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THREAT ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATION

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Dr. Brian Van Brunt is an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment and mental illness and the former President and lead content expert for the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA).  Over the decades he has learned the importance of offering uniquely tailored trainings to better support the needs of each community they trained and consulted with, both virtually and on the road.

 

At D-Prep Safety, we assembled a team of master trainers  who provide high-quality, effective virtual and in-person trainings at a reasonable price point. They bring decades of subject matter expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, legal reviews, counseling, law enforcement, conduct/discipline, and human resources.

 

Our first question to a new community partner is always, “Help us understand your unique needs and what resources we can bring to support, train and advise your community.”  At D-Prep Safety, we prioritize our quality expert systems, training, and consulting reviews over profit margins. Our services are built to bring our community partners lasting change, rather than a one-and-done engagement.

For more information or to schedule any of these options, please contact bethany@dprep.com. Click "Learn More" for details on each of the courses.

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  • Parent Safety Meeting
    DPrep provides an overview of the school safety measures to parents/guardians at the school site, as well as addresses parent/guardian’s safety concerns and provides an overview of the next steps in the critical response process. Parents/guardians will also be given crucial training on how to respond if there is a critical incident at the school. It is VERY important for parents/guardians to understand and know their role in the critical incident response process so that they do not hinder the emergency response at the school site.
  • School Security Officer/Campus Monitor Training Course (SB 1626)
    This is a 24-hour compliance course that meets the regulations under SB1626. Every campus security person or hall monitor working more than 20 hours per week needs to be certified as having attended this 24-hour, three-day school. This law applies to all K-12 schools and community colleges and includes both the district employees and contract security officers.
  • School Mandated Reporter Training
    All K-12 school personnel are mandatory reporters for: child abuse, weapons, assaults and drugs on campus. This is an Internet only training program that will qualify your school personnel for the mandatory reporter law. The course is taken on your timeframe at your facility over the Internet with full documentation and certificates issued in compliance with the regulations. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • Refresher-Campus Supervisor/School Security Officer Course (SB1626)
    Refresher/re-certification course for SB 1626 Campus Supervisor/School Security Officer Course No upcoming courses scheduled at this time
  • Conflict Resolution in Schools
    A modular 4-8 hour course that will enhance the ability of the educator to become an accomplished mediator. The training will discuss the barriers to successful mediation, recognition of the characteristic strategies of collaborative negotiation and the identification of the essential factors of constructive confrontation. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • Cyberbullying & Social Media
    DPREP and industry experts will educate Office of Education/School District staff on various aspects and issues that students and staff may experience and engage in, while using social media. May 30, 2018 | Placer County Office of Education– Rocklin,CA
  • Dealing with Difficult People and Surviving Violent Encounters
    This course is taught at your worksite and is ideal for public and private employees, school employees, university and junior college professionals that are in customer service or contact professional positions and have interaction with the public and fellow employees. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • Drug and Alcohol Identification in the School
    A course designed to be brought to your school to instruct classified and unclassified employees how to recognize the signs of alcohol and drug influence and to have the capability of testifying properly at a hearing. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) Introductory Workshops/Behavioral Intervention Training
    NHA is a relational methodology that promotes positive interactions and prevents escalation of negative behaviors while creating connection, promoting empathy and reducing exclusion. In a NHA environment, staff elevate their confidence in serving the behavior needs of all students, students create more empathetic relationships with adults and peers and require fewer discipline referrals, and schools become more equitable. NHA is built upon The 3 Stands™ to help students build Inner Wealth® and improve their social-emotional competency. Stand One: Absolutely No! You’ll learn how schools often accidentally promote negativity through traditional methods that are failing more and more of today’s students. Stand Two: Absolutely Yes! You’ll become aware of ways that you’re inspiring great behaviors and learn NHA techniques to get more of the behaviors you desire. Stand Three: Absolutely Clear! You’ll investigate ways that current rules might be inadvertently contributing to behavior problems and learn NHA strategies for clear rules and consistent consequences. NHA Introductory Workshops introduce the NHA fundamentals which can be taught in 4, 8, and/or 16-hour blocks. These introductory workshops are a unique combination of presentation, practice and processing. Come prepared to laugh while you learn! 4-Hour – An economical NHA kick-off that delivers NHA fundamentals. An excellent complement to an NHA book-study. 8-Hour – Extended content, practice and processing assist depth of understanding. Serves as a prerequisite for the NHA Certified Training Intensive. 16-Hour – The most comprehensive NHA introduction. Includes maximum NHA content, practice, processing, and planning. Serves as a prerequisite for the NHA Certified Training Intensive.
