Care for the Caregiver Is Here for You and Your Family

Care for the Caregiver is a comprehensive program designed to ease potential work environment stress, especially in times of crisis. Our services include free housing accommodations for our frontline workers and emotional well-being support services for our team and their families.

Emotional Well-Being Program

As our health care team continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, their families also face unique challenges. Our emotional well-being program not only provides support to our staff, but it also offers resources uniquely tailored to their families.

In collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Center for Work and Family Life, Care for the Caregiver has brought together a wide range of emotional well-being resources designed to help the families of our team cope with the stress resulting from having a loved one deployed to the COVID-19 frontlines.

Services include stress management webinars, drop-in Zoom support groups and workshops provided by licensed clinicians and a telephone support line. Our Care for the Caregiver program is here for you and your family to offer support during these challenging times.

Telephone Support Line

Any health care worker or family member over the age of 18 can call (323) 865-9897 to receive free, informal telephone support. It is an opportunity to discuss stress you are feeling from working on the front line, working remotely, juggling the demands of family and work, fears of exposure, being quarantined, the inability to see loved ones and other topics. This is intended to provide empathy and guidance, not formal psychotherapy. Our team is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Drop-in Zoom Groups

Self-Care for Families and Significant Others
Professionally led drop-in groups provide opportunities to share worries, fears and common reactions that families may experience during this difficult time as their loved ones fight on the front line of a pandemic. These groups will encourage peer support and efforts to identify and strengthen individual coping skills. They will include reinforcement of self-care and build bonds with others who understand. These groups are not psychotherapy and are for family members age 18 and older.

Self-Care for Teenage Family Members
Self-Care for Teenage Family Members (ages 13-17) is an online drop-in group for teenagers who may be affected by a parent or family member who is serving on the front lines of the pandemic. The focus of the group will be to share common experiences and worries in a supportive and respectful way, and will aim at building strength and resilience. Marissa Corona, PhD, will lead the drop-in group.

  • Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m.*

*IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to protect the privacy of teenagers, all participants must have a signed parental consent before accessing the group. Please have your parent email Careforthecaregiver-teens@med.usc.edu to obtain the parental consent form and get linked to the group.

Marissa Corona, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at Keck Medicine of USC. She is a trained child and adolescent psychologist and specializes in evidence-based psychological treatments for adolescents and young adults.