. Van Brunt and Jeff Solomon walk through the pre-attack behaviors present in this case using the Pathways triage system as well as DarkFox Violence Risk Assessment. Jeff Solomon offers insight on the weaknesses of the physical security measures and the law enforcement response during the attack itself. The presenters offer some clear advice and direction on how schools can prevent scenarios like Uvalde in the future. Resources: Texas House of Representatives Investigative Committee Report Robb Elementary School Attack Response Assessment and Recommendations Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans: Interim Report to the 88th Legislature Uvalde Shooter History Scoring the Uvalde Shooter on Pathways Understanding Uvalde video transcript
  • Panic Alarms and Bollards and Lights, Oh My!
    February 22, 2024 | In addition to behavioral intervention and psychological threat assessment, ensuring your organization has a layered security approach to keeping your students and employees safe is critical. Join Christopher Usher, Charlie Taylor, and Bethany Smith as they share with you some practical, low-cost/no-cost approaches to keeping your workplace, college, university, or K-12 school setting safe.
  • The Perils and Benefits of Online Threat Assessments
    March 21, 2024 | Conducting a threat assessment through an online interview and review of materials posing unique challenges. Join Chis Usher and Dr. Van Brunt as they share some of the common missteps and practical advice on how to complete these assessments well. From how to position your camera, background, and pause screen to improving how we communicate micro attending skills online, join the discussion to learn the most effective ways to conduct virtual assessments.
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