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Balint Groups  

From the Mission Statement: "The ABS strives to promote and encourage increased participation in Balint group work" 

       What is a Balint Group?


A Balint group is a group of clinicians who meet regularly to present clinical cases in order to improve and to better understand the clinician-patient relationship. It focuses on enhancing the clinician’s ability to connect with and care for the patient sustainably.

A session begins with a member's presenting a case for the group to discuss. During the facilitated discussion, the group members uncover different and new perceptions about the patient's and clinician’s feelings and their experiences with each other.
 
A Balint group usually has two leaders who facilitate the process.  The success of a group depends on its members being honest, respectful, and supportive of divergent opinions.  The content of the group is confidential.  A Balint group may meet for months or years, and group cohesion and trust develop over time.  

 



 

Balint Online: Decreasing isolation through peer consultation

 

Balint Online groups are led by ABS Credentialed Leaders and are open to members nationally and internationally. As live, face-to-face activities they may offer Category I CME through the AAFP and APA-approved CE for psychologists.

Using online videoconferencing software, with HIPPA-compliant security, makes this type of Balint group affordable and accessible. 

Online Balint Groups now forming:

Kathy Knowlton and John Muench will be leading a group beginning September 20th. The group will meet bi-monthly on Wednesdays from 6-7 pm Pacific.
Online Balint

Find a Local Balint Group

Looking for a Balint group near you? Please access our list of Credentialed Leaders and reach out to the one nearest you to find out about events and groups in your area. 

Credentialed Leaders List

Check our blog   Doctor-Patient Connections