Among the ways we teach and study the nature, use and effectiveness of Balint groups.....
trainings are appropriate for the novice and the seasoned leader seeking to hone skills and develop nuanced responsiveness to group needs. Held twice yearly, they form one step in becoming fully credentialed
by the ABS.
Some credentialed leaders go on to become supervisors
who can provide the individualized group review required of credentialing candidates. Feel free to get in touch with them to find out more about the supervision experience or their availability.
ABS scholars contribute regularly to peer-reviewed journals and international gatherings. Here are a few examples:
The Society for Teachers of Family Medicine maintains a wiki, kept up to date by our own Laurel Milberg. Check the STFM Wiki and click on "Balint Groups" in the menu to the right.
- Turner and Malm. A preliminary investigation of Balint and non-Balint behavioral medicine training. Family medicine (2004) vol. 36 (2) pp. 114-22 [Family Medicine journal link]
- Johnson et al. Essential characteristics of effective Balint group leadership. Family medicine (2004) vol. 36 (4) pp. 253-9 [Family Medicine journal link]
- Lichtenstein and Lustig. Integrating intuition and reasoning--how Balint groups can help medical decision making. Australian family physician (2006) vol. 35 (12) pp. 987-9 [PubMed link]
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