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Balint Leader Credentialing Process


The mission and values of the American Balint Society are to welcome those interested in the Clinician/Patient relationship and encourage them to consider the Balint Method as a training tool to reach a deeper understanding of this relationship. We believe that this deeper understanding improves care and supports the people who serve patients or clients.  We encourage our members to consider taking part in our learning opportunities to prepare to lead Balint Groups and then help others to learn to lead groups.


Becoming a credentialed leader provides supervision and training in Balint Group work. The steps outlined below constitute a process of training and evaluation in preparation to become credentialed by the Council of the American Balint Society. These credentialing procedures are monitored by the Society to assure that the American Balint Society credentialed Balint Leaders are well qualified.


  1. An applicant for credentialing must be a member of the American Balint Society
  2. Potential candidates must first participate in a Balint leadership 4 day intensive training program
  3. A credentialing application will be filled out and submitted to the Coordinator of Supervision.  This goes to the Credentialing Coordination Committee for approval.
  4. A Supervisor is chosen, who will supervise recorded Balint groups six times a year for 2 years.  The fees are $900/year.
  5. A total of three intensives need to be completed including the initial pre-application intensive.  The last intensive will be the “credentialing intensive” where the candidate will be evaluated as to his/her skills in leading Balint groups.
  6. The ABS Council decides on final credentialing status.

The people who have gone through this process have found it very rewarding.  We are proud of our credentialed leaders and the work they do towards training professionals.  We hope you will consider embarking on this journey.

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