Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Center for Effective Schools

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About Us


The Center for Effective Schools is a non-profit research and training center dedicated to building the capacity of schools and other child-serving institutions to better serve children and adolescents with, and at risk for developing, emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). This mission is accomplished through training, consultation and applied research.

The Center for Effective Schools is a division of Devereux’s Institute of Clinical and Professional Training and Research. Established in 1999, the CES is located in King of Prussia, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. From its inception, the primary focus of the organization was and continues to be addressing the needs of children with and at risk for EBD and their families by promoting effective practices, informed by scientific evidence, to improve lives.

Children and Adolescents Served

The children and adolescents served by the CES present a serious challenge to the systems intended to serve their needs, including public schools, alternative schools, and residential and day treatment facilities. Many have been diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Conduct Disorder, sometimes secondary to an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD), and receive services through either the mental health or juvenile justice systems.  For others, however, the school and the family may serve as their only means of support. The interventions of the CES are designed to address these challenges by delivering services that are developmentally appropriate, targeting concerns that are often embedded in relationships in the family (parents and siblings), the classroom (teachers) and in the community (peers; Dishion & Stormshak, 2007).