About The President
Dr. Dennis Deer CCFC, CRC, LCPC
Dennis Deer was born and raised on Chicago's West side in the midst of gangs, murders, drugs and other violence. Yet he made the cognitive choice to turn down guns, stop throwing up gang signs, and chose to start praying and looking at positive role models. Subsequently Dennis left Chicago to attend Jackson State University where he earned the Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education and the Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology.
A few years later Dennis continued his quest for knowledge and earned the Doctor of Christian Psychology Degree. Dennis is also President of Deer Rehab Services Inc. and Law Enforcement Family Training Services both organizations are full service training, curriculum design and consulting firms. Recently Dr. Deer Graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business class and was elected class speaker. Dr. Deer delivered what has been described as an electrifying speech, afterwhich he introduced the Legendary Billionaire Warren Buffett (Oracle of Omaha).
In addition, Dennis has served as an instructor at the Cook County Sheriffs Training Institute for the past 9 years, where he conducts leadership, diversity, psychology and conflict resolution courses to staff ranging from new recruit to the executive team of Superintendents. Dennis has over 14 years of experience serving disenfranchised and disadvantaged populations. In addition, Dennis is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor and a Certified Corrective Thinking Therapist. He has lead staff/corporate trainings in various settings across the nation including schools, jails and law enforcement agencies. Dennis believes that he is living proof that choice plays a great part in change, and that with every choice (negative or positive) there is a consequence.
Dennis serves on many Boards and was recently appointed to the IDHS Domestic Violence Advisory Council (DVAC), Partner Abuse Intervention Programs Subcommittee and the Executive Steering Committee of D.V.A.C. In addition, Dennis works diligently with Cong. Danny Davis (As Chairman of 7th Congressional District Ex-offender Taskforce), Commissioner Robert Steele (As Chair 2nd County District Community Advisory Council) and others to impact change in public policy. In addition Dennis serves on the Board of the North Lawndale Employment Network, Strategic Human Services and the Cook County Sheriffs Reentry Council. Dennis is an Illinois Law Enforcement Standards and Training Board Certified Instructor, as well as a cognitive restructuring national trainer. He has also written several books and articles, including his most recent dynamic book “Unwrapping The Box”, Dominating Practical Principles to Eliminating Box Thinking. In addition, Dennis is also a Licensed General Contractor and is owner of Miracle Construction and Management Company and JDS Developers (a real estate holding company).