Feature Story

On March 30th, Judge Baker Children's Center held a statewide policy forum focusing on Early Childhood Development: Implications for Policy, Systems and Practice at the University of Massachusetts Club in Boston. The Forum  examined the continuum of services and support available in Massachusetts to young children and their families, and discussed how Massachusetts has an opportunity to become a national leader in early childhood development by expanding use of evidence-informed practices that promote quality care. Click here to download a copy of the policy brief.

Dr. Robert Franks outlining the recommendations from the JBCC Early Childhood Development Policy Brief

President's Corner
Robert P. Franks, Ph.D.
President and CEO

As we enjoy the warmer weather and spring sunshine, the cycles of the season also bring the end of the school year and anticipation of summer.   The end of the school year can sometimes be a stressful time as children and adolescents try to finish end-of-year projects, study for final exams, and anticipate year-end report cards.  Many children are also juggling sports and other recreational activities.  Parents are busy trying to help their children through these challenging weeks and months while planning ahead for summer activities and childcare.  It can be a chaotic and stressful time for families.  CONTINUE READING....

In the Spotlight...

Sarah Tannenbaum, Psy.D.  is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Effective Child Therapy  at Judge Baker.  Dr. Tannenbaum graduated  summa cum laude  with her B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University. She received her M.A. from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College with a concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience. LEARN MORE ABOUT SARAH...

Charlotte Vieira joined Judge Baker in January 2017 as the Implementation and Quality Improvement Coordinator.  Charlotte works with the Director of Implementation and Quality Improvement, Mason Haber, on the Quality Care Initiative to support and enhance implementation of practices and programs, both within Judge Baker and with external local, state, and national partners. Charlotte will also be working with Dr. Haber to expand Judge Baker's implementation science research and training. Charlotte holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University with a focus on maternal and child health. She has experience managing program evaluations, conducting implementation research activities, and providing direct services to families with complex needs.
Thank you for 25 years Sarah Finn!

Sarah Finn  g r ew up in Greenfield, MA, the middle child of 7 children.  Her mother graduated from Boston University School of Social Work in 1935 and Sarah followed her lead receiving a BSW from Trinity College in Burlington, VT and an MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in 1971.  Sarah moved to DC and worked at Georgetown Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry for 5 years before returning to MA to work at MGH 's Bunker Hill Health Center, Child and Family Psychiatry in Charlestown.  Sarah directed a Group Work Program at the Boys and Girls Club of Charlestown, was Clinical Coordinator at the LAB Program at the Kent Elementary School in Charlestown and CASE Collaborative Parent Support Program.  Sarah joined Judge Baker/Manville School in August of 1992 and never looked back! She has three sons, three grand-sons, and her hobbies include canoeing, gardening, hanging out with her sisters, and singing.

At Judge Baker, Sarah has been the coordinator of graduate social work training and she values being a supervisor of MSW interns as much as she loves working with the Manville students and families.  Sarah notes that the collaborative, multi-disciplinary aspect of working in the Manville therapeutic milieu has been the best professional experience of her career and kept her at Judge Baker/ Manville School for 25 years. 

The FAMpod website represents a resource developed by Dr.  William Beardslee, Dr. Tracy Gladstone, and colleagues to distill what they have learned from years of research, practice, and advocacy into programs they feel will be helpful for individuals experiencing depression, as well as those living with or working with individuals experiencing depression. This effort has culminated in the creation of two free programs:
  • Parent Talk - the latest resource developed for parents facing depression within the family
  • Family Talk - a training course launched 5 years ago designed for clinicians helping these families
Over the past several years, they have developed the  Parent Talk website, and are excited to share it now. Visit the FAMpod website to access both Parent Talk and Family Talk.

Our work helps ensure that all children and families have access to the highest quality care. Learn how!

A new area of focus for Judge Baker, learn about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), a research-proven training program for caregivers.

A fun therapeutic camp-like experience for children ages 6-12 with  ADHD. Summer 2017 registration is open!   Weekdays, July 5- August 11 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM .

Fostering skills for independent living and college success for students , grades 10-13, with Asperger's Syndrome, NLD, or related learning differences.   Sign up now for the week-long summer session:  July 30-August 4


Judge Baker Children's Center turned 100 years old on April 3, 2017! Celebrate with us at our Hopes & Dreams Gala on November 8 at Boston Symphony Hall

The Massachusetts Network of Foster Care Alumni (MASSNFCA) is hosting the first Foster Alumni Walk on June 17.  Visit their website to register or learn how to get involved.

Kelly Chambers, assistive technology coordinator at Manville School, selected as the April 2017 MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) Featured Educator

Manville School awarded a competitive scholarship from Engineering is Elementary's (EiE) special education resources from the Museum of Science.


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