As a second-year social work student, I worked at Trinity Boston Counseling Center, which is part of Trinity Boston Foundation. As an intern, I provided individual counseling and also worked at their offsite program, Street Potential – a program that provides life skills and vocational training to court-involved youth. TBCC uses several frameworks that truly show how client-centered they are in their counseling work. The team has a superb understanding of trauma and uses a trauma-informed framework in working with clients. As well, TBCC’s open-minded approach to integrating spirituality with counseling allows the client to define whether, what, and how spirituality nourishes them. There is also an amazing sense of observing sacred space together. As clinicians, we always thought about the sacred space we were developing with our clients. For instance, how is it defined by our clients, ourselves as clinicians, and by our interaction with each other in relationship? In staff meetings we regularly took moments at the beginning of each meeting to observe the sacred space created by the presence of those in the room (and often those who were missing) and what we would be discussing next. This type of meditation on space might seem small to some, but it meant that everyone was present in the moment to discuss topics at hand. The staff at Trinity is extremely seasoned, but they are always integrating new ways of applying knowledge acquired through relationship with clients, consultants, interns, and each other. There is a strong sense of team, collaboration, respect, and gratitude.
My year as an intern was pivotal in my development as a clinician, I learned valuable information about working with individuals, groups, and youth through a trauma and spirituality framework to truly “meet clients where they are.”
Amy Wong Hope