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About Mercy Model in Schools

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a residential home for youth ages 11-21. We work with our kids through an adapted therapeutic model we named “The Mercy Model.” This model of care is built on multiple evidence-informed frameworks in the field of child and adolescent traumatic stress, including the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Framework (ARC) from the Center for Trauma Training, The Transition to Independence Process (TIP) from the Stars Training Academy, and The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) from the Child Trauma Academy.

Mercy Home developed Mercy Model in Schools as our staff began to work extensively with our educator partners. Our Mercy Model in Schools team trains educators on the impact of trauma on the brain and how to respond effectively when faced with challenging behavior. We teach educators a variety of classroom strategies to develop resilient students.

To date, Mercy Home has offered training on-site at schools, at Mercy Home, and through webinars.

What are trauma-responsive practices?

Trauma-responsive practices ask “What happened to you?”  and “What do you need?” not “What’s wrong with you?”. These practices search for the reason behind behavior and meet the functional need, but also aim to teach students the skills they are lacking. For example, if a student is constantly interrupting class, we might encourage a teacher to schedule check-in times throughout the day, so the student knows when they can get their needs met. Mercy Model in Schools might also suggest some impulse control activities for the student to work on.

Trauma-responsive practices create a safe and supportive environment where healthy relationships can blossom. This means instilling routines and structure that is predictable for students by posting schedules and prompting for transitions.

How can using trauma-responsive practices improve schools?

Students with trauma histories can present many challenging behaviors in the classroom. Mercy Model in Schools aims to empower educators with knowledge in order to understand how trauma impacts behavior and the strategies to help every child learn. We believe that students make the biggest academic gains in safe, caring and supportive environments. Mercy Model in Schools teaches educators to view and respond to challenging behavior in productive ways that lead to skill building.

How can my school get involved?

Mercy Home has offered trauma-responsive training at schools for whole facility groups or departmental teams. Additionally, we host Open Houses and trainings at Mercy Home. You can learn virtually through our on-going webinar series.

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Mercy Model in Schools Partner Schools

Henry R. Clissold School

Holy Angels Catholic School

CICS West Belden

CICS Irving Park

CICS Prairie

CICS Bucktown