Loren Faith Buford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the clinical program Supervisor of Senior Services at Metropolitan Family Services in DuPage County. She supervises the Senior Counseling and Family Caregiver Programs, which include a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group, in-home and in-office counseling services, and support groups for adults ages 60 and over, and for unpaid family caregivers. Loren is a Certified Dementia Practitioner and licensed to provide the Dementia Live experience to help others gain greater awareness and understanding of the struggles affecting persons with dementia.
Loren’s experience includes counseling people of all ages with dual mental health diseases and chronic medical illnesses, complicated by trauma. As part of the training team at HRDI, she provided supervision, training and developed psychodrama groups for clients with mental health issues and HIV. Loren was project coordinator for Chicago State University’s HIV Youth Prevention Education (HYPE) Program, where she supervised a student and teaching artist collaboration to promote public awareness through student performances, educational outreach and community partnerships. She was also program coordinator for a Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) funded program servicing DCFS youth and their families, where she identified, researched and wrote grant proposals to fund these services. In addition, Loren has provided in-home mental health care services for older adults as a therapist with the In-Home Counseling for Seniors Agency, covering Chicago and the Western Suburbs.
Her ardent belief is that elder adults and children are our most vulnerable populations and deserve our advocacy, protection and the best care possible. “The innocence of our babies and the wisdom of our elders is priceless and must be preserved and protected at all costs.”