Pediatric Support Services

Psychosocial Services

While medical care is an essential part of our treatment program, we believe that the psychosocial support services that we offer to our patients and their families are an integral part of their care. The psychosocial staff are specially trained in pediatric hematology/oncology support services.

Our social workers provide family assessment, education and supportive counseling to assist children and their families in adjusting to the diagnosis, as well as the adaptation to an often long treatment course. Our social workers coordinate the appropriate community referrals and assist with practical concerns.

Child Life Services

Our child life specialist conducts a psychosocial support program in the play area of our treatment center. In a comfortable non-threatening atmosphere, this specialist uses play to help the children express their feelings and to help them focus on getting well. For more information about Child Life Services at Cedars-Sinai, click here.

Reaching Out to the Community

Keeping children healthy throughout our community is a vital mission of the Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center. Through COACH for Kids®, the center's two mobile medical units provide no-cost health and social services to underserved communities across 28 Los Angeles ZIP codes.