  • Critical Incident Response for Campus Police Officers
    This one-day course is designed to prepare the campus police officer to be an effective leader at a critical incident on a college or university campus. This course provides a comprehensive review of current field tactics, with an emphasis on the use of a four-step critical incident response plan that will be developed in class. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • Critical Incident Response on the College Campus (4 hours)
    This 4-hour course is designed as an introduction to prepare all school employees to handle an emergency event on their campus. There is no guarantee who will be available to handle the emergency on your campus; our approach is to train all the administrators, teachers, and classified employees how to work as a team during a crisis incident when time is your biggest enemy. we teach everyone a four-step critical incident response plan that is capable of handling all hazards on your campus. This is a 4-hour class designed to be taught at your school, on your time frame.
  • Critical Issues for Campus Safety K-12 (4–8 hours)
    A course is designed to prepare all school employees to handle an emergency event on their campus. There is no guarantee who will be available to handle the emergency on your campus; our approach is to train all the administrators, teachers and classified employees how to work as a team during a crisis incident when time is your biggest enemy. We teach everyone a four-step critical incident response plan that is capable of handling all hazards on your campus. This is a modified 4-hour module designed to be taught at your school, on your time frame.
  • Critical Issues for Campus Safety K-12 - REFRESHER (2 hours)
    This is a 2-hour refresher course that is designed to prepare all K-12 school employees to handle an emergency event on their campus, focusing on flood, fire, earthquake, hazmat, and large-scale criminal events. This is a 2-hour class designed to be taught at your school, on your time frame.
  • Emergency Management for Campus Executives
    A 1-day, eight-hour course designed to familiarize the college or university campus executive with the concept of utilizing the national standard incident command system to manage a large-scale emergency event. This class is designed to be brought to your campus and taught to your specific executive management group. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • Emergency Terminology for School Employees (1.5 hours)
    Audience: All classified and certificated school employees Lockdown, lockout, soft-lockdown, shelter-in-place, PIO, MCI, ICS – all commonly used terms in the school campus arena during a critical incident. It is crucial for school employees to be on the same page as first responders. Equally as important is that school districts and school sites must speak the same language in a critical incident and have a firm understanding of basic critical incident terminology. This workshop will provide you with the current and most up-to-date terminology for critical incidents as well standardizing emergency language throughout your school district. No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.
  • School Site Safety Plans
    Our team of experts will come to your school, survey your school site and then produce for you the state-mandated comprehensive school site safety plan. This service is contracted for individual schools as well as entire school districts.
  • Student Release & Reunification
    Student release and reunification after a crisis can be one of the scariest and yet most difficult tasks a school can be faced with. Release and reunification is the safe and controlled process for returning students back to their parents or guardians. Unlike fire and earthquake drills, release and reunification drills are more problematic to practice. This level 1 workshop was created to specifically train all school personnel and provide them with tools and knowledge in the process of effective student release and reunification. Participating staff will be given information on the latest methods and technology to assist them during a potential crisis that requires a student release and reunification.
  • Understanding the Complexities of Student Release/Reunification
    Audience: All classified, certificated, and volunteer school employees Student release and reunification after a crisis can be one of the scariest and yet most difficult tasks a school can be faced with. Release and reunification is the safe and controlled process for returning students back to their parents or guardians. Unlike fire and earthquake drills, release and reunification drills are more problematic to practice. This Level 1 workshop was created to specifically train all school personnel and provide them with tools and knowledge in the process of effective student release and reunification. Participating staff will be given information on the latest methods and technology to assist them during a potential crisis that requires a student release and reunification. (This class is a prerequisite to Student Release/Reunification Level 2.) No upcoming courses scheduled at this time.

