Healing Through Words, LLC
When not working, Ronnie enjoys raising his daughters and spending time with his family. He takes his role as a father very seriously and has given presentations to dispel the myth of the absent black father. He has also made guest appearances on The Kiara Lee Show, appearing in the episodes “Black Fathers and Daughters” and “Black Fatherhood—Debunking the Myth.” Ronnie is an active member of the Richmond Chapter of The Association of Black Social Workers.
Ronnie’s early academic challenges ignited a passion within him to pursue social justice and to work with the youth. He has spent over eight years in the mental health and academic counseling fields and currently works as an outpatient therapist at the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board (MP-NNCSB). His previous positions with the agency include substance abuse and adolescent counselor, intensive in-home therapist, and behavioral specialist. He also works part-time as a program facilitator with the VCU Medical Center’s Injury Violence and Prevention Program.
In addition to his roles at the MP-NNCSB, Ronnie also worked as a casework counselor and dialogue skills trainer with the Virginia Department of Corrections. While working for the department, he founded Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, an expressive writing program for offenders. He facilitated the program at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia, for six months before expanding the program into an LLC. Creative Medicine’s mission is to improve participants’ social, emotional, and physical health through therapeutic writing and dialogue.
Ronnie Sidney II, MSW, Supervisee in Social Work, is a therapist, entrepreneur, speaker, author, consultant, and workshop presenter. He received a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, on August 14, 1983, Ronnie was raised in Tappahannock, Virginia, and attended Essex County Public Schools (ECPS). While attending ECPS, he spent seven years in special education after being diagnosed with a learning disability. The stigmatization of special education created a resentment and lack of interest in school. Nevertheless, he graduated from Essex High School in 2001, but with a 1.8 GPA. With limited options regarding four-year colleges, he decided to enroll in J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia. The following year, he transferred to Old Dominion University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 2006.
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