MEET JAI MADDEN
Clinical Social Worker
Jai Madden, MSW, is a trauma-informed educator, speaker, advocate, and practicing clinical social worker seeking to transform mental health and health services towards a more profound expression of health, equity, and justice.
Jai has experiences in various settings, including residential programs with adolescents on the autism spectrum, school-based counseling, child welfare, hospital emergency room social worker, outpatient therapy, and in-home/wrap services through the CBHI model.
He started as a youth advocate in Jamaica around reproductive health rights, writing to local newspapers, doing radio interviews, and presenting to key stakeholders and community members on abortion rights, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQIA + issues. This shaped Jai's foundation of becoming a Guidance Counselor in Jamaica, where he planned and designed curriculums for middle and high schools and piloted a self-esteem program across the schools he worked in.
Having realized the injustice his clients faced with broken systems, he changed his path to pursue social work. He now has the added value of helping his clients navigate systems while supporting them therapeutically.
His clinical areas of interest are crisis interventions, ADHD, addictions/recovery, career, domestic violence, grief & loss, LGBTQIA+, trauma, depression, anxiety, empowerment, relationships, men's issues, personal growth, DEI, and social justice perspectives in clinical treatment. He employs treatment methodologies that place clients at the center, takes a holistic view, and relies on multiple techniques to help achieve optimal functionality in all aspects of a person's life.
Beyond working with clients, he has presented at major conferences such as The New England Association for College Admissions Counseling and International AIDS Conference in Washington DC, 2012, and has used his policy and program development expertise to draft anti-racist initiatives for the Department of Children and Families.
He is the assistant director of admissions for Boston College Social of Social Work. His philosophy is that every individual is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole and can set their own goals. They might just need a little push to become empowered.
Jai received Bachelor degrees from Mico University College and Assumption University and his Masters degree from Boston College. He has also completed TF-CBT, TILT, ARC, Solution Focused, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, RESPECTFUL framework, and Leaders for Equity and Justice in the Workplace trainings.