Senior Division Director of Health and Well-Being
Mauricio Cifuentes, Ph.D., LICSW, came to CLUES in July 2013. He initially trained in Colombia as a lawyer where he practiced and taught law for almost twenty years until he shifted his focus to pursue clinical social work. Mauricio moved to the U.S. and in 2003 graduated from the Masters of Social Work Program at Loyola University Chicago. After designing and overseeing a mental health program for Latino immigrants in Chicago, he returned to Loyola and earned a Ph.D. in Social Work in 2010. His dissertation focused on social stigma as a barrier to remaining in therapy for Latino clients from the perspective of Latino clinicians. Prior to CLUES, Mauricio taught at Loyola University, Chicago, at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, and Augsburg College in Minneapolis. For Mauricio, it is the desire to serve his Latino community and the opportunity to be creative in crafting responses to the many challenges facing the community that motivates his work every day. By using and focusing on the amazing strengths of the Latino community as a place of departure, Mauricio is encouraged by the power his clients demonstrate in overcoming their circumstances to achieve happier, healthier lives.