About Ronda Brooks, LCSW

Ronda Brooks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She worked at Sagamore Children's Psychiatric Center from 1980 to 1985 where she met Dr. Ken Kaufman, founder of the Institute for Behavioral Health, and Dr. Bob Kifer, creator of the Social Skills Program at the Institute. Following that, she was employed as a School Social Worker in the Brentwood School District. She worked with children in groups and individually from pre-school through high school. She retired after 25 years of service in Brentwood.

In 1987, Ms. Brooks completed a training program at the Suffolk County Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy run by Dr. James Gibson and Bob O'Connor, CSW. She completed the Alcoholism Training Program for Health Care Providers at the South Oaks Institute of Alcoholism and Addictive Studies in 1990. She has been a Field Placement instructor for the SUNY Stony Brook School of Social Welfare since 1991. In 1999, Ms. Brooks became certified in Disaster Mental Health Service through the American Red Cross.

Ms. Brooks is a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 1985 and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1988.

Ms. Brooks began leading Social Skills groups at the Institute for Behavioral Health in 2007 after completing a practicum with Dr. Kifer. Upon Dr. Kaufman's retirement in 2010, Ms. Brooks and Dr. Kifer established Behavioral Health Services  where they continued to offer many of the same programs. Since Dr. Kifer's retirement, Ms. Brooks continues to run Behavioral Health Services, offering Social Skills groups and providing counseling to children, teens, adults and families.