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Online Balint Groups 

Training leaders in relationship centered care.™

Kathy Knowlton, PhD

ABS President
Seattle, WA

David M. Schneider, MD
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education
Sutter Santa Rosa FM Residency
Santa Rosa, CA

All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society.

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

Course Overview
This time-limited online Balint group will meet eight times between October 6, 2020, and January 5, 2021.
Meetings will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Pacific via Zoom on the following Tuesdays: October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1, 15, 29; January 12.  

Registration Fees:

$200 for ABS members
$320 for non members

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds are available except in the event of cancellation by the hosts. 

For questions or concerns, please contact the course coordinator, Kathy Knowlton.

We offer this activity several times in the course of the year with different faculty and different meeting times to accommodate varied needs.

This Balint group meets live by videoconference for eight sessions, giving 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.

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Participants should be clinically active and willing to present one of their cases. 

Because group cohesiveness affects participants' experience of the course, registrants are asked to commit to attending all sessions and to attending each session in its entirety. 

Balint group work can sometimes stir up strong feelings. Prospective registrants who are experiencing a particularly vulnerable period in their lives may want to consider participating in this activity at a later date. 
Learning Objectives

1.) Identify aspects of challenging practitioner/client relationships which impact their practices.

2.) Define what experiences for the practitioner can be improved through the use of a Balint group.

3.) Differentiate between reactivity and authentic responsiveness in the practitioner/patient relationship.

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 as well as case presenters.

7.) Define the relational impact of the work of identifying with a patient.

8.) Contrast Balint group work with conventional case consultation and discuss the applicability of each.

This live activity, Balint Online Group, with a beginning date of October 6, 2020, has been reviewed and we have applied for up to 8 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with 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. This activity 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