Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC)
cultivating holistic wellness for Boston’s youth workers
Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC) provides mental health and wellness services to youth workers essential to the health and wellness of youth of color in Boston.
Youth workers served by TBCC are individuals who are employed or volunteer in roles serving youth in Boston, particularly youth of color. Through 18 years of service, we have come to understand the gaps in wellness and mental health care for youth workers. In response, TBCC provides individual and group therapy, and mental health wellness workshops focused on youth workers. Their mental health is essential to the care they provide for youth of color in Boston.
Founded in 2002, Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC) of Trinity Boston Connects (TBC) served disenfranchised populations by providing a safe and healing space to bring their whole selves, including culture, race, ethnicity, and spirituality, to therapy. It was founded by Rev. Zina Jacque, an ordained Baptist minister and led by Arville Stephen, a member of Trinity Church, who served as clinical director. TBCC began with a mission to extend access for people of color (POC) who needed a place for quality mental health care that was culturally responsive and attended to the whole person with an emphasis in spirituality. We continue to focus on providing mental health and holistic wellness services to POC youth in Boston but have added a focus on youth workers.
TBCC focuses its services on providing individual therapy, group therapy, consultation and training for youth workers. Youth workers are individuals who spend the bulk of their time (vocational or volunteer) providing services for, mentoring, supporting, and/or teaching youth (ages 0-18).
In our extensive experience with youth, youth workers, and youth serving agencies we have found that youth workers need more support and with increased support they create better outcomes for youth.
Youth worker wellness and resilience is heavily dependent on:
• Self-efficacy: perceived ability to do youth work well
• Opportunities for Professional Development
• Peer support & Collaboration
• Ongoing feedback and outcomes-based evaluation of their impact on youth
• Impact of our therapy with youth workers
meet our team
individuals served in our 2018-19 caseload
Youth workers reported a significant decrease in overall distress and significant improvements in self-efficacy.
229 youth in custody participated in our Restorative Yoga Program, 2017-19
Youth described yoga as “stress free, fun, and most importantly helpful” and “the best group I’ve had while being [in DYS]”.
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