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Welcome to The American Balint Society, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the therapeutic relationships between healing professionals and their clients/patients. The American Balint  Society is a member society of the International Balint Federation.

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Leadership Training


Leadership Training Intensive: Seattle
February 27 - March 1, 2020

The course will be held at the Cedarbrook Lodge. Located on 18 acres of gardens, groomed lawns, and wetlands, Cedarbrook is an oasis and restorative location for the conference. Use group code TABS when registering at the hotel.

Registration for this event is now full. Please email KATHY KNOWLTON if you'd like to be added to the waitlist. 

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2020 Seattle Intensive Schedule

Leadership Training Intensive: Boston
November 12 - 15, 2020

The course will be held at the Executive Conference Center on the campus of Babson College in suburban Wellesley, MA, 20 minutes from downtown Boston.

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Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship 


Are you a medical educator responsible for teaching professional and interpersonal competencies? 

Is your organization - whether a group practice, hospital or healthcare agency - confronting patient dissatisfaction or provider burnout?

Have you attended a Balint Leader Intensive Training workshop, excited to begin a group at your site but know you need more? 

The one-year Balint leader fellowship - a distance learning program you can do without leaving your site - will help you feel more competent and confident as a leader and provide the support you need.

Fellowship Application       2020 Fellowship Brochure  


Choose the Event That's Right for You

Are you new to Balint and interested in exploring what it's about? An ABS sponsored weekend is a great place to start!

If leading a group is your focus, there are multiple Leadership Training Intensives held each year to choose from.

Want to get more people where you are turned onto Balint work? You may want to consider having an onsite training. 

Upcoming Events

4th Biennial ABS National Meeting

Hearing the Patient, Healing the Clinician

This conference marks the 30th year of the American Balint Society, founded to explore and promote the therapeutic potential of clinician-patient relationships. Those relationships lie at the core of clinical practice and can be powerful for our patients and ourselves. Hearing the Patient, Healing the Clinician invites practitioners across disciplines to share lessons learned about creating, enhancing and restoring therapeutic clinical relationships. Join us as we celebrate 30 years of working with what Michael Balint called "the center of medicine". 

May 14 - 16, 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Denver, Colorado

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4th National Meeting Brochure

Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat

September 11 - 13, 2020

Health care professionals are invited to attend the Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat at the beautiful and tranquil Ratna Ling Conference Center in the Redwoods of Sonoma County, California. The weekend conference combines Eastern and Western approaches to healing: Tibetan Yoga and Meditation as well as Balint sessions that address the complex emotional landscape of the clinician-patient relationship.

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Online Balint Groups

Registration is now open for an Online Balint Group which will begin on March 4, 2020. The group will be led by Kathy Knowlton and Sandra Relyea.

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Especially For

What is a Balint group? What training do I need to lead one? How do I introduce it to my residents? 

Program Directors:

Why have a Balint group?  How much training will my group leaders need? 


Why participate in a Balint group after training?  

Residents/Graduate students:

Why join? Member Benefits are the same, but the cost is lower. 

 "Restoring the Core of Clinical Practice: What is a Balint group and how can it help?" by Laurel Milberg, PhD and Katherine Knowlton, PhD. Available in paperback or ebook Order Now