We are excited about the research study from the University of Florida’s Center of Spirituality and Health conducted by Ana Puig Ph.D., Louis Ritz Ph.D., Monika Ardelt Ph.D., Barbara Rienzo Ph.D., Emi Lenes, Doctoral Student. The findings were presented in April at the 2013 Association of Death Education and Counseling 35th Annual Conference. The following is a description of the research:
The proposed research aims to explore the impact of the Streetlight program on its undergraduate student volunteers. The Streetlight program trains pre-health professional students to provide emotional support for youth suffering with a serious chronic/terminal illness at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida. More specifically we will examine current and former team members’ expectations as they began their experience, their career goals at the onset of participating in the program, insights and transformations felt throughout the experience, and intrapersonal changes (e.g. attitudes about death and dying, personal and professional transformations) resulting from participating in the program, and final outcomes related to career path.