Kathleen Kaib, MSS, MLSP, LCSW

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Kathleen Kaib, MSS, MLSP, LCSW, is a social worker with the Justin Michael Ingerman Center for Palliative Care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Kathleen Kaib MSS, MLSP, LCSW, (she/her) has been a social worker for over 20 years. She joined the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 2020 , working as a bereavement social worker.

Kathleen received her undergraduate degree in sociology at Elizabethtown College and her Masters of Social Service and Masters in Law and Social Policy at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Kathleen currently provides supportive counseling to caregivers who are grieving the death of their child as well as adults who are grieving the death of their sibling. She develops and facilitates caregiver groups and other programming to support grieving families.

Kathleen has dedicated her career to stand by people in their most difficult days recognizing that everyone’s journey looks different. Prior to her time at CHOP, Kathleen worked with people on death row and their families. She believes that everyone needs and deserves a space to grieve and a person to sit with them while they bravely face their grief. Kathleen teaches her clients self compassion, reminding them that we often give everyone around us compassion and love but don’t give the same to ourselves. Kathleen plans to continue to share the message that everyone deserves self compassion for the rest of her career.

Elizabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler are quoted as saying “the reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not get over the loss of a loved one; you'll learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same nor would you want to.” I firmly believe this is true and try to guide people to remember this as they grieve.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Forensic Social Work

Undergraduate Degree

BA in Sociology - Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA

Graduate Degree

Social Work and Law and Social Policy - Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Social Worker

Departments and Services