Advanced Intake and Interviewing Skills

  • Improve your interviewing skills for threat, conduct, Title IX, counseling and case management

  • Better gather information from those who are defensive or unwilling to share

  • Practice your skill in front of subject matter experts with actors and real-life case scenarios

Advanced Intake and Interviewing Skills

 

Gathering information from another party is an important skill set that crosses over a number of fields including threat assessment, Title IX, case management, conduct/discipline, and law enforcement/campus safety. This course is meant as an advanced track, moving the conversation beyond the interviewing and intake skills outlined in our BIT/CARE trainings. Dr. Brian Van Brunt and his team teach from decades of experience with an intersectional focus on counseling, law enforcement, campus safety, student conduct and legal techniques.

 

Learning takes place in a blended model of lecture, video demonstrations and practical and interactive exercises. For both in-person and virtual classes, opportunities will be provided to engage with live subject matter experts and actors to obtain real-world, hands-on experience with instructor feedback. This will allow for a deeper understanding and practical application of techniques with various populations and differing interview goals.

 

Different populations will be discussed, including the importance of understanding unique language, insider references, body language, eye contact, attitudes toward authority and the high-stakes nature of the interview topic. Room locations, online vs. in-person, safety considerations, recording, third party viewing, and police position will be discussed as well. Join us for the definitive experience to learn new skills and improve existing techniques.

Module One: Intake, Interviewing and Information Gathering

  • Defining framework, process, and goals

  • Developing hypothesis versus adopting assumptions

  • Counseling differential diagnosis, LE criminal, Title IX information gathering

  • In cases of potential criminal activity, identifying at what point due process becomes a factor

  • Structured professional judgement (SPJ), naturalistic inquiry

  • Special populations (minors, potential victims and suspects, sexual violence, threat) 

  • Obtaining Consent, Interview strategy and tactics, forensic assessments

  • Creditability determinations, impression management, deception detection

  • Faking good/faking bad, expert systems, checklists, OSINT, third party

 

Module Two: Rapport

  • The most critical aspect of the interview

  • Micro-attending skills, friend/foe signals

  • MORE PIES: minimal encouragers, mirroring, effect pauses, emotional labeling

  • Finding commonalities, building a bridge of connection

  • Authenticity, genuineness and addressing power differential in process

  • Counseling skills: active listening, simple reflection, summarizing, paraphrasing

  • MI skills: collaboration/partnership, evocation, developing discrepancy

  • Addressing high-stakes impression management concerns

Module Three: Opening Minutes & Obtaining Data

  • Explaining the scope and purpose of interview, obtaining consent

  • Explaining documentation, information sharing and final report

  • Addressing impression management, sampling range of response

  • Bias mitigation in selecting questions, multiple perspectives

  • Using multiple questions, third party data to confirm hypothesis

  • Using open and closed questions, understanding neurodiversity

  • Cultural competency and addressing power dynamics

  • Using a checklist to ensure all information needed is obtained

 

Module Four: Special Conditions

  • Considerations on setting up interview room/location

  • Identifying and understanding cultural differences that may influence the willingness to engage

  • The need and utilization of translators

  • High stakes interviews, faking good/bad, impression management

  • Lie-detection, deception detection, micro expressions

  • Props, bridge back, asking a favor, online considerations

  • Creditability determinations

  • Title IX: reporting/complaining and responding parties

  • Harm to others/harm to self considerations

  • Third parties (parents, friends, witnesses, social media)

 

Module Five: Practice Interviews Part One

  • Threat assessment (transient threat, cooperative)

  • Information gathering (case management intake, cooperative)

 

Module Six: Practice Interviews Part Two

  • Conduct Interview (affective violence, defended)

  • Title IX Responding party (relationship violence, defended)

We created this course with an awareness to the budgetary needs of schools, colleges, and workplaces. While there is a temptation to increase billing through expanding course concepts into multiple days, our goal is to deliver the information efficiently and with fidelity.

