Dr. Maiden is an experienced qualitative researcher. His work includes a phenomenological study on The Lived Experiences of the Adolescent Father. This body of work captures the essence a population that has been marginalized by society. He has also developed a counseling model as a lens to view the individual’s experiences and the meanings derived from those experiences via the eco-constructivist model, which illustrates the reciprocal relationships that make up the individual’s experiences (e.g. behaviors, emotions) and his environment (e.g., family, school). He is currently developing a curriculum designed to integrate social, educational and community resources for this population.
Dr. Brian Scott Maiden has over fifteen years experience as a professional school counselor and was elected to the Virginia School Counselors Association Secondary Level Vice-President in the 2009-2010 election cycle. In his role as school counselor, he has developed multiple programs with the specific intent of addressing the needs of a multicultural and diverse student body. He has created many innovative programs designed to provide marginalized students greater opportunities to be engaged in their high school experiences.
To that end, Dr. Maiden founded and became the advisor of Gay and Lesbians Straight Education Network (GLSEN), at Osbourn high school; which was the first student organization at the high school to address the concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (and/or questioning) (GLBTQ) student body.
Dr. Maiden co-created the Twelve Rounds Counseling, Martial Arts, and Boxing program to address specific issues being faced primarily by the Hispanic population at Osbourn high school and within the greater Manassas community. This program was established to combat active gang recruitment taking place at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the City of Manassas. The program provided targeted students with alternatives to negative behavior such as truancy, bullying, under-age drinking and gang involvement. Although that program was a controversial initiative, Dr. Maiden and colleagues were able to successfully establish this program by obtaining buy-in from key members of the Manassas City School Board, other community leaders, supporters and advocates of the program as well as the program participants themselves and their parents. The program would never have come to fruition without substantial collaboration and cooperation of various members within and outside of the Manassas City Schools, including the Manassas City Police Department.
Finally, Dr. Maiden founded and became the advisor of The Take Over – a leadership organization designed to improve the culture and environment within the Manassas City Public Schools. He is currently designing a curriculum to assist adolescent teenage fathers in making the transition to Fatherhood.
Upon completion of his doctoral program, Dr. Maiden began teaching in higher ed, developing counseling courses for Masters level students, which he taught at Virginia
Tech. He also taught student development classes at Northern Virginia Community College. He is currently teaching, Group Counseling, Internship-School Counseling, and Counseling for Special Needs at Virginia State University.
In the late 1990s, Dr. Maiden was involved with the City of Alexandria’s Anger Management Counseling Program. At the time, this was a fairly new and innovative response to domestic violence convictions, in the state of Virginia. Currently, Batterer’s Intervention Programs are widely utilized as a method of holding domestic violent offender’s accountable for their actions and preventing or limiting the time that such offenders would spend incarcerated.
Dr. Brian Maiden holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Education as well as a Masters in Counseling Education from Virginia Tech. For his undergraduate work, he acquired a Bachelors in Sociology from Morgan State University.