Sidney Smith is the author of Unbelievably Amazing Book and a two time graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg Campus, having completed a Bachelors degree in Social Work and a minor in psychology, as well as a Master of Social Work. Smith was awarded student of the year 2018-2019, Honors College Graduate, and McNair Scholar by The University of Southern Mississippi. Smith was also selected and awarded a Fellowship by The Council of Social Work Education 2018- 2019.
Sidney H. Smith III currently works for The United States Department of Veteran Affairs in Biloxi Ms. as a Licensed Master Social Worker. Smith has worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor, Community Outreach Counselor and currently volunteers his services monthly at 4 local residential drug and alcohol treatment centers and ultimately desires to own private practice. Smith conducted Opioid Addiction Classes statewide for law enforcement officers, ambulance, and firefighters.
Mr. Smith’s research interest is in the relationship of spirituality/religiosity and treatment outcomes from all forms of addiction, comparing differences in standard Twelve-Step type program successes with those that are faith-based.
Smiths” book “Unbelievably Amazing” is a true story about a drug addict’s journey to miraculous freedom and success. After 27 years of addiction, crime, homelessness, eating out of garbage dumpsters, prison, and 10 different rehabilitation centers, one encounter with Christ changed everything. From walking the street, talking to one self, half clothed, stinking and dirty to 2 State License to practice Social Work and counsel others who struggle with life controlling issues. A 3 state convicted felon with a 20 year sentence and spending an entire decade on the inside now has his rights restored by the Mississippi Legislation which were permanently restricted due to felony convictions. The high school dropout, GED, to Honors College graduate and a Master’s Degree. A 40 year old man who never worked a job more than 6 months is now employed by the United States Federal Government. This Unbelievably Amazing story has been featured on the front page of local newspaper, in Guideposts Magazine, YouTube Guideposts Video, and Pat Robertson 700 Club on television.
Previous Speaking Engagements
First Baptist Church Crystal Springs Mississippi
Trinity United Methodist Church Gulfport Mississippi
Church of the Good Shepherd Long Beach Mississippi
Mississippi Department of Corrections Jackson Mississippi
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg Mississippi
NorthSide Assembly of God Church
Moss Point Fire Department
Meridian Police Department
Home of Grace (womens)
Mississippi Department of Corrections
700 Club Pat Robertson
Gulfport Police Department
Gautier Fire Department
Meridian Fire Department
Home of Grace (mens)
Teen Challenge Orlando Florida
Teen Challenge Georgetown Mississippi
Teen Challenge Oakland California
Teen Challenge Los Angeles California