 

Cost for Virtual Program ($7000)

The course is taught in six 90-minute virtual classes* scheduled at a convenient time for the school, college/university, housing authority or workplace.

 

Cost for In-Person/Hybrid Program ($8500)

The course is taught in-person in four 90-minute sections (two in the morning and two in the afternoon). Two 90-minute virtual classes* are also included, to be scheduled at a convenient time for the school, college/university, housing authority or workplace. Travel for the presenter(s) is included in the $8500 cost.

 

* This price is for a team of up to 15 people. Please contact us for larger teams. These trainings are recorded for future team members and review for existing team members and hosted on a specific, tailored site for your community. 

Dear Administrator,

I’ve just learned about a great interview course that would be great for a few different departments on campus. The course covers interviewing skills that would be useful for our BIT/CARE team members, conduct officers, Title IX coordinators and investigators, threat assessment professionals, counseling department, case management and law enforcement/campus safety. After talking with Dr. Brian Van Brunt* and reviewing the attached proposal, I believe this is a good opportunity for our institution.

 

  • The pricing model is transparent and reasonable for the amount of work and detail that goes into the course. While $6500 is a substantial amount of money, the ability to train several different departments at once in these advanced interviewing skills is a good opportunity. This includes not only the live training, but six 90-minute recordings we are able to use for reference and new team members. If we choose to have the training on campus for a day, we then have two supplemental 90-minute trainings that are recorded.

  • They also look at this issue from a culturally competent lens, leaning into experts such as Tammy Hodo from All Things Diverse and Jacque Whitfield from CPSHR. This helps ensure our interviewing and information gathering is done with attention to cultural considerations.

  • The final two parts of the course involve live practice sessions with their team of subject matter experts. This really gives us the chance to put the skills our team learned into practice.

  • Brian and his group have literally written the book on threat assessment and interviewing skills. I really like the way the course leans into various perspectives (Title IX, conduct, threat, BIT/CARE, counseling, law enforcement, case management). They also offer free threat trainings and materials we can review and use without the need to invest more money that can help our team retain the knowledge shared.  

  • When I look at courses like these offered by other organizations, the difference here is they don’t draw out concepts over multiple days, taking into account our training budget and our staff time. D-Prep Safety works to keep costs low and uses only highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors.

 

I think this would be extremely valuable for our team. While we have knowledgeable staff on campus, there is a lot of value in hearing from an expert outside team on how we can fill in any exposure points in our work or legal liabilities.

*Past president and founding member of NABITA; past president of the American College Counseling Association; author of the NABITA Risk Rubric, Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), Looking Glass, Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Work (VRAW2), the Extremist Risk Intervention Scale, and Incel Indoctrinating Rubric (IIR).

Advanced Violence Risk and Threat Assessment

  • Deepen your knowledge beyond what you’ve learned in foundational threat assessment courses

  • Apply lessons from current events, recent attacks, timely articles, books and research to inform the threat assessment process

  • Understand the new threat landscape, including incel and white supremacist violence

Advanced Violence Risk and Threat Assessment

This course is designed for those who have completed previous threat assessment courses and have a working knowledge of the modes of violence, types of threats and have a rubric or system they are able to use when assessing risk and threat. Dr. Brian Van Brunt and his team share advanced concepts related to social media threat assessments, involuntarily celibates (incel), the growing risk of white supremacist violence, report writing, and threat mitigation planning.

 

Having written over a dozen books on violence risk and threat assessments, after action reports (AAR) and articles on costuming, manifestos and several high-profile law enforcement cases, they designed this course to provide you insight into essential advanced topics in risk and threat assessment that will help bring your knowledge and skills to the next level. Combining perspectives from psychology, criminology, and law enforcement, this will be like no other risk or threat assessment course you have experienced.

