Trinity @ McCormack

Trinity Boston Foundation’s Integrated School-Based Model, “Trinity@McCormack,” is an integrated model of student support that offers both individual counseling and school-wide services to further the development of a safe and supportive school community. Trinity@McCormack aims to foster a sense of belonging and success among students who face high levels of risk by drawing on the principles of restorative justice, trauma-informed care and racial equity.

Individual Counseling and Clinical support

The Trinity@McCormack clinical program provides trauma-informed individual and group therapy, school success planning, classroom support and family case management to 20-30 students at high risk for dropping out of high school.  Students are referred based on challenges with attendance, interpersonal behavior, and school engagement.  Trinity’s program is designed specifically to address how experiences of trauma and toxic stress affect students’ ability to learn.  Program interventions focus on increasing students’ sense of personal agency, self-regulation, self- worth, problem-solving skills, self-reflection, critical observation, leadership and future planning. In the intimate community of the Trinity@McCormack program, students are able to develop and practice skills that can then be brought to the larger school community.  The Trinity@McCormack clinical program also facilitates professional development opportunities for teachers and staff to increase their knowledge of trauma-informed work and social-emotional supports in schools.

Student Supports

Individual school success plans are created for each student based on the school’s A-B-C Framework: Attendance, Behavior and Coursework.  Trinity clinicians track students progress on all three areas and collaborate with families, teachers and specialists to create a unique support system that meets each student needs.

In addition to supporting students A-B-C outcomes, Trinity@McCormack clinicians offer trauma-informed individual therapy and family outreach appropriate for each child’s developmental stage.  Therapeutic goals are focused on supporting students’ emotional wellness and include traditional therapy techniques (CBT, Narrative, Solution Focused & Relational) and additional supports such as art therapy, yoga and mindfulness, and the development of a positive racial identity and critical consciousness.

In addition to individual supports, students have access to Trinity’s re-regulation room throughout the school day. The re-regulation room is a trauma-informed intervention that supports students’ learning of self-regulation and emotional intelligence.  Students can access the re-regulation room when they are upset, overwhelmed or are asked to leave class due to behavior.  The re-regulation space is specifically designed to be a time-limited support for students to re-gain control over their emotions and bodies and be able to return to class ready to engage in learning.

School –Wide Supports

Trinity@McCormack’s school-wide intervention helps to bring students, staff, families and community partners together to find creative and connected ways to support all students.  Through restorative justice practices the school wide program supports staff and students in creating a school community in which all members feel valued, wanted and heard, and every individual has the supports that they need to succeed.  Additionally, the Trinity@McCormack program brings together community resources, private donors and school staff to develop a community of care that can address the full needs of students and families.