Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Jacob’s Heart Children Cancer Support Services is a local nonprofit agency that provides support for families of children that have been diagnosed with cancer. Due to the complicated treatment processes and their effects, families of children with cancer experience high levels of psychological distress. To support these families, Jacob’s Heart intends on providing a respite care program. However, interns at Jacob’s Heart are unprepared to provide respite care to families experiencing a cancer diagnosis. An educational intervention was utilized to prepare interns to confidently provide quality, compassionate respite care to families of children with cancer. The training curriculum developed has four main foci: cultural humility, compassion and empathy, listening, and speaking. As expected, the curriculum was approved by staff for future implementation. Alternative recommendations to address psychological distress among families include developing a base of long-term volunteers to provide consistent respite care.