 

The course will include a review of common expert and SPJ systems used more effectively for risk and threat assessment, an exploration of incel and white supremacist violence, key terminology and references related to insider threats, foundational concepts in open-source intelligence (OSINT) evaluation of social media, and how to assess pictures, video, student essays and written threats both online and in-person.

Module One: State of the Field

  • Fifteen-minute review: affective/targeted, transient/substantive, risk/protective factors

  • Key resources: articles, books, research, government papers

  • Key VRA risk systems: HCR-20, MOSAIC, WAVR-21, SIVRA-35, DarkFox)

  • Key lessons: essential after-action reports

  • Attack data: data from previous attacks (date, time, weapons, location, insider/outsider)

  • Online resources to know and keep on your radar (e.g., schoolshooter.info)

 

Module Two: Lessons from Front Lines

  • Power of hypothesis/ peril of assumptions

  • Use leverage and optics in mitigation plans

  • Inquisitive, skeptical mindset and bias mitigation

  • Psychological assessment vs. violence risk/threat assessment

  • Tyranny of the expert and the vampire rule of notification

 

Module Three: Assessing Pictures, Videos, Writing and Threats

  • Online and written core assessment approaches

  • Grid-based assessment techniques

  • Insider references in past attack manifestos and legacy tokens

  • The role of OSINT and third-party data

  • Case examples of social media and written threat assessment

 

Module Four: Incel & White Supremacist Violence (WSV)

  • Inceldom as a spectrum behavior & terminology (e.g., black/red pill, Chad/Stacy)

  • Key attacks involving incels & using the Incel Indoctrination Rubric (IIR)

  • Interviewing and Threat Mitigation Planning consideration

  • Key attacks demonstrating WSV motivations

  • Terminology and awareness of language, symbols of behaviors

  • Introduction of the White Supremacist Indoctrination Rubric (WSIR)

  • Interviewing and threat mitigation planning considerations

 

Module Five: Understanding Layered Security/Safety Models

  • Defining threat, vulnerability and risk assessment approach (TVRA)

  • Adopting a layered model of safety planning in behavioral threat and TVRA

  • Overreliance on technology and/or bunker mentality

  • Understanding red teaming, penetration testing and adversarial assessment models

  • Interviewing, building safety and threat mitigation plan considerations

 

Module Six: Building a Risk/Threat Mitigation Plan

  • Rationale for the plan as continuous, research-informed and monitored

  • Connecting the assessment to the mitigation plan

  • Scope: mental health, academic support, social support, community support, religion

  • Conditional risk/threat plans (e.g., suspension/expulsion, work termination)

  • Review of good/bad elements of example plans

We created this course with an awareness to the budgetary needs of schools, colleges, and workplaces. While there is a temptation to increase billing through expanding course concepts into multiple days, our goal is to deliver the information efficiently and with fidelity.

 

Cost for Virtual Program ($7000)

The course is taught in six 90-minute virtual classes* scheduled at a convenient time for the school, college/university, housing authority or workplace.

 

Cost for In-Person/Hybrid Program ($8500)

The course is taught in-person in four 90-minute sections (two in the morning and two in the afternoon). Two 90-minute virtual classes* are also included, to be scheduled at a convenient time for the school, college/university, housing authority or workplace. Travel for the presenter(s) is included in the $8500 cost.

 

* This price is for a team of up to 15 people. Please contact us for larger teams. These trainings are recorded for future team members and review for existing team members and hosted on a specific, tailored site for your community. 

Dear Administrator,

We’ve had our team trained on the foundations of threat assessment and I think this class is the next step for us. Dr. Brian Van Brunt* has put together an advanced class that looks at a number of issues we have been seeing on our campus and on the national stage (e.g., social media threats, incels and white supremacist violence).

