Leah Maxwell, LCSW –  Distance Program Coordinator

Leah Maxwell, LCSW

Leah completed her BSW (2002) and MSW (2003) at the University of Maine. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 15 years of experience working in both residential and outpatient settings. She has provided individual, group, and family therapies with children and adults, having particular expertise in co-occurring disorders and evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health practice.

She began teaching part-time at the School of Social Work in 2010 and became the Distance Program Director in 2017. She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs including the Integrative Ethics Seminar (SWK 600), Human Behavior and the Social Environment (SWK 351 and SWK 550), and Field Seminar (SWK 495 and SWK 595).

As the Distance Program Coordinator, Leah has lead responsibility for the Online-Blended MSW Program, including marketing the program, conducting information sessions for applicants, and providing orientations for new students. She selects, develops, and evaluates practicum sites for distance students throughout the state, and she works closely with the Field Team in screening and placing students and in offering training to Field Instructors. She provides academic and professional advising to students in the Distance Program. In 2019, the Online-Blended MSW Program was selected as a UMaineGold program requiring courses to reach a certain standard for inclusion; Leah has served as the UMaineGold Coordinator.

In 2019, Leah became the School of Social Work Program Manager for the statewide, multidisciplinary, five-year initiative AgingME aimed at enhancing the geriatric workforce in Maine. She works closely with the UMaine Center on Aging in providing supervision to MSW students choosing to participate in the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), and in offering training to both students and community practitioners.