The NaBITA Threat Assessment Group can be retained by your campus for year-round, 24/7 on-call case consultation.
NaTAG is composed of the following five professionals:
- Brian Van Brunt, Ed.D., Certified Forensic Counselor/Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC
- Mary Ellen O’Toole, Ph.D., Senior FBI Profiler (retired) and Forensic Behavioral Consultant
- Perry Francis, Ed.D., LPC, Associate Professor of Counseling/Coordinator of Counseling Service, COE Counseling Clinic, Eastern Michigan University.
- Carolyn Reinach Wolf, J.D., Mental Health Law Expert, President of Campus Behavioral Health Risk Consultants
The team is available 24/7 to consult with campus behavioral intervention and threat assessment teams on case management.
NaTAG mental health professionals are not available for clinical therapy or assessment with students, but are intended to help inform teams that need diagnostic, forensic, behavioral, psychiatric, pharmacological and related advice.
Many colleges and universities lack such expertise in-house, or on a 24/7 basis. NaTAG is here to supplement your resources in a cost-effective way.
Calls to NaTAG are centralized at Campus Behavioral Health Risk Consultants 24-hour call center and then triaged according to the nature of the consultation needed. Each call will be assigned to an appropriate, available team member.
Please contact Samantha Dutill, NaBITA Associate Executive Director, for details on retaining the services of NaTAG: firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 993-0229.
Brian Van Brunt joined The NCHERM Group as Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development in January of 2013. He is past-president of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), the president-elect of the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and the managing editor for Student Affairs eNews (SAeN). He has a doctoral degree in counseling supervision and education from the University of Sarasota/Argosy and a masters degree in counseling and psychological services from Salem State University.
Brian is a regular speaker for academic conferences around the world. He has presented dozens of workshops with the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA), National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFC), American College Personal Association (ACPA), Association of University College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), and the European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry (OUD).
Dr. Van Brunt has presented hundreds of online training seminars and classes. These trainings have reached well over 150,000 individual staff and faculty at colleges and universes across the country. He has developed remote, asynchronous training modules on violence, mental health, and suicide prevention for Resident Advisors (RAs) through Magna Publications and created a behind-closed-doors style card game for resident advisors called RACE!. He developed a mental health crisis guide for study abroad advisors for the American Councils and written textbook test banks and instructor guides for Pearson Education.
Early in his career, Brian provided case management services through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, coordinated involuntary psychiatric commitments for law enforcement and hospital emergency departments, offered medical care as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-R) and Ski Patrol member, and was a registered white water rafting guide in the state of Maine. Brian is certified in PADI SCUBA, QPR suicide prevention, and BASICS alcohol education.
Dr. Van Brunt has taught at a number of universities and colleges over his career. He has offered classes in counseling theory, ethics, program evaluation, statistics, and sociology for both graduate and undergraduate students. Brian has served as the director of counseling and 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 Pubic Radio, LA Times, USA Today and has appeared on Headline News and Anderson Cooper 360. He frequently is an invited keynote speaker and has offered training to law enforcement, homeland security, FBI, college faculty, and staff.
Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009 after a distinguished 28 year career as an FBI Agent. For nearly half of her career, Dr. O’Toole served as a Supervisory Special Agent in the Bureau’s prestigious Behavioral Analysis Unit where she was recognized as one of the FBI’s preeminent behavioral analysts. She has consulted nationally and internationally on some of the most high profile cases involving school and campus violence, workplace violence, single and serial murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, bombings, threats, extortions, political corruption and work place violence.
Dr. O’Toole specializes in the assessment of violent criminal behavior and violent crime scenes. She is a highly sought after speaker and has lectured all over the world to multidisciplinary audiences on a wide range of topics including school and campus violence, workplace violence, psychopathy, criminal behavior, serial murder, profiling, crime scene assessment, offender behavior and interview and interrogation. She also lectures at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC in the area of criminal and violent behavior. As a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Criminal Investigators Association Fellowship, she has provided lectures to the worlds recognized experts in criminal behavior and threat assessment.
While serving as an FBI Agent, Dr. O’Toole was selected as adjunct faculty at the FBI’s elite Leadership Development Institute as well as the University of Virginia. She continues to lecture at the FBI on psychopathy and interviewing and interrogation, and campus and school violence.
