Harm to Others: The Assessment and Treatment of Dangerousness


Harm to Others offers students and clinicians an effective way to increase their knowledge of and training in violence risk and threat assessment, and it also provides a comprehensive examination of current treatment approaches. Although the text includes many examples from K–12 and college/university settings, which are particularly relevant for mental health professionals in school settings, the underlying concepts and suggestions are useful for counselors, psychologists, and social workers who face these issues in their daily practice.

In an easy-to-understand, jargon-free manner, Dr. Van Brunt shares his observations, extensive clinical expertise, and the latest research on what clinicians should be aware of when performing risk and threat assessments. In addition, he offers numerous examples from recent mass shootings and rampage violence to help explain the motivations and risk factors of those who make threats. Two detailed case examples are presented to illustrate key concepts related to assessing dangerousness.Treatment options are then described, using a variety of diverse case studies to demonstrate concrete approaches for clients who have been identified as at risk for violence following a threat assessment.

ISBN-13: 978-1-55620-342-8

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The Prevention and Management of Mental Health Emergencies


Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., LPC, Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development at The NCHERM Group, LLC
David Denino, LPC, NCC, Director Emeritus of Counseling Services, Southern Connecticut State University
M.J. Raleigh, Ph.D., NCC, LCPC, LCMHC, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Michelle N. Issadore, M.Ed., Executive Director, School and College Organization for Prevention Educators, Associate Vice President for Operations and Public Information, The NCHERM Group, LLC

It is difficult for student affairs professionals to effectively address the myriad of mental health crisis events with which they come in contact on a daily basis. These challenges include: depression, sexual assault, anger and aggression, alcohol and prescription pill addiction, eating disorders, passive aggression, anxiety and panic, trauma recovery, unusual social behavior Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and those recovery from grief or loss.

This book offers fifteen engaging and accessible case studies that offer practical guidance for residence life staff, conduct officers, campus law enforcement, faculty and administrators to better manage mental health crisis events on campus. Each case study contains thought provoking-discussions, questions, advice on “what to do” and “what not to do,” as well as additional resources, and insightful summaries on how to address the problem from the counseling perspective. Unlike other technical manuals that discusses mental health emergencies, this book offers advice and guidance in a clear, easy to understand language and is specifically tailored for student affairs professionals.

ISBN-13: 9780977854585

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A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior


College and university faculty are asked to serve an increasingly diverse and at-risk population of students. The classroom is now the scene of disruptive and dangerous behaviors that range from speaking out of turn to the misuse of technology to potentially aggressive and threatening behaviors. Written by Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D. and W. Scott Lewis, J.D.A Faculty Guide to Addressing Disruptive and Dangerous Behavior provides the practical ideas and guidance necessary to manage and mitigate these behaviors, from two respected professionals who’ve developed and implemented the field’s best practices. Grounded in research and theory that addresses the interplay of mental health, substance abuse and aggression that may enter the college classroom, this accessible book serves as a necessary guide for busy faculty members facing challenging situations in their classrooms.

ISBN-13: 978-0415628280

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Ending Campus Violence: New Approaches to Prevention

With the growth of threats and violence in higher education settings, college campuses are increasingly expected to have systems in place to identify potentially aggressive individuals and intervene to ensure the safety of the campus population. This book will be useful for student affairs professionals as well as college counselors, psychologists, social workers interested in the practical management of aggression and violence on a college campus. It will also be a valuable resource for those involved in creating and running behavioral intervention teams and threat/risk assessment teams. Ten case studies from both the community and residential college settings provide a comprehensive overview of campus violence and how to intervene to prevent it. Pertinent background information is discussed as an introduction to these narratives, such as the fundamentals of aggression and violence on campuses; how these behaviors can impact students, faculty, and staff; and what can be learned from past campus violence. Along with discussion questions and a review of ways to approach each situation, experts in higher education, forensic risk assessment, law enforcement, and legal issues weigh in on each case study. Their perspectives offer a context and broad base of opinions and ideas on how each case could be handled. Additional examples for further training of the college counselor are given through a detailed look at almost 100 incidents of violence, including thwarted attacks, rampage shootings, and hostage situations.

ISBN-10: 0415807441      ISBN-13: 978-0415807449

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RACE! Card Set

RACE!© (Resident Advisor Card Exercise)

About Race

RACE! is an interactive card game designed to help Resident Advisors (or RAs) become better prepared to address psychological, communication and crisis scenarios they may encounter as part of their job duties.

There are a total of 50 cards outlining various situations an RA might have to respond to during the course of the school year. Each card describes the scenario and then offers 0, 1 and 2 point answers based on the quality of the response. RACE! includes a set of PowerPoint slides for group training applications.

Sample Cards

Sample RACE Card: "Anxiety" “Anxiety”

RACE: Overinvolved Parents “Homesick/Overinvolved Parents”

How can RACE! be used?

  • RACE! can be handed out during a staff meeting to encourage discussion and review exiting policy. It encourages problem solving and group process.
  • RACE! can be used at orientation training as seeder scenarios for Behind Closed Doors training exercises (where an RA comes to a room where other people are acting out a policy violation behind the closed door).
  • RACE! could also be used during the interview process to help a review committee determine a student’s readiness to be an RA.

Sample Cards

Sample RACE Card: "Alcohol Abuse" “Alcohol Abuse”

Sample RACE Card: "Relationship Violence" “Relationship Violence”

The price is $129 per game – The shipping is included free! The price includes:

  • 50 high resolution photo cards with individual scenarios and scoring guide printed on the back of each card.
  • A CD including: A PDF version of the game manual and an adaptable PowerPoint slide show of individual cards useful for group discussion.

Need to know more? Download this PDF of Frequently Asked Questions!

Thematic Apperception Test: Administration and Interpretation
ISBN-10: 0-9778545-1-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-9778545-1-6

The Thematic Apperception Test: Administration and Interpretation summarizes five years of Van Brunt’s research towards the development of a new approach to the TAT. The book includes a complete historical summary, detailed case studies and an easy to follow graphical guide for card administration.

The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT): Administration and Interpretation

Completing over five years of research, this text is useful for psychologists, therapists and graduate students interested in the history of the TAT and how it can be applied today. Van Brunt has pulled together over 30 methods of TAT interpretation techniques into a new blended method of interpretation.

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