Healing Through Words, LLC
In 2015, Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, LLC published "Nelson Beats The Odds", an inspiring graphic novel that celebrates friendship, resilience and empowerment. Nelson, the books' main character, overcomes his learning disability and ADHD diagnosis with the help of his parents and special education teacher. After releasing "Nelson Beats The Odds", Ronnie was inspired to develop the Nelson Beats The Odds Comic Creator app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Ronnie created the app so that children and adults can share inspirational photos and stories about how they beat the odds on social media.
Sidney's upcoming book Tameka's New Dress, is set to be released in June. Tameka, who not only finds adults who can and do support her, but also finds a way to confront her bullies without becoming a bully herself. For more information visit the author's website at www.creative-medicine.com.
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). Ronnie is an active member of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers (RABSW). He founded Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, an expressive writing program for offenders. He implemented the program at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia for six months before expanding the program into an LLC. The company'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, app developer 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.