 

  • The pricing model is transparent and reasonable for the amount of work and detail that goes into the course. While $6500 is a substantial amount of money, the ability to train several different departments at once in these advanced risk/threat skills are a good opportunity. This includes not only the live training, but six 90-minute recordings we are able to use for reference and new team members. If we choose to have the training on campus for a day, we then have two supplemental 90-minute trainings that are recorded.

  • They also look at this issue from a culturally competent lens, leaning into experts such as Tammy Hodo from All Things Diverse and Jacque Whitfield from CPSHR. This helps ensure our interviewing and information gathering is done with attention to cultural considerations.

  • The course is part of an overall series that culminates in a threat certification for our team. I think this is an important goal for us, in that it provides a level of expertise in our training.

  • Brian has literally written the book(s) on threat assessment and interviewing skills. He offers free threat trainings and materials we can review and use without the need to invest more money that will help our team retain the knowledge shared.  

  • When I look at courses like these offered by other organizations, the difference here is they don’t draw out concepts over multiple days, considering our training budget and our staff time. D-Prep Safety works to keep costs low and uses only highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors.

 

I think this would be extremely valuable for our team. While we have knowledgeable staff on campus, there is a lot of value in hearing from an expert outside team on how we can fill in any exposure points in our work or legal liabilities.

*Past president and founding member of NABITA; past president of the American College Counseling Association; author of the NABITA Risk Rubric, Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), Looking Glass, Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Work (VRAW2), the Extremist Risk Intervention Scale, and Incel Indoctrinating Rubric (IIR).

Team Certification

  • Put your skills to the test and demonstrate your team's ability on six challenging cases

  • Receive subject matter expert feedback from law enforcement, student conduct and counseling

  • Commit your team to on-going testing and improvement to prevent violence and better mitigate legal risk to your community/institution

Team Certification

 

D-Prep Safety works with schools, workplaces, colleges, and universities who desire to put their team through a tailored experience of working through a number of cases to receive a certification in threat assessment for their team. Cases are developed within general topic (e.g., mental illness, low level threat, outsider threat, relationship violence) and are tailored for the specific team working the case. For example, if the community a workplace, the threat will demonstrate a workplace scenario. If the location is middle school or a community, non-residential college, then that will be included in the case details.

 

Certification is offered through a process wherein the team is given a case with two weeks lead time to create a triage assessment of risk, score the case with a VRA process (e.g., HCR-20, Darkfox, SIVRA-35, WAVR-21, MOSAIC, etc.) and generate a final threat report including mitigation planning that will be submitted to our subject matter experts. The case will be scored on a rubric and discussed during the 90-minute zoom discussion.

 

Access to Pathways and DarkFox is included for two years when your team successfully completes the certification class. Teams are welcome to sign up for the certification course in threat once they complete Advanced Interviewing and Advanced Threat Assessment (or course equivalence).

Case One: Mental Illness

  • A case with a mental illness element is shared with the team

  • The team will conduct a triage assessment and “next step” plan

  • The team will conduct a VRA assessment

  • The team will submit a summary report that contains a mitigation plan

 

Case Two: Social Media/Written threat

  • A case with a social media and/or written threat is shared with the team

  • The team will conduct a triage assessment and “next step” plan

  • The team will conduct a VRA assessment

  • The team will submit a summary report that contains a mitigation plan

 

Case Three: Incel

  • A case with an incel element is shared with the team

  • The team will conduct a triage assessment and “next step” plan

  • The team will conduct a VRA assessment

  • The team will submit a summary report that contains a mitigation plan

 

Case Four: White Supremacist

  • A case with a white supremacist element is shared with the team

  • The team will conduct a triage assessment and “next step” plan

  • The team will conduct a VRA assessment

  • The team will submit a summary report that contains a mitigation plan

 

Case Five: Sexual Violence/Harassment

  • A case with a sexual violence/harassment element is shared with the team

  • The team will conduct a triage assessment and “next step” plan

  • The team will conduct a VRA assessment

  • The team will submit a summary report that contains a mitigation plan

 

Case Six: Final case

  • A case with an unknown element is shared with the team

  • The team will conduct a triage assessment and “next step” plan

  • The team will conduct a VRA assessment

  • The team will submit a summary report that contains a mitigation plan

We created this course with an awareness to the budgetary needs of schools, colleges, and workplaces. While there is a temptation to increase billing through expanding course concepts into multiple days, our goal is to deliver the information efficiently and with fidelity.

