• PATHWAYS: Counselor working with student

    The PATHWAYS Program provides culturally-sensitive individual and group counseling, family outreach and engagement, and consultation services for youth in the Boston Public Schools.

  • PATHWAYS: Student taking test

    The program is offered to students who are coping with significant life challenges that interfere with their ability to learn, function and thrive in school, at home, and in the community.

  • PATHWAYS: Diverse Students Graduating

    The program's primary objectives are to promote a supportive learning environment, enhance students' coping skills, and create pathways toward a bright and successful future.

The PATHWAYS Program

Founded in 2013, the PATHWAYS Program is a unique campus-community collaboration between William James College and the Boston Public Schools. As a school-based counseling program, it is designed to address the unmet social-emotional needs of students by providing an array of trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive, and systems-oriented mental health services. The program focuses on students who have experienced traumatic life events, are coping with significant psychological and emotional distress, and have engaged in disruptive behaviors (e.g., school truancy, chronic absenteeism) that may interfere with their academic performance and social-emotional well-being.

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Our Mission

The program’s primary objective is to increase access for urban youth to school-based, culturally-sensitive, and trauma-informed mental health services that are aimed at raising students’ awareness of the impact of trauma on well-being, enhancing students’ positive coping skills, promoting students’ attitudes toward school engagement, increasing graduation rates, and improving the overall psychosocial well-being of urban youth.

Who We Serve

Services provided through the PATHWAYS Program include comprehensive psychosocial and intake assessments, individual therapy, group counseling, case management and care coordination. The program also offers school-based consultation services, family outreach and engagement, and referrals to outpatient and in-home therapy.

Services We Offer

The PATHWAYS Program provides psychosocial assessments, individual and group therapy, case management, and mentoring services. The program also offers school-based consultation services, family outreach and engagement, and referrals to outpatient and in-home therapy.

Practicum Training Program

The PATHWAYS Program offers field education experiences for practicum-level graduate students who are enrolled in the counseling and clinical psychology programs at William James College. Trainees must have prior clinical, volunteering, and/or work-related experience with children, adolescents, and families; a demonstrated interest in providing trauma-informed care and culturally-responsive clinical services to urban youths and families; and a strong commitment to working in a school setting.

The practicum training program is designed to prepare graduate students to meet the growing demand for culturally-sensitive mental health services for individuals and groups from culturally diverse backgrounds. Trainees receive hands-on clinical training and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to deliver trauma-informed, systems-based, and client-centered mental health care to youth and families from historically marginalized and underserved communities.

For More Information

Please contact:

Shani Turner, PhD 
Director, PATHWAYS Program 
William James College 
1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
617-327-6777 x1300