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About Evidence Based Treatments

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Proven, sustainable treatments

If a treatment for emotional or behavioral problems is “evidence-based,” what does that mean? Evidence-based treatments have been proven effective in clinical research trials. We can also think of these more simply as best practices.

Over the past four decades, several interventions have emerged that are consistently proven effective in helping youth with anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behavior problems.

The Center for Effective Child Therapy at Judge Baker Children's Center is committed to expanding the use of best practices (evidence-based treatments) in child and family mental health. Judge Baker Children's Center is a national leader in the research of evidence-based treatments for children and young adolescents, and in the dissemination of these findings through published work and training new generations of mental health professionals.

Over the past decade, a new model has emerged for mental health care of children, with a specific focus on youth with multiple disorders or problems. This new model, called Child STEPs, combines a treatment protocol, the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct Problems (MATCH), with a child progress and outcome monitoring system called Treatment Response Assessment for Children (TRAC).

The Center for Effective Child Therapy utilizes this new protocol, as well as a number of other evidence-based treatments, in our work with youth who suffer with anxiety, depression, trauma, and disruptive behavior.