Our social workers play a crucial role in meeting the psychosocial needs of patients and their families at CHOC Children’s. The social services department is staffed by master’s level social workers, many of whom are licensed clinical social workers by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Our social workers are active members of many of the multidisciplinary teams at CHOC including inpatient and outpatient areas. Our social workers are here to listen, share information and provide support and assistance to families and the medical team. Any member of the health care team, patient or parent/caregiver is able to request a social services consultation.
CHOC social workers maintain a wide range of roles in their profession. Social workers collaborate with outside agencies on behalf of the medical team such as schools and community nursing, and facilitate support groups and disease-specific education days. Providing crisis intervention, education, advocacy, resource referral and bereavement support are also just a few of the other ways social workers assist patients and their families at CHOC.
Social workers conduct assessments to help determine what resources are appropriate for a family. The social worker and family collaborate in determining how to address the family’s unique needs. Through the generous donation of the Swenson Family Foundation, CHOC social workers are able to assist families in need and those experiencing unexpected financial hardship.
For more information, please call 714-509-8521.