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Does Therapy Work?

May 7, 2019

Nancy K. Gajee, Ph.D. & Matthew J. Pecoraro, MSW From May 5th to May 11th we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. This annual event invites us to reflect on the ways we can help children grow, learn, and thrive - especially the one-in-five children that the CDC reports struggle with diagnosable mental health concerns.** Here we address some common questions we’ve heard parents, teachers, and even youth ask about ways therapy can help when children struggle with emotional and behavioral issues. Does therapy work?Yes! Therapy works for many of the mental health problems exp...

President's Blog ~ March 2019

March 5, 2019

As winter draws to a close, the final weeks of often dark and dismal days slowly begin to give way to the signs of spring. The long winter months can be difficult for those of us who live in the northeast, and seasonal depression is common as winter wears on into February and March. Children are working hard in school with summer seeming a distant future. For some children, the lack of being able to go outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine can lead to them feeling cooped up and needing an outlet. Some families may seek help at our Center for Effective Child Therapy to ...
CECT Article: School Refusal Red Flags

SCHOOL REFUSAL: Reasons and Red Flags that Every Parent Should Know

October 18, 2018

By Sarah A. Tannenbaum, Psy.D.Staff Psychologist at the Center for Effective Child Therapy, Boston MA Click Here to Download the Article  Statistics indicate that as many as 25% of school-aged children will engage in some degree of refusing to go to school before they reach 18. For some students, school refusal (when a child resists going to school on a regular basis or has problems staying in school) can be a symptom of a more si...
CECT Article: Dealing with Homework Issues

Warning Signs that Homework Battles Are More than Just a Passing Struggle

September 25, 2018

By Sarah A. Tannenbaum, Psy.D.Staff Psychologist at the Center for Effective Child Therapy, Boston MA Click Here to Download the Article  For some children, “playing hooky” is a rite of passage while growing up. But for parents with children who regularly refuse school, it can be a frustrating sign of more significant psychological issues.  We Can Help If you feel that regular homework battles are beginning to affect your child a...
Bob Franks

President's Blog ~ August 2018

August 17, 2018

As we begin the new school year, it’s hard to believe how quickly summer vacation has gone by. This past year has been extremely eventful. Families have been inundated with news, social media and daily challenges. For many, summer is a time to reset, spend time with family and enjoy a “break” from our busy lives. For others, the summer may have been challenging—especially for families who have children with behavioral health and special education challenges where the lack of structure and intensity of “togetherness” can be both demanding and stressful. At Judge Baker, we try to sup...
Dr. Bob Franks

President's Blog ~ October 2017

October 20, 2017

As we celebrate our Centennial Year, we look back on the history of Judge Baker Children’s Center. Established in 1917, the Center was developed to address the social and mental health needs of the children of greater Boston as a legacy to the work of Judge Harvey H. Baker who was the first juvenile court judge in Massachusetts. Judge Baker saw children in his court who were labeled as “delinquent”, but he saw them differently. Through his court, he worked to try and get children the help and support they lacked. He believed these vulnerable youth needed intervention and support—not pu...

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