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Balint Leadership Training Intensive

Training leaders in relationship centered care.™

Join us in Portland, Oregon
April 19 - 22, 2018

Sponsored by:
The American Balint Society

Early Registration Deadline: February 23, 2018
Registration Deadline: March 23, 2018

The conference will be held at the Courtyard Portland Downtown/Convention Center. The ABS has negotiated a special conference rate if you book your room by
March 23, 2018.

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The hotel is a small, full service hotel located in Portland’s Eastside District, across the river from downtown. It is 30 minutes from the airport via light rail and 10 minutes from downtown by bus or train, and a 15 minute walk on the Esplanade to downtown proper. Bike Town (Portland’s city wide bike share program) bikes are a short walk from the hotel, and are great for exploring Portland’s neighborhoods and riversides.
Conference Description
Balint Group work is a unique process for healthcare professionals to use reflective skills during the clinical encounter to improve medical care and to foster their relationships with their patients.

Balint Groups provide opportunities for clinicians to understand and to creatively utilize the clinician-patient relationship. Balint Groups offer opportunities to develop insight and understanding about the interpersonal aspects of the medical encounter. Residencies and training programs use Balint to teach professionalism, clinician-patient communication, ethics and relationships.

This four-day workshop offers experiential learning opportunities in how to conduct Balint Groups. The Portland Balint Intensive offers 9 Balint group experiences throughout the weekend, co-led and facilitated by ABS credentialed faculty members. This Intensive provides ample time to participate in and to run Balint groups, as well as to learn to debrief, practice Balint leadership, attend topic-focused discussions, and share with Balint colleagues. Throughout this Intensive, attendees will be supported to learn, practice, and perfect their Balint Group leadership skills.

Appropriate for those new to the Balint method as well as experienced colleagues, this training offers practical and experiential learning about Balint Group development, organization and leadership.

Portland is a great town, according to Lonely Planet, for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods and forest hikes. Travelers enjoy the acres of parks, bridges and bike paths, brew pubs, great restaurants and food carts, coffee shops and bookstores. Shopping options include nearby Nike outlet store and with no sales tax, bargains abound.

2018 Portland Schedule 
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Conference Directors
John Muench, MD
Director Behavioral Medicine, FM Dept  OHSU, Portland, OR

Jillian Romm, RN, LCSW
Clinical Associate Professor, ObGyn Dept, OHSU; Private Practice,
Portland, OR

Amanda Clark, MD 
Urogynecological Surgeon,
Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR

Additional Faculty
Ritch Addison, PhD
Director of Behavioral Medicine, Santa Rosa FM Residency, Santa Rosa, CA

Arnold Goldberg, MD
Treasurer, ABS
Asst. Residency Director
Kent FM Residency Program
Warwick, RI

Eran Metzger, MD
Assist. Prof. Psychiatry Harvard Med. School, Cambridge, MA

Phillip A. Phelps, LCSW, BCD
ABSCoordinator of Supervision
Director of Behavioral Science, UPMC Shadyside FM Residency; Clinical Assoc. Prof. Department of FM U of Pittsburgh, PA

Robbie Sherman, MD
Med. Director for Patient Exp. & Physical Development, The Polyclinic Seattle, WA

Mary Wassink, Ed.D

Assistant Professor
Licensed Psychologist
Dept. of FM
Western Michigan University
School of Medicine

Kris Wheeler, MA, LMHC
Past-President: NW Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
Private Practice Seattle,WA

All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society. Faculty present will depend on number of small groups.

In accordance with ACCME requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference.

Registration Fees
Single registration:
             $750 by February 23, 2018 ; $825 thereafter
Residents, students, fellows receive a 20% discount:
             $600 by February 23, 2018; $660 thereafter
Registration Deadline: March 22, 2018, or once 50 participants have registered.
All registration fees include syllabus and the meals listed in the conference schedule. A discount of $100 for current active ABS members (plus 20% for student members) will be applied during online registration. Current members of other countries’ Balint societies also qualify for a registration discount. They should contact Jill Romm, Conference Director, by email before registering:

Cancellation Policy
Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of March 22, 2018. For cancellations received by the cancellation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative fees and the refund will occur after the intensive has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available.

Registration will be limited to 50 participants.

Application does not guarantee acceptance. The American Balint Society (ABS) reserves the right to choose the participants and registrants for its programs and to assign participants to small groups in order to maximize the educational and professional experience offered. We reserve the right to refuse registrations and to cancel registrations already made or to postpone or cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation by the ABS, any registration fees paid will be refunded. Such refund shall represent the entire liability to the registrant.

Participants should be clinically active and willing to present cases.

It is important to participate in the entire program. Success of the conference depends on group cohesiveness. Please do not arrive late, leave early or miss sessions.

Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program.

Please be aware that intensive Balint training can stir up strong feelings. If you are at a particularly vulnerable time in your life, you may want to consider completing this training at a later date.

When going through the registration process, be sure to "allow" email communication, as there will be emails to registrants leading up to the intensive.

Balint Groups
Balint groups are a powerful experiential method of training clinicians in therapeutic communication and effective use of the doctor-patient relationship. They have been used to teach a wide range of professional and interpersonal competencies throughout the United States and internationally. The Balint group has traditionally been a group of physicians who meet regularly and present cases to better understand the doctor-patient relationship. The group focuses on enhancing the physician’s ability to connect with and care for the patient.

Target Audience
This post-graduate level training is designed for medical educators and practicing clinicians who teach or seek to develop the clinician-patient relationship. Those meant to attend include physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and mental health professionals. Particularly targeted to those who are currently leading or hope to lead Balint groups, it is also appropriate for residents, fellows, and community clinicians wanting to learn more about Balint work.


Learning Objectives
At the end of the training, attendees will be able to:


1. Describe verbal and non-verbal leadership behaviors of Balint Group leaders.

2. Demonstrate the effectiveness of different leadership interventions.

3. Identify process and progression of a Balint Group, over multiple group sessions.

4. Define the new perspective of the presenter as a result of the Balint Group process.

This live activity, Portland Balint Leadership Training Intensive, with a beginning date of April 19, 2018, has been reviewed and we have applied for up to 19.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

The American Balint Society is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Balint Society maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  

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