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MEET THE INSTUCTORS

DR TIA WHITE, DSW, LCSW

CEO & INSTRUCTOR

Dr. Tia White, DSW, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, researcher, program and curriculum developer, and training instructor.  With a Doctorate and master’s in social work, her education focus has been on the best ways to holistically empower communities, develop programs, initiate, translate, and apply research, and engage public safety in specialized clinical treatments.  

Over her career, she has been a certified Utah crisis worker and has worked as a community crisis interventionist and field trainer for a mobile crisis outreach team (MCOT). Tia has spent several years in regional emergency departments, leading patient crisis intervention efforts and directly supporting medical providers. She has 22+ years of experience working with a variety of populations and social systems, including international service-learning, forensics, individuals with disabilities, severe and chronic mental illness, geriatrics, child welfare, juvenile justice, and schools. Additionally, she is a passionate educator and has been an adjunct instructor for several years at two local universities.  

 

Dr. White is also the owner of The Wellness & Empowerment Center in Orem, UT. There she specializes in serving public safety professionals and their families. Tia concentrates her efforts on trauma-focused therapeutic interventions, such as Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), to help empower individuals' natural healing abilities.  

ABOUT TIA

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JERRY D. LUND

PROGRAM DIRECTOR & INSTRUCTOR

Jerry Lund is the Fire Captain/Paramedic currently working a local fire department since 1990 and SWAT medic with the police department in Utah since 2009.

Becoming a firefighter or police officer is not an easy process, and enduring each day the misfortunes, deaths, and accidents; changes a person forever. But it is the job of first responders every day, aptly put in the following words: "Where your worst nightmare is just another day at work."

His foremost experience as a first responder takes us way back to 1990, when he was EMT with Lehi City Ambulance in Lehi, Utah as a volunteer.

He achieved his education to become a paramedic, and he was determined to help the people of his city. He has dedicated a significant part of his life to saving people, witnessing how people tend to act when they see death right in front of them, and experiencing humans' vulnerability at worst.

He has been happily married for years now, with the love of his life and the father of six kids. Fortunate for him, he has two grandchildren; seeing them grow is an out-of-the-world experience. He enjoys his time outdoors with his family and plays sports with kids.

He travels whenever he can to experience the cultures of the world. Seeing them going about their day in their fashion is an amazing experience.

In his free time, he watches documentaries about all world religions, understanding the essence of life and the ideology behind this universe. Seeing other religions, how they perceive religion, how it influences their daily lives, and how it embodies them as humans are intriguing; it brings him closer to understanding the Higher power.

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ABOUT JERRY

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SGT. JAKE STYER

INSTRUCTOR

Jake Styer is a patrol sergeant with over 20 years of experience in private and public safety. He is a personal protection and tactical operations expert, human services safety program and curriculum developer, and peer support team member.  

Jake has unique experience collaborating with mental health professionals in the integration and skill adaptation between first responders and clinicians. Jake is a pioneer in the development of cultural competency programs for the human services field.  

Jake has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and serves as an adjunct instructor at a local university. 

ABOUT JAKE

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