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Helene Morgan - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Helene Morgan Helene Morgan

Adjunct Assistant Professor Dept. of Children Youth and Families | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Helene Morgan serves as a clinical social worker for the first pediatric palliative care program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


HELENE MORGAN joined the adjunct faculty in 2010.

Since 2008, she has been serving as a clinical social worker for the first pediatric palliative care program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In this role, she provides psychosocial and end-of-life support for patients and their families as part of an interdisciplinary team. She also provides education to medical staff addressing palliative care and end-of-life issues and offers grief support to medical staff in the form of support groups. In addition, she created a bereavement protocol for parents and families following the death of a child.

Previously, she served as a clinical social worker for TrinityKids Care in Torrance, California, a nonprofit pediatric hospice providing in-home, end-of-life care to children and their families. She also worked as a project coordinator for the Los Angeles Medical Home Coalition, a pilot project focused on improving the coordination of care for children with special health care needs and their families.

She received her master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an ongoing contributor to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine newsletter.

Education (2)

University of California, Los Angeles: M.S.W., Social Welfare 1982

Arizona State University: B.A. 1978

Cum Laude

Areas of Expertise (2)

End-of-Life Issues

Palliative Care

Industry Expertise (2)

Health and Wellness


Affiliations (1)

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles : Clinical Social Worker

Languages (1)

  • Spanish


Research Articles & Publications (2)

Developing a Pediatric Palliative Care Service in a Large Urban Hospital: Challenges, Lessons, and Successes Journal of Palliative Medicine

Emily S. Edlynn, PhD, Sabrina Derrington, MD, Helene Morgan, MSW, Jennifer Murray, CPNP, Beatriz Ornelas, MA and Giovanni Cucchiaro, MD

2013 We report the process of creating a new palliative care service at a large, urban children's hospital. Our aim was to provide a detailed guide to developing an inpatient consultation service, along with reporting on the challenges, lessons, and evaluation.

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A Self-Care Retreat for Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

Altounji, D., Morgan, H., Grover, M. & Daldumyan, S.

2012 Pediatric hematology oncology nurses face a variety of stressors while working in this specialty field. Through hematology oncology staff group discussions, nurses identified a myriad physical and emotional stressors they experienced, and expressed concern regarding possible burnout. They described facing stressors related to experiencing loss, grief, moral and ethical dilemmas, and administering complex treatment regimens. To address these concerns, a hematology oncology nursing supportive care committee envisioned and implemented 3 off-site self-care retreats. The committee’s primary purpose was to create a therapeutic and supportive environment for all participants, while allowing time for relaxation, reflection, and serenity. The primary goals for the retreats were to heal nurses from their reported past trauma and stress and to provide them effective coping strategies for the ongoing stressors they will inevitably face. In a collaborative effort, the committee members developed an agenda including presentations, group discussions, and relaxation activities. Written evaluations were completed by each participant to assess the benefit of the retreat. Overall feedback was extremely positive, with the majority of the participants finding great value in this experience.

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