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The Impact and Expansion of The Valerie Fund Psychology Program

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
12/13/16

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.

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Topics: psychologists, psychosocial support, education, pediatric, cancer, caregivers, awareness, centers

The Psychosocial Approach: Psychologists Tackling Emotional Stress

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
01/19/16
Pediatric psychologists play a prominent role in helping patients and families manage the impact of having a life threatening disease. From the moment a child and their family arrive at the hospital there is an urgency to confirm a suspected diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder and begin treatment. Not only is their world turned upside down, the medical and psychosocial implications of the disease and treatment are major and ongoing. Parents who have difficulty coping with their child’s cancer diagnosis feel relieved after hearing that it is common for many parents to experience the same feelings. Some are unsure about how to discipline a child battling an illness. Siblings may experience their own fears and anxieties, and may receive less attention from parents while their brother or sister is in treatment. On-site psychologists offer psychological counseling services to patients and their parents when these needs arise 
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Topics: psychologists, psychosocial support

Hematology/Oncology Social Workers: One Person, Many Roles

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
01/12/16

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.

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Topics: psychosocial support, social worker

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Join in the fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders: donate, participate in an event, or volunteer your time. Our philosophy is that to truly heal the children whose care we are entrusted, we must treat them emotionally, socially, and developmentally, as well as medically.

 

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