Children who are treated at The Valerie Fund Children's Centers receive comprehensive health care. This not only includes state-of-the-art medical care, but the care of the patient's mental and emotional well-being. From diagnosis to well after treatment has ended, The Valerie Fund Center's multidisciplinary team identifies and treats the physical and emotional effects that manifest in pediatric patients. Psychological effects can include changes in attitude and behavior, breakdown in interpersonal relationships, depression and anxiety.
Social workers provide pediatric patients with the emotional support and expertise that comes from those who understand their needs. They can address the very natural and real fears patients face based on the individual child’s personality and where they are developmentally, whether the child is three years old or seventeen years old. Having psychosocial clinicians work through issues with patients and parents increases their level of comfort and compliance in accepting a treatment plan. And that can mean the difference between life and death.