Bob VandePol


Bob VandePol

Bob VandePol MSW serves as Executive Director of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ Employee Assistance and Church Assistance programs where he leverages behavioral health expertise to support healthy, productive people and groups. Prior to joining the Pine Rest team, he was President of Crisis Care Network, helping to lead it from a startup to the world’s largest provider of Critical Incident Response services to the workplace. Active as a keynote speaker, Mr. VandePol has published and been quoted in business and clinical journals, co-authored book chapters addressing workplace response to tragedy, and has been featured as subject matter expert in numerous video training series. He managed CCN’s Command Center in Manhattan after the 2001 terrorist attacks and led teams in response to high-profile tragedies including the Boston Marathon bombing; Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas shootings; natural disasters, and our nation’s prominent university-based tragedies. He frequently consults with businesses, universities, schools, and churches regarding how leaders can accelerate organizational recovery following crises.

Speaking engagements and consultations include international audiences from a variety of professions and industries. 

Selected engagements include:


  • United States Senate – Peer Disaster Committee

  • Harvard University World Extreme Medicine Conference

  • Joint Base Andrews Military Resilience Summit

  • Zurich Military Contractor Forum

  • The World Bank

  • The United States Coast Guard

  • International Crisis & Risk Communication Conference

  • American Hospital Association

  • Employee Assistance Professional Association World Conference

  • Risk Insurance Management Society World Conference

  • The Conference Board (US)

  • The Conference Board of Canada – Council of Emergency Management

  • Peru Seguridad de Minera International Conference on Mining Safety

  • National Safety Council World Congress

  • National Behavioral Consortium

  • Construction Financial Management Association National Conference

  • Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference

  • American Insurance Association

  • National Association of Church Business Administrators

  • Christian Schools International

  • Michigan Department of Health & Human Service

    Special projects and publications have engaged diverse professional groups. Selected involvements include:

  • Co-Chaired the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Workplace T askforce

  • Served as Board Member for the National Behavioral Consortium

  • Developed Peer Support trainings and provided consultation for multiple law enforcement and fire safety organizations.

  • Developed Resilience programs for hospitals, residential treatment facilities, manufacturers, and medical professional liability insurers.

  • Authored Death by Suicide: Whose Fault Was It? In Construction Executive

  • Authored How to Contain the Chaos and Empower Your Employees During

    a Crisis and Leadership in Times of Crisis: Critical Incident Response After

    Tragedy in Risk and Resilience HUB.

  • Co-authored (with Calvin Beyer) A Surge in Suicides in Industrial Safety &

    Hygiene News

  • Co-authored (with Calvin Beyer) Providing Comfort and Support to Lead a

    Company in the Aftermath of a Suicide Loss in Building Profits. (release

    November, 2019)

  • Authored Position Leaders to Lead: Management Consultation following

    Workplace Crisis in the Journal of Employee Assistance

  • Developed and recorded web resources with United Health Group in response to

    the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

  • Authored How to Lead After a Death by Suicide, How to Communicate

    Following a Suicide, and 10 Steps for Dealing With a Suicide for Insurance

    Thought Leadership.

  • Interviewed by New York City’s CBS radio affiliate regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and how adults can now support children.

  • Contributing author of A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Objectives for Dealing with the Aftermath of a Suicide. Distributed by the American Association of Suicidology’s Workplace Postvention Task Force in partnership with the Carson J Spencer Foundation and Crisis Care Network.

  • Frequent subject matter expert on CBS News Law Enforcement & Security Analyst Paul Viollis’ Security Matters podcast.

  • Co-authored (with Calvin Beyer) The Importance of Managing Human Factors during a Workplace Crisis; a whitepaper distributed by Zurich North America. )

  • Co-authored (with George Everly Ph.D) When Tragedy Strikes: Crisis Management for Critical Incidents and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; a whitepaper distributed by Zurich North America.

  • Authored Facilitating Individual and Organizational Resiliency After Workplace Tragedy in Good Company.

  • Co-authored (with Mark Attridge Ph.D) The Business Case for Critical Incident Response Services in the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health.

  • Cited in The Conference Board of Canada’s briefing Managing the Risks of Workplace Violence and Harassment.

  • Co-authored (with Betty Gilmore Psy.D) Healing the Wounds: How to support your employees in the aftermath of a bank robbery in Texas Banking.

  • Quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding the increase in retail crime during the economic downturn.

  • Co-authored (with Calvin Beyer) What Construction Unions Are Doing About Suicide Prevention in The Construction User, a publication of the Association of Union Contractors.

  • Quoted in Business Insurance magazine regarding the role of the EAP in workplace violence prevention.

  • Co-authored (with Calvin Beyer) The High Cost of Workplace Tragedies; Leading Employees through Crises in CFMA’s Building Profits.

  • Developed and recorded web resources for ValueOptions in response to the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy.

  • Led the Crisis Care Network Clinical Team in development of the acclaimed Best Practices in Critical Incident Response for the Workplace web and on-site training.

  • Frequent media guest in behavioral health, traumatic event, and suicide prevention-related interviews.