 

Cost for Virtual Program ($7000)

The course is offered in six 90-minute virtual classes scheduled at a convenient time for the school, college/university, housing authority or workplace. The team will be given a case two weeks prior to the class and will be asked to turn it in two days before the class. Access to Pathways and DarkFox is included for two years when your team successfully completes the certification class.

 

Certification lasts for two years, and recertification involves the team responding to a new case and meeting with us for a 90-minute online review. The cost for recertification is $750 and includes two years access to Pathways and DarkFox.

* This price is for a team of up to 15 people. Please contact us for larger teams.

Dear Administrator,

This class would give our team some practical experience working through a variety of cases, with specific feedback on how our team worked through these cases. We can then obtain certification through D-Prep Safety. I think this is the next step for us. Dr. Van Brunt serves as the primary subject matter experts for the case reviews, and we believe this is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our team’s skill set.

 

  • The pricing model is transparent and reasonable for the amount of work and detail that goes into the course. While $6500 is a substantial amount of money, provides an amazing amount of feedback to our team.

  • They also look at this issue from a culturally competent lens, leaning into experts such as Tammy Hodo from All Things Diverse and Jacque Whitfield from CPSHR. This helps ensure our interviewing and information gathering is done with attention to cultural considerations.

  • The course offers a threat certification for our team. I think this is an important goal for us, in that it provides a level of expertise in our training. They also include D-Prep Safety’s two expert systems, Pathway and DarkFox, for two years. Recertification occurs every two years by having the team score and discuss another case and receive that same 90 minutes of discussion, training and feedback. The cost is $750 and they continue to offer access to Pathways and DarkFox as a benefit for certified teams.

  • Brian has literally written the book(s) on threat assessment and interviewing skills. He offers free threat trainings and materials we can review and use without the need to invest more money that can help our team retain the knowledge shared. 

 

I think this would be extremely valuable for our team. While we have knowledgeable staff on campus, there is a lot of value in hearing from an expert outside team on how we can fill in any exposure points in our work or legal liabilities.

*Past president and founding member of NABITA; past president of the American College Counseling Association; author of the NABITA Risk Rubric, Structured Interview for Violence Risk Assessment (SIVRA-35), Looking Glass, Violence Risk Assessment of the Written Work (VRAW2), the Extremist Risk Intervention Scale, and Incel Indoctrinating Rubric (IIR).

Certification 

Team has achieved and demonstrates competence and application of core team processes

Demonstrated risk mitigation through live team discussion on a wide variety of practical case examples

Formalization and memorializing team processes to ensure continual improvement

Team

Module One:

We

Dear

Our Team

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Brian Van Brunt, EdD

Director of Behavior & Threat Management

brian@dprep.com

Brian Van Brunt, EdD, is the Director of Behavior and Threat Management for D-Prep Safety. Author of over a dozen books, Brian has spent time as a child and family therapist, university professor, assistant deputy director of training at Secure Community Network, partner at TNG, and president of the National Association for Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment (NABITA). He is an internationally recognized expert in behavioral intervention, threat assessment, mental illness, crisis preparedness and response, and instructional design. Brian has provided 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.

Tammy Hodo, PhD

Tammy L. Hodo, PhD, has been working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field for most of her professional career. Being biracial and reared in the Midwest, Tammy learned early on that race, although a social construct, impacts life chances and experiences. She has the lived experience of being both European American and African American. Coming from a middle-class family and being reared in a predominantly white space provided her opportunities she would later learn were not available to everyone that presented/looked like her. She has written peer-review articles about the experiences of minorities in academia.

