Jeffrey Denning is a veteran of the war in Iraq and a retired police detective. Having worked undercover, he knows the emotional and psychological toll it takes to lie and be deceptive. On the corollary, he also knows the freeing feelings and emotions that come from being completely honest and truthful.
As a hostage negotiator and a detective in the mental health unit, he helped hundreds of people in crisis and worked to alleviate the stresses of those suffering from addiction and thoughts of depression and suicide. Additionally, he has supported those who have suffered from sexual trauma, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and domestic violence, child abuse, betrayal, grief, and loss.
As a specialist in peer counseling and peer support, he has taught others the benefits and challenges of authentic friendship and building relationships with healthy boundaries. As a member of the Utah Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team executive board, he has conducted numerous trauma debriefings following horrific critical incidents. In both professional and ecclesiastical settings, many people have trusted him with the personal, private, and intimate details of their lives.
As a lifelong learner, his educational experiences include a master’s degree in military special operations/low-intensity conflict, a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement administration, and a second master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He will complete his CMHC licensure in 2022 while concurrently completing his internship.
He is the author of several books including
Warrior SOS—Military Veterans’ Stories of Faith, Emotional Survival, and Living with PTSD,
Leaders Wanted—The Power of Influence, Professional Behavior and Moral Leadership,
Our True Identity—Discovering Our Divine DNA.
Speaking of identity, Tad R. Callister once reported that in a training session for General Authorities the question was asked how leaders could help those struggling with pornography. Then-Elder Russell M. Nelson stood and replied, “Teach them their identity and their purpose.”