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Welcome to The American Balint Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the therapeutic relationships between healing professionals and their clients/patients. The American Balint  Society is a member society of the International Balint Federation.

Leadership Training

Portland Spring Leadership Training Intensive

April 19-22, 2018


Portland is a great town, according to Lonely Planet, for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods and forest hikes. Earn CEs while enjoying the acres of parks, bridges and bike paths, brew pubs, great restaurants and food carts, coffee shops and bookstores.


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     Boston Fall Leadership Training Intensives

October 11-14, Boston, MA

Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution, is located approximately 10 miles from the conference center. It is an eminently walkable city, whether you follow one of the historic paths or wander “freestyle” through its distinctive neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, The North End, Chinatown, and Boston Harbor.  

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What is a Balint group? What training do I need to lead one? How do I introduce it to my residents? 

Program Directors:

Why have a Balint group?  How much training will my group leaders need? 


Why participate in a Balint group after training?  

Residents/Graduate students:

Why join? Member Benefits are the same, but the cost is lower. 

Choose the Event That's Right For You

Are you new to Balint and interested in exploring what it's about? An ABS sponsored weekend is a great place to start!

If leading a group is your focus, there are multiple Leadership Training Intensives held each year to choose from.

Want to get more people where you are turned onto Balint work? You may want to consider having an onsite training.

Balint Online Groups

A new Balint Online Group is now forming! The group will be led by Albert Lichtenstein and Lisa Buck beginning March 19, 2018. The group will meet biweekly on Mondays at 7pm EST.

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Upcoming Events

Healing, Mindfulness, and Compassion Retreat
March 23 - 25, 2018

Health care professionals are invited to attend the Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat at the beautiful and tranquil Ratna Ling Conference Center in the Redwoods of Sonoma County, California. The weekend conference combines Eastern and Western approaches to healing: Tibetan Yoga and Meditation as well as Balint sessions that address the complex emotional landscape of the clinician-patient relationship. The accommodations and architecture are exquisite and the weekend is educational, restful, and rejuvenating.

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The review committee of the American Balint Society invites your abstracts for the 3rd National Meeting of the ABS.

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3rd National Meeting of the American Balint Society 
Healing Relationships: Challenges and Inspirations
July 26 - 28, 2018

You are invited to join us to look below the surface, to explore what makes Healing Relationships effective for both doctors and patients.

John Frey, MD, on “Professional Loneliness and Balint Groups"
Past President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, former editor of Family Medicine, astute critical thinker and caring family physician, Dr. Frey is writing a book on the social history of doctors and communities in the last half of the 20th Century. 

Matthew von Unwerth, PhD, on "Learning The Patient's Idiom"
Dr. von Unwerth is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Narrative Medicine instructor and author with a strong background in issues of diversity. He will speak to us regarding the critical role of learning to speak in the patient’s own idiom in creating a healing relationship.

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Check our blog   Doctor-Patient Connections