Perhaps it’s his cheerful greeting and warm demeanor, or the colorful manipulatives displayed upon the top shelf of his office desk---but there is something immediately bright, and welcoming about CPC Social Worker, Brandon Maxwell.
With his positivity, it’s no surprise to learn that Brandon is well-known and respected in the CPC Freehold Counseling Office for working especially well with children, teens and young adults with a variety of mental health challenges. This age group is particularly known to connect quite easily with Brandon which makes him an effective counselor and therapist.
“It’s so critical for me to make that connection and establish trust at the onset of the therapeutic relationship. Those first and second meetings with clients are just so important. As much as I am learning about the client during those early discussions, I am equally well-aware, that my clients are very much evaluating and assessing me in those moments—considering if they feel comfortable in the space I provide, and quietly thinking about what they might be willing to share down the road.”
As a collaborative person Brandon is a big believer in the CPC model of care—often referred to as the "safety-net" of support. This philosophy helps to bolster support for the client by addressing the clinical needs and those social determinants of health which are so critical to reaching positive outcomes. Brandon says, "Beyond the counseling I provide, it's also making sure the child and family has food, transportation, employment and safe housing." It’s what Brandan believes to be the differentiating factor in what makes CPC a stand-out in the field of behavioral health in Monmouth County. “Any one person in treatment would have the support of their clinician, case manager, doctor and/or nurse. This level of engagement among caring professionals ensures the appropriate therapeutic plan.”
As a male Social Worker in a predominantly female profession, Brandon reflects on how the profession, and those it serves, could benefit from more men on the frontlines. “While social work values transcend gender, there is no underestimating the need for positive male role models for children. Gender diversity in the social work profession offers clients—both men and women—the opportunity to better connect, consider different needs, and offer valuable perspectives. I hope more men consider the profession as I did—following my passion has given me genuine satisfaction and has been one of my greatest blessings.” Brandon concludes by reflecting, “Ever since taking my first social work 101 course in undergrad, I've always been inspired by our field's capacity to invoke positive change in another human being. More so, our ability to connect and discuss difficult topics that stem from core values of providing meaning, integrity, understanding, and compassion. I am forever grateful for each social worker who has contributed to my growth, support, and knowledge in the field.”
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