Perspectives from Some of Our Mentors and Supporters

I believe the program improves the care of children and their families as well as being professionally rewarding. I wish every pediatrician would consider taking it after several years of practice. How to encourage this learning, especially for those who want it, is the challenge. Certainly reading an executive summary of the final report would be a good start.”

Michael Jellinek, M.D. Chief of Clinical Affairs, Partners HealthCare; Chief, Child Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital



I have known Howard King, MD for a number of years. His unique training program entitled “Children’s Emotional Health Link” could not be more timely given the current state of health care reform. The twelve month program, funded by foundations, offers a blend of didactic discussion and case presentation. The training has been rigorously evaluated. Among the many benefits of the course include: early diagnosis of emotional problems; focusing on the entire family; and helping parents become better decision makers. I encourage pediatricians to consider this training opportunity as a critical step in integrating behavioral health into pediatric practices.

Marylou Sudders served as President and CEO of the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children from 2003 until 2012 and was past Commissioner of Mental Health.


Much is changing for the better in primary care. The medical home model focused on the patient and with more help for the clinician will enhance care on many fronts and, combined with the high risk program, hopefully bend the cost curve in the right direction.

However, these helpful changes do not impact the heart of the doctor patient relationship – the physician’s perspective and ability to listen carefully and be sensitive  to family issues.  How do we build trust? How do we stop destructive family behavior being passed onto the next generation? Abuse, neglect, depression, family secrets or substance use?

We know how much these issues are among the most meaningful aspects of pediatric primary care and addressing them means developing clinical skills. For this kind of growth, I would encourage you to consider participating in a course sponsored by Children’s Emotional Health Link. The course meets once a month for approximately a year and gives CME credits.

Dr. Michael Jellinek, Chief of Clinical Affairs at Partners HealthCare System


“This is an important program for all pediatricians and pediatric health careworkers to consider. It can help them change their practices and they willfind they can do a much better job for mothers and children and, most of all,for themselves.”

Dr. Berry Brazelton

In regard to the work of Howard King and his colleagues with Children’s Emotional Health Link, Dr. Arnold Kerzner noted the following:

“Someone, in every field, needs to be "the ONE" (as Margaret Mead has said) to challenge and overcome the myth of Sisyphus. Every change in the culture of resistance requires a pioneer spirit. You happen to be one of these exemplary pioneers. We admire and respect what you have done. Every thinking professional knows your program will be the wave of the future.”

Dr. Arnold Kerzner

(Dr. Kerzner was the chief psychiatrist for the Wellesley Human Relations Service from 1971 to 2011. He worked with hundreds of families and consulted to scores of area schools. He brought wisdom and warmth, a commitment to community, and a devotion to strengthening the connections that nurture healthy growth to children and families.)

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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.