Licensure: LCSW – Expected 2022
Education: MSW – University of California, Berkeley, CA
Internships: Abode Services, Hayward, CA & San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA
I believe that authentic, respectful relationships are an essential foundation for helping kids and families achieve positive outcomes. I work to understand each patient’s unique strengths and challenges. My goal is to partner with youth and families to foster lifelong health and resilience."– Maddy Aden, MSW, CSWA
From a young age, Maddy imagined herself in a helping profession, like teaching or counseling. After college, she landed a job at an all-boys charter high school, tutoring and mentoring ninth graders. For Maddy, the highlight of her role was building relationships with the students, getting to know about their families, their experiences in the community, and the barriers they faced to success in high school and beyond. Looking back, she says these connections made a lasting impact and planted the seed for social work.
Eventually Maddy moved on to public policy research, where she helped implement and study social programs in schools and juvenile justice settings. Although the work was meaningful and gave her a deeper understanding of the systemic issues impacting vulnerable youth, she missed direct practice. She was soon on her way to California to get her master’s in social work. Since then, Maddy has worked at a housing agency with youth aging out of foster care, an elementary school , and a community mental health agency. All of this brought her to Metropolitan Pediatrics, her first integrated behavioral health role in a primary care setting.
As a pediatric social worker, Maddy views each day as an opportunity to help young people at pivotal stages in their lives. She’s honored to bear witness to their stories, help them through some of life’s most challenging moments, and work toward their goals together. Her efforts are always rewarded with children’s honesty, curiosity, and fun! Kids bring Maddy joy and energy, teach her new things, and challenge her to be her most authentic self. Their thoughtfulness, insight, and resilience give her hope for the future.
Between appointments, Maddy indulges her professional interests in attachment theory and the impact of early childhood experiences on long-term health and well-being. She also enjoys developing clinical skills in early childhood interventions.
At home, Maddy loves spending time with her husband and incredibly sweet, loving, work-in-progress dog. She’s an adoring aunt to a niece and nephew in Iowa, stealing away for a visit any chance she gets. Other favorite escapes include the woods for a hike or run, or her kitchen to bake something yummy. Maddy looks forward to adopting more sustainable practices in her daily life and sprucing up the house every Saturday (cleaning makes her happy and relaxed).
We’d love to welcome you into the Metro Pediatrics family!