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Center for Effective Child Therapy

Center for Effective Child Therapy

"I enjoyed everyone that worked at the Center for Effective Child Therapy... our therapist was caring, flexible, knowledgeable and friendly and made my son's life better and mine as well. I would recommend CECT and our therapist who made my son work with his issues and helped him hold on."
- Mother of a 13 year-old Son with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
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Does Therapy Work? Check out our recent blog post in honor of Children's Mental Health Week 2019

The Center for Effective Child Therapy (CECT) at Judge Baker provides mental health assessments and focused short-term treatments for children and their families. We use only evidence-based treatments, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which have been scientifically proven to work. At CECT, we continually monitor your child’s progress in order to individualize treatment and maximize gains. 

We do this by using proven assessment tools and listening closely to the children and families we work with, ensuring that everyone takes an active part in goal-setting and treatment. These careful assessments help us go far beyond a child’s diagnosis; we can focus on what the child and family hope to change. Sometimes the greatest change can come from learning a new set of skills in addition to treating the underlying issues.

One of our primary goals is to help children develop resiliency – an internal sense of stability that allows them to face the challenges of daily life. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back from a setback. It’s the sense of empowerment children have when they realize they have control over their feelings and behavior. And it’s the ability to grow and thrive.

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  • The Center for Effective Child Therapy promotes the best possible mental health of children by using scientifically proven treatments in the assessment and treatment of children and families of diverse communities.
  • We train mental health professionals in our treatment models to increase the quality of care throughout our communities.
  • We expand public awareness and inform public policy through the use of research, data and advocacy with local youth organizations.


The Center for Effective Child Therapy focuses on care that works for children by using evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This means that we help children and families using effective, sustainable treatments that have withstood rigorous clinical testing. 

We measure and track results to hold ourselves accountable to children and families. Our focus on data and quantifiable measures gives us unique insight into the best ways to help children and families find – and stay on – the best course for them. 


Judge Baker Children's Center is a national leader in the research of effective and sustainable evidence-based treatments for children and young adolescents, and in the dissemination of these findings through scientific articles, books, news media, and post-doctoral education. 

Judge Baker Children's Center believes the dissemination of evidence-based treatments is a critical step in narrowing the gap between research and practice. We are working to bring the research into practice by training mental health providers in the New England area.

The Center for Effective Child Therapy's work is made possible,  in part, by the generosity of foundations, corporations, and individuals, including:

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The IAM Strong Foundation: 
The IAM Strong Foundation works to shatter the stigma associated with teen mental health issues, emphasizing the need to treat mental health issues no differently than physical health issues.