Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D.

Senior Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Risk Management

Dr. Brian Van Brunt, past-president of the American College Counseling Association, is Senior Vice President for Professional Development Programs at the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NHCERM, www.ncherm.org). He is the president-elect of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA, www.nabita.org), current president of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE,www.wearescope.org) and the managing editor for Student Affairs eNews (SAeN, www.studentaffairsenews.com). 

Over the past thirteen years, Brian has taught counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics and sociology topics at both public and private schools for both graduate and undergraduate students at five college and universities. Brian has served as the director of counseling at New England College and Western Kentucky University. He is the author of several books including: Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches in Prevention and A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom. Brian is an expert on campus violence and has been interviewed by the New York Times, National Public Radio, LA Times, USA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360.

 

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Classroom Management 102: Working with Difficult Students

Classroom Management 102: Working with Difficult Students

Do the faculty members at your school know how to respond effectively when confronted by uncooperative or even aggressive students? Find out how to successfully manage the full-range of student behavior problems. We use role play scenarios of problematic classroom behaviors to share strategies for responding effectively.


Handling Annoying, Disruptive, and Dangerous Students

Handling Annoying, Disruptive, and Dangerous Students

Annoying, disruptive, and dangerous students pose problems to even the best classroom managers. Yet you don’t have to merely tolerate problem students. There are things you can do to manage student behavior and improve the learning environment in your classroom no matter who is on the roster. Discover these tools and strategies in Handling Annoying, Disruptive, and Dangerous Students.


Hiring Faculty: How to Make Your Most Critical Decision

Hiring Faculty: How to Make Your Most Critical Decision

From financial background checks to psychological testing to social media searches, receive expert guidance on creating a hiring process that conforms to legal standards and instills confidence. We give you relevant legal considerations and how they impact screening procedures, the interview process and decision-making. You’ll learn about relevant case studies, institutional policies and legal standards.


How Do I Address Teasing and Bullying Behavior in the Classroom?

How Do I Address Teasing and Bullying Behavior in the Classroom?

Bullying and teasing takes many forms, but none of them are acceptable in higher education classrooms. In this Magna 20 Minute Mentor session, Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., an experienced educator and counselor, shares a resolutely practical approach, developed to help you confront the issue of bullying or teasing in your classroom. 


How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?

How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?

College students’ behavior can be rude, arrogant, and insulting at times.  This timely and targeted session will help you develop reasonable responses to students with unreasonable behavior.  You will be able to keep your cool and handle any situation with a level head.


How Flexible Should I Be With Non-Traditional Students?

How Flexible Should I Be With Non-Traditional Students?

If you have had non-traditional students, you have probably faced some difficult situations. Non-traditional students are different. Learn how to strike the right balance between inflexible and being a pushover.


How Should I Handle Pushy Parents?

How Should I Handle Pushy Parents?

Parents worry. Some are concerned about their children’s relationships, academic stand, or living arrangements. And some parents bring their concerns to bear when speaking with faculty members…sometimes at the top of their lungs. So what should you do? We suggest that you see this type of situation as a “teachable moment" for the parent.


How to Help Students Build Resiliency & Overcome Their Obstacles

How to Help Students Build Resiliency & Overcome Their Obstacles

Every year, residential life staff and student affairs counselors see an increasing number of students enter college with some type of psychological problem or mental illness. They are presented with reams of data and survey results highlighting the increased risk and problems this generation of students has to face when going to school.


Identifying and Managing Classroom Aggression and Violence

Identifying and Managing Classroom Aggression and Violence

The need to manage aggression among college students has never been more intense. Increasingly troubled students are showing up on campus and bringing more challenging behaviors into the classroom with them. Learn how to identify and respond to aggressive behavior to help prevent the next campus tragedy from occurring.


Interactive Training Scenarios for Resident Advisors

Interactive Training Scenarios for Resident Advisors

If there’s one thing you hope for all your new RAs, it’s that they won’t endure a “deer in the headlights” moment … a situation that leaves them frozen from fear, without a strategy for dealing with the moment. They’re the first line of defense in the event of a crisis on their floor, and you want them to know how to respond. We'll walk through scenario-based training in ten critical areas every RA must be prepared to handle.


Restorative Justice: Applying the Theory to Practical Cases

Restorative Justice: Applying the Theory to Practical Cases

By offering offenders the opportunity to make amends for student conduct code violations, restorative justice can help them to develop empathy, repair trust, and rebuild community. Understanding the concepts behind this theory and applying it to actual conduct violations are two different matters, however .In this seminar, you will review 10 cases to determine which are most appropriate for the restorative justice model.


Tabletop Exercises for Threat Assessment Teams

Tabletop Exercises for Threat Assessment Teams

One of the best tools in crisis-response planning is scenario-based training – using hypothetical situations to inform real-world responses.

We’ve partnered with a leading authority on student behavioral health to create this situation-based training program … one that includes insight and commentary from 20 industry experts. The result is an exceptionally rich training experience we hope you’ll want to share with your campus crisis team.


What Can I Do About Feeling Tired, Stressed, and Burned Out?

What Can I Do About Feeling Tired, Stressed, and Burned Out?

There is the growing stack of papers to grade, the lectures to prepare for, and the endless drafts of scholarships for publication. No wonder many faculty members at college and university campuses today struggle with burnout and excessive stress. We look at valuable approaches for recognizing and addressing faculty burnout and stress.


What Do I Do If I Suspect a Student Has Asperger’s Disorder?

What Do I Do If I Suspect a Student Has Asperger’s Disorder?

At many colleges and universities, the number of students with Asperger’s Disorder continues to increase. While these students have the intellectual abilities to be successful, they struggle with “reading” social cues and comprehending unwritten rules and procedures. They may be teased or laughed at by other students. We offer recommendations for helping these students to succeed.


What Do I Need to Know About Referring Students for Help?

What Do I Need to Know About Referring Students for Help?

Sooner or later, whether it’s a student falling dangerously behind, exhibiting disturbing behavior, or something completely different, you’re bound to encounter students who need more than you can give them. Recent campus tragedies highlight the crucial importance of skilled referrals. Learn how in this program.


When a Student Attempts Suicide: The Next Seven Steps White Paper

When a Student Attempts Suicide: The Next Seven Steps White Paper

To prepare for the unfortunate possibility of a student suicide attempt, consult When a Student Attempts Suicide: The Next Seven Steps: A Magna Publications White Paper. This report guides you through creating an attempted suicide response plan that addresses and balances student wellbeing and legal risk exposures. You will learn what to do—and what not to do—in the minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months that follow an attempted suicide.


Working with Difficult Students: Four Case Studies

Working with Difficult Students: Four Case Studies

Working with Difficult Students: Four Case Studies—offers the best of both worlds.  It shows how to apply four widely-respected theories to four different types of classroom challenges.  In each case, the theory is explained and then demonstrated. This way, you can see for yourself how different conversations play out when research-based principles are applied. This white paper is recommended for new faculty members, experienced faculty members seeking fresh ideas for classroom management, faculty concerned about at-risk students, and academic deans and faculty development personnel instructors.


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