Trinity Boston Counseling Center (TBCC)
cultivating holistic wellness for Boston’s youth and youth workers
Studies show racial disparities in access to adequate mental health and wellness services and support for people of color. Studies also show that feelings of self-efficacy, social emotional well-being, professional development and healthy work environments are central to successful youth work. Our 16 years of service experience has reinforced the need to take care of our youth workers who are on the front lines supporting youth. When the caregiver is taken care of our young people have better outcomes.
TBCC connects youth, and adults working with youth and adjudicated Department of Youth Services (DYS) youth, to culturally competent mental health and wellness services. TBCC sustains youth workers in the work, and meets the mental health needs of youth, through counseling, mindfulness (Yoga), training, and consultation.
TBCC opened its doors in April of 2002 as an outreach ministry of the Trinity Church of Boston. 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.
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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