Stephanie Brooks is a mental health specialist, certified prevention specialist and educator. She worked in the social science and humanity fields for over two decades, incorporating all aspects of the public health model ﹘ including mental, spiritual, physical, social and environmental well-being. She aims to innovatively educate, motivate and empower others to be their personal best.
Brooks’ passion for education and working toward social change was sparked by a student teaching work in high school, where she recognized the effects and importance that mentorship can have on a person’s life.
She engaged in advocacy work for underserved populations and spearheaded anti-bullying, suicide prevention, sexual assault, child labor laws and youth rights campaigns. Her work included leading workshops and mentorship groups involving creative writing and expression, critical thinking skills, employment and training, leadership development, and she continues to promote social change through various organizations.
Brooks worked as a creative arts teacher, counseling psychologist, prevention specialist and risk-reduction coordinator for the United States government. Her latest position as a prevention specialist allows her to gain additional experience consulting, judiciously assessing and developing plans of action, as well as coordinating and implementing services pertaining to substance use and abuse, suicide prevention, safety, domestic violence, child abuse, financial readiness, resiliency and sexual assault.
During the last several years, Brooks focused on educational leadership as a doctoral student at the University of Washington. During her second year of study, she engaged in a practicum experience involving an intensive engagement relating to a triad of experiences. It started with a leadership development plan and included a process improvement action plan that led to a product outcome involving a process improvement plan of action. Brooks recruited and led a diverse group of constituents, and modeled, articulated, demonstrated, created, implemented and evaluated activities through analysis and development of a strategic plan of action that involved assessing and ultimately improving the efficacy of the methods Armed Forces substance abuse employees use to deliver educational training.
Brooks is certified as a trainer in Master Resiliency, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, safeTALK, Prime for Life, Alcohol and Other Drugs School, and an expert customer service trainer. She served on the executive council for the Army’s Ready & Resiliency Campaign at Joint Base Lewis & McChord, serving active duty, Reserve, National Guard, Army civilians and families. She conducted numerous training workshops and was the key speaker on issues related to education, suicide and substance abuse prevention, life skills, self-awareness, leadership and resiliency. In addition, she serves on the Prevention Certification Board of Washington.
Brooks holds a master of arts degree in counseling psychology and currently is in her last year of doctoral studies at the University of Washington, researching perceptions and attitudes about the risks related to vitamin D deficiency. In addition, she is studying the relationship between low levels of vitamin D and suicidality.
A mother of three, she has traveled around the world experiencing a variety of cultures. Currently residing in Washington state, she plans to move back to the East Coast next year.