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Balint Online Groups
Training leaders in relationship centered care.™

All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society.
Each online group combines a proven format with unique elements - a different mix of members and faculty each time. This allows for deepened learning through participating in one group after another.

Meeting Details:
The leaders of the group will set the dates and time of meetings, which will be noted in the event registration. The meetings themselves will occur on Zoom and invitations will be sent after your registration is complete.  

Balint Online Groups:
The American Balint Society is an international leader in providing virtual Balint groups. When pandemic concerns dictated the stopping of in-person groups in many countries, the ABS provided tutorials on best practices in moving groups to an online format, attracting leaders from many countries and around the nation, 

Cancellation Policy:
If cancelled by the ABS or hosts due to insufficient registrants, those registered will receive their money back. Otherwise, no return of fee is possible, including in the event of registrant's partial attendance or inability to complete the sequence of sessions. 

Balint work can stir strong emotions. If the registrant is at an unusually stressful period in their life, we may recommend they sign up at another time. Contact the faculty of the group you are interested in if you are unsure.
Because the success of the group depends in part on cohesion, steady attendance matters. Our lives are busy, and missing a session may occasionally be unavoidable. We ask that registrants intend to attend all sessions of the group.

We offer this activity several times in the course of the year with different faculty and different meeting times to accommodate varied needs. We welcome multiple disciplines with a working appreciation for confidentiality and the treatment alliance. 

Each online Balint group meets live by videoconference for eight or more sessions. The length is set by the faculty to allow each participant at least one chance to present a case.  The format gives participants the chance to learn about what gets in the way of their having more meaningful relationships with patients and to discern authentic responses that will lessen those obstacles. Research validates the importance of empathetic relationships with patients in providing effective healthcare, and in what practitioners find most meaningful about their work. The Balint group’s case-based focus on alternative formulations rather than problem-solving makes it applicable to myriad situations and care settings. The Balint format also provides practice in the skills of accessing intuition and empathizing with others, and allows meaningful connection among practitioners of different disciplines who experience the importance of treatment alliances. 

Suitable for those in active practice, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners and others. No prior Balint experience required.

Find current open enrollment options through the Upcoming Events page.

Balint Groups
Balint groups provide an opportunity to develop insight into the interpersonal aspects of clinical practice  and to become more empathic with patients and with oneself. They are used by health care clinicians throughout the United States and internationally to improve clinician/patient communication and clinical effectiveness, increase practitioner satisfaction, and decrease isolation.
Residencies and other training programs use Balint groups as part of their curriculum addressing professionalism, clinician/patient communication, and clinical ethics.
Learning Objectives - these are generally applicable; the objectives for your particular online group may be tailored more precisely by your faculty. At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify aspects of challenging practitioner/client relationships;
  2. Define pratitioners experiences which can improve through the use of a Balint group; 
  3. Differentiate between reactivity or rote and authentic responsiveness in the practitioner/patient encounter;
  4. Identify language that minimizes or detracts from the individuality of the "other";
  5. Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters;
  6. Describe the usefulness of the group process for members and case presenters;
  7. Define the relational impact of the work of identifying with a patient; 
  8. Contrast Balint group work with conventional case consultation.
This live activity, Online Balint Groups, will be reviewed and we will have applied for Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

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.  This program is approved for 8 CE credits.

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

The American Balint Society
, is 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