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Social Workers

Social workers are available to all patients and families of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). For more information call (206) 288-1076 or e-mail socialw@seattlecca.org.

Pre-arrival Consultations

If you are a new patient or a prospective new patient, social workers will offer you an overview of the services and resources available to you and your family at SCCA. During this time, we will discuss social and emotional issues pertaining to illness and treatment, and make suggestions on finding housing, doing fundraising, and tapping into available resources. If your child is getting care at Seattle Children’s, see Social Workers for Children and Teens.

Education & Support Groups

Social workers help educate patients and families about the psychosocial issues that surround medical care. As members of your health care team, social workers participate in patient care planning, family conferences, and patient and family education programs. Social workers co-facilitate various support groups for patients and families.

Advocacy and Referral Coordination

Social workers help patients and families access services within SCCA, as well as within the community. We act as advocates and facilitators for patients, and work with medical teams as needed. Social workers assist patients and families with communication, including developing problem-solving strategies that will help patients and families navigate the medical system more effectively.

Counseling

Whether you are a patient or a family member, you can ask social workers for support in coping with grief and loss, role changes, family dynamics, the challenges of living with a serious, chronic illness, and related emotional issues. Crisis intervention is available for patients and families experiencing acute distress related to changes in their medical condition, death and dying, or other stressful life events. Social workers also are available for follow-up grief counseling for families who have lost a loved one, and for end-of-life and funeral planning.