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD

University of Toledo

lisa.kovach@utoledo.edu

Lisa Pescara-Kovach, PhD, is a professor of educational psychology at The University of Toledo where she also serves as the Director of the Center for Education in Mass Violence and Suicide and Chair of the Mass Violence Collaborative. Lisa’s international and national level peer-reviewed and invited presentations include, but are not limited to, the topics of suicides and homicides related to bullying victimization, behavioral threat assessment, and school, campus, and workplace shootings. Lisa co-authored White Supremacist Violence: Understanding the Resurgence and Stopping the Spread. Her most recent publications address media contagion in connection to suicides and targeted shootings as well as the mental health and mass shooting myth.

Chris Taylor, PhD

Chris Taylor, PhD

Executive Director, InterACTT

chris@interactt.org

Chris Taylor, PhD, a 30-year veteran of higher education, serves as the executive director of the International Association for Care and Threat Teams (InterACTT). He recently left his position as the dean of students and chief student affairs officer at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he had responsibility for counseling and wellness, student advocacy, student union and programs, recreational sports, residence life, and student conduct. He also chaired the university CARE and threat team. He has served on the leadership team for the Association of Student Conduct Administrators, and has been a member of NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, and the American Men's Studies Association. He is a trained Title IX adjudicator and has also worked with D Stafford and Associates as a national Clery Act consultant.

David Denino, LPC, NCC

David Denino, LPC, NCC

Southern CT State University

david@daviddenino.com

David Denino, LPC, NCC, worked in higher education and college counseling over the past several decades and is director emeritus of counseling services at Southern Connecticut State University. David is a master trainer of Question Persuade Refer (QPR) and was the key person in bringing the QPR model to the state university system in Connecticut. A certified clinical trauma professional, David is also a Red Cross mental health first responder and is the mental health lead for the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island. As such, he has assisted with relief efforts for hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, and Harvey as well as provided mental health support at the Sandy Hook and Las Vegas shootings.

Amy Murphy, PhD

Amy Murphy, PhD

Angelo State University

amy.murphy@angelo.edu

Amy Murphy, PhD, serves as an associate professor of student development and higher education leadership at Angelo State University. She is also the program coordinator for the M.Ed. in student development and leadership in higher education as well as the graduate certificate in academic advising, both fully online programs. Amy has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and student affairs. She is formerly the dean of students and managing director of the Center for Campus Life at Texas Tech University. Her experiences include chair of the school’s behavioral intervention team, oversight of prevention and response activities for gender-based violence and discrimination as the deputy Title IX coordinator for students, as well as administrative involvement in student conduct, disability services, counseling, and enrollment management.

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC

The Change Place

robert@roberttherapy.com

Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC, is a licensed psychotherapist in California and Arizona, as well as a consultant and trainer throughout the United States. He has served in many clinical and leadership roles over the past 25 years, working in university, community mental health, forensic and private practice settings. Robert is well-known for his work as a trainer and consultant in assisting schools/universities and communities respond to major crisis events like wildfires, mass shootings, deaths of students/employees and responding to sexual and other types of interpersonal violence. He serves as the clinical supervisor for the Route 91 So Cal Heals project, which provides case management, peer support and support group care for survivors and family members impacted by the Las Vegas and Borderline Nightclub mass shootings.

Jacques Whitfield, JD

Jacques Whitfield, JD, is a seasoned human resources executive with over 25 years of experience in human resources management. Jacques recently completed a six year tenure as the chief human resources officer for the Yuba Community College District. Jacques was responsible for the management and oversight of the human resources operations for the district and is credited with revitalizing and streamlining the human resource operations for the Yuba Community College District. Jacques is a subject matter expert in performance management, employee engagement and state and federal EEO compliance matters. He is highly accomplished in successfully working with others to develop professional skills and improve employee effectiveness through training and development. Jacques is a frequent speaker, trainer and presenter.

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