Clinical Social Work

The stress and anxiety that often accompany cancer diagnosis and treatment can weigh on patients and their loved ones. City of Hope’s clinical social workers are available to assist patients and their family with the emotional adjustment to the patient's illness.
 
Clinical social workers are especially helpful at critical transition points, such as during a new diagnosis, change in treatment, worsening prognosis or end-of-life care. They can also help with concrete needs including transportation, community resources and financial assistance. All social workers specialize in providing psychosocial services to City of Hope patients and their families.
 
We provide the following services and support:
  • Psychosocial assessments
  • Individual and family psychosocial supportive counseling
  • End-of-life care
  • Child and elder abuse or neglect assessments
  • Crisis intervention
  • Interdisciplinary team support
  • Grief and bereavement counseling
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Referrals for transportation
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Information on advance directives
  • Suicide assessments
  • Support groups
  • Applications for disability and DMV disabled applications 
 
For more information, contact the Clinical Social Work Office at 626-218-2282.
 

Clinical Social Work Leadership

Nellie Garcia, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., M.S.G.
Director of Clinical Social Work, Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Courtney Bitz, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Clinical Social Work Manager, Department of Supportive Care Medicine