Becoming a Balint Group leader
The Society offers leadership training in the form of Leadership Training Intensives and full Credentialing which includes attendance at several Intensives and formal supervision by an approved supervisor over a two year period. The Intensive is designed to develop and enhance leadership skills and an understanding of the Balint group process.
Balint Leadership Training Intensives
Balint group members and Balint leaders at all levels of experience are encouraged to attend intensives, especially those who are interested in leading groups. The Intensive focuses on techniques and theory of Balint group process and leadership through a practical and experiential learning opportunity. Small group sessions are led by two faculty members, certified as Balint Leaders. Each session includes a Balint group followed by debriefing of group process and leader interventions. Participants may have the opportunity to practice co-leading Balint groups and to receive feedback on their leadership skills from faculty and peers and to review a recorded group. Our Home
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Using your Leadership Training
Balint groups are in use in all avenues of healthcare where interpersonal communication and professional understanding are crucial, because they are a powerful experiential method of training clinicians in therapeutic communication and effective use of doctor-patient relationships. Balint groups at residency programs teach a wide range of professional and interpersonal competencies throughout the United States and abroad.
Balint Groups are best led by one, and ideally two, trained leaders. Balint Groups are subtly different from other supervision groups, and while those with experience in supervision groups will find that many of their skills are transferable, specific training in Balint Group leadership is important for success.