LAUREN FARINA joined the adjunct faculty at the Virtual Academic Center in 2014. Previously, she served as an external field instructor for USC Master of Social Work students in the Employee Assistance Program at Loyola University Health System (LUHS), where she works full time as manager of the program. In this role, she helps employees manage their stress and other psychosocial problems from a mindfulness-based perspective.
Her background is in crisis intervention, mental health and health care social work, with a focus on positive psychology. A licensed clinical social worker in the state of Illinois, she has experience applying various treatment modalities, including crisis intervention, case management, brief treatment and long-term therapy to both children and adults. In her current role at LUHS, she provides assessments, referrals and short-term counseling to employees, in addition to critical incident stress response and education on topics related to mindfulness and stress management.
Farina serves on the board of directors of the Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association and the employee advisory board of the LaGrange Area Department of Special Education. She also participates in various committees at LUHS, including the Schwartz Rounds Committee and the Father Baumhart Committee.