Dr. O’Toole was the primary researcher and author of the FBI’s seminal publication on school violence entitled The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective and served as co-author of Premeditated Mass Shootings: Threat Assessment which appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescence. She has written and published in the areas of crime scene analysis, psychopathy, stalking, threat assessment, serial murder and child abduction.
Representing the FBI, Dr. O’Toole has appeared on such programs as Larry King Live, Forensic Files, Discovery Channel, America’s Most Wanted, National Public Radio, Fox News, and CNN. She has consulted on books, television programs and movies. She is an analyst for MSNBC’s new series, Criminal Mindscapes.
Dr. Perry C. Francis is part of the faculty at Eastern Michigan University in the Department of Leadership & Counseling where he serves as a professor of counseling and the coordinator of counseling services for the College of Education Clinical Suite. The clinic is a training facility for advanced level graduate counseling students where they see clients from the community, student body of EMU, and referrals from the county mental health center. Perry has been in higher education for 19 years working as a campus pastor, mental health counselor, and college professor.
Currently Perry serves as the Chair of the Ethics Revision Task Force for the American Counseling Association as well as chairing the sub-committee on Scope of Practice issues for 20/20 Commission on the Future of Counseling.
He is a member of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and has served on the leadership team as a Board Member-at-Large and as the President and to the governing board of the American Counseling Association. Perry is an authorized trainer for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s curriculum on the Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk: Core Competencies for University & College Mental Health Providers and for the Center for Aggression Management’s curriculum on Aggression Management. He is also a trained in Critical Incidence Stress Management.
He has presented on numerous topics including: managing the college classroom, dealing with disruptive students, building student resiliency, supporting non-traditional students, working with returning veterans on the college campus, and dealing with pushy parents. Perry is also a frequent presenter on issues important to the counseling professional including: ethics in supervision, ethical issues facing college counselors, and suicide prevention at conferences in the United States and Canada. He has also written numerous journal articles and book chapters including the chapter Professional Student Affairs Practitioners: History, Models, And Trends, in Joining the Counseling Profession: Developing Your Identity as a Professional Counselor and Counseling Issues of College Students and Religion & Spirituality In Counseling, in theProfessional Counselor’s Desk Reference.
Dr. Francis earned his degree in counselor education at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). Before completing his degree, Perry was a Lutheran parish pastor and a campus pastor. He also served as an interim staff psychologist at the UNC Counseling Center.
As a professor, Perry works with non-traditional students on a daily basis, helping them learn to balance their lives, careers, and education. “I find their biggest concerns center around trying to do it all, be the perfect undergrad or graduate student, perfect employee in a tight economy, and perfect spouse and/or parent. This incredible stress takes its toll on their lives and relationships. Understanding how to support them achieve balance makes for a better student and future alumni.”
Carolyn Reinach Wolf is a senior partner of the Abrams law firm on Long Island, NY and is responsible for the mental health law practice area. She holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, an M.S. in Health Services Administration from the Harvard School of Public Health and an M.B.A. in Management from the Hofstra University School of Business. She is admitted to practice in New York State and Federal Courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Wolf was a hospital administrator and Director of Risk Management.
Ms. Wolf’s practice concentrates in the areas of mental health and health care law, representing mental health and health care professionals, major hospital systems and community hospitals, institutional and community outpatient programs, skilled nursing facilities, higher education counseling centers, individuals and families. Her expertise includes mental hygiene law, including retention and treatment over objection psychiatric cases, mental health warrants, capacity determinations, informed consent and medical treatment cases, confidentiality and release of records matters, interaction with law enforcement in health care facilities and institutions of higher learning, Kendra’s Law applications (Assisted Out-Patient Treatment Orders), Article 81 and 17-A guardianship proceedings, civil and criminal litigation and negotiation specific to mental health issues, consultation and advice in navigating the mental health system and legal interventions in the inpatient, outpatient and campus counseling treatment settings.
Ms. Wolf is a frequently invited speaker and a consultant to college and university counseling centers and administrators throughout the country regarding mental health law issues. These issues include: the increasing rate of student suicides, serious mental illness on campus, drug and alcohol abuse, date rape, law enforcement, confidentiality, parental notification, documentation and the increasing liability of campus staff, administrators, mental health professionals and the institutions themselves.