FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to see the program Introduction and Overview for additional information about the course.

  1. When is the starting date for this program and how long will it last?ge

    The starting date is September 12, 2013. The program meets monthly for twelve months. The last meeting will take place on August 14, 2014.

  2. What will be the usual time and day of the month?

    We will usually meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm with few exceptions. Dinner will be served.

    Program dates:
    September 12, 2013
    October 10, 2013
    November 14, 2013
    December 12, 2013
    January 9, 2014
    February 13, 2014
    March 13, 2014
    April 10, 2013
    May 8, 2014
    June 12, 2014
    July 10, 2014
    August 14, 2014

    A special 6-hour training, “Difficult Conversations in Primary Care Pediatrics”, presented at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital will be held on one Saturday during the year (date to be arranged).

  3. Where will this program be held?

    The program will be held in the Bowles 1 conference room of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, on the second floor, near the Hospital dining room. Parking is available in the hospital parking lot for a reasonable charge.

  4. What are the benefits for participating in this training?

    • The CEHL program provides unique and specialized training for primary care providers addressing behavioral health concerns in an Accountable Care Organization/Patient-Centered Medical Home model. CEHL offers a skills training program that, evidence shows, will enhance your ability to evaluate and manage emotional and psychosocial problems commonly seen in pediatric practice with children, adolescents and their families.

    • Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics, including the identification of psychosocial stressors, behavioral health diagnosis, patient- and relationship-centered communication and care, the “art of the psychotherapy referral”, depression, substance abuse, family systems, shame, professional boundaries and performing a psychosocial assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to enhance their skills in locating and making the best use of behavioral health professionals.

    • An experiential training, “Difficult Conversations in Primary Care Pediatrics” at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP). A special program has been designed for CEHL participants. This training uses the PERCS (Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills) collaborative relational learning model. Tuition will be paid by CEHL. Please refer to www.ipepweb.org for information on IPEP programs

    • An opportunity to interact with and to discuss with colleagues challenging cases that are common in pediatric and family practice.

    • Consultation is available for the case presentation with a mental health professional and other facilitators between meetings to assist in case presentations, interview techniques, problem solving and resources.

    • Learn the Art of the Psychotherapy Referral and become familiar with comprehensive behavioral health resources

    • Guidelines for reimbursement from payers for parent interviews. Third party billing and coding guidelines for extended visit reimbursement.

    • Community resource identification to help you locate appropriate services for your patients and their families

    • Your name and practice information posted on www.cehl.org, if you wish, for parents who are interested in finding psychosocially skilled pediatricians and family practice providers.

    • 35.5 CME credits AMA category1) Risk Management study credits have been assigned for this course.

    • Monthly dinner and seminar

  5. What are the responsibilities for those who participate?

    • Attendance at eleven of the twelve monthly sessions.

    • One case presentation including a process recording and genogram for the case.

    • Case Presentation:

    • In an effort to facilitate real life learning, each participant will choose a family to present to the group. Your case will be reviewed beforehand with members of the faculty and you will be given feedback from your colleagues. Due to time constraints, some presentations will be via our secure website and others will be discussed in detail as part of the course time. This is done in an extremely supportive environment. All case presentations will receive feedback from colleagues and faculty.

    • Commitment to review of group members’ case assessments, including commenting on the cases and questions posted to the secure website.

    • Participation in the “Difficult Conversations in Primary Care Pediatrics” training at the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    • Completion of two questionnaires; at the beginning and end of the course. These confidential questionnaires will help us to evaluate self-reported changes in your practice style and learning about psychosocial practice, as well as to provide input for planning of future courses.

  6. How many health professionals will participate in this project?

    Twenty health professionals will be selected to participate. Group size is held to a maximum of 20 to allow for interaction, exploration and a supportive group process.

    The majority of the participants will be pediatricians although med-peds physicians, family practice physicians, and nurse practitioner are welcome, if they regularly work with parents and children.

  7. Who will be primarily responsible for teaching?

    Elizabeth A. Rider, MSW, MD, Julia Swartz, LICSW, CEIS and Howard King, MD, MPH are the primary faculty. Expert guest faculty will present sessions as well.

  8. What type of educational resources will be made available for the participants?

    Each participant will be given a comprehensive course workbook. (The cost is included in the course tuition). Additional resources will be distributed at each the monthly session and can be added to a workbook. Additional resources and materials will be posted on CEHL’s password-protected website for course participants. The material covered in www.cehl.org will be available through various articles, and handouts.

    An additional Risk Assessment Resource book will also be available for a fee of $50. This fee is used as a fundraiser for the CEHL project and is optional.

  9. What are the educational goals of this project?

    • To improve your ability to evaluate and manage emotional and psychosocial problems commonly seen in pediatric practice with children, adolescents and their families.

    • To identify family issues and emotional problems of children and adolescents early, when there is the best opportunity for intervention

    • To learn a framework for effective communication skills and interpersonal relationships.

    • To increase participants skills in the psychosocial interview and bio-psycho-social assessment and formulation which is essential in the Accountable Care/Patient Centered Medical Home models.

  10. How is the course funded and what is the tuition?

    We are grateful to The Alden Trust and Newton Wellesley Hospital, a member of the Partners HealthCare Network, for their help with subsidizing the costs of the course. Their funding enables us to offer this comprehensive year-long course for a relatively small cost to participants per CME hour.

    Cost of the year long course, including the special training at Boston Children’s Hospital, is $750 or $34 per CME credit. We are unable to give refunds for those who cancel within 3 weeks of the first session or later.


We are confident that the participants of this course will be both surprised and pleased by the psychosocial competence they will have acquired by the end of the course. Please go to the website www.cehl.org to see the comments of past course participants.

The leadership of CEHL IV looks forward to meeting all of you who express interest in taking part in this course.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Howard King, MD, MPH at: howieking@aol.com.

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I would like to thank the following for their generous support, without whom this web site and training program would not exist: The Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Foundation, The Alden Trust, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Project INTERFACE (Newton Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Education), the Locke Educational Fund at Newton- Wellesley Hospital, Aetna Health Plan, the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center,  and the families of my medical practice. 

I hope you find this site useful and encourage any comments.

- Dr. Howard King, M.D.