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    Bridging Diverse Experiences in Clinical Relationships
    2022 National Meeting of the American Balint Society 

Join us in Tucson, AZ 
January 26 - 28, 2022

Sponsored by:
The American Balint Society

The conference will be held at the lovely Hacienda del Sol Ranch and Resort near Tucson, Arizona. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Sonoran Desert, resort amenities include an onsite day spa, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and full fitness center. The reservation code to receive the conference rate is ABS2022. The ABS rate is available 1/25 - 1/29.

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Early Registration Deadline: November 15, 2021
Registration Deadline: December 15, 2021

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The American Balint Society (ABS) was founded to explore and promote the therapeutic potential of clinician-patient relationships. The January 2022 ABS National Conference, "Bridging Diverse Experiences in Clinical Relationships," invites practitioners to explore and embrace diversity in race, ethnicity, class, gender, and culture in their therapeutic relationships. We will hear lessons learned from past experiences in Balint groups and collaboratively discover innovative ways to connect, communicate, and heal in the context of diverse communities. Join us to share ideas for tackling challenging issues as we work with ever more diverse groups of clients and colleagues.  



Individual Registration Fees:
ABS Members: $575 until November 15, 2021; $625 thereafter
Non-members: $650 until November 15; $695 thereafter
Residents, students, fellows: $475 at all times

Registration Deadline: December 15, 2021.

Target Audience
The conference is appropriate for clinicians new to the Balint Group method as well as experienced Balint Group leaders. The conference offers two types of group process: Balint Groups for the review of clinical cases and Intensive-style groups in which discussion of best practices of group leadership follows case review. The curriculum is appropriate for physicians (primary care, psychiatry, other specialists), psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, chaplains, and other health pastoral care clinicians. 

Cancellation Policy 

Registrants wishing to cancel their registrations must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of November 15, 2021. For cancellations received by the cancellation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative costs and the balance will be refunded. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available.

Questions pre-conference, or concerns that arise during it, should be directed to Jeff Sternlieb, Ph.D.
Call for Abstracts
The review committee of the American Balint Society invites your presentation proposals for the 2022 National Meeting. You need not be an ABS member to submit; however, authors are expected to attend the meeting to present their work. The submission deadline for presentations and workshops is July 25, 2021. 

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Balint in the Humanities
This year's conference will include an Arts & Humanities evening devoted to sharing music, art, poetry, prose, and video presentations that enhance our understanding of clinical relationships across diverse experiences. If you are interested in performing, please submit a description of your work to Allison Bickett.

Enid Balint Essay Contest
One of the highlights of the ABS National Meeting is the presentation of the winning essays of the Enid Balint Essay contest. Students and trainees are encouraged to submit their essay describing an actual relationship between a learner and his or her patient, with reflections on the nature of that relationship and how the learner’s future role may have been influenced. Submission deadline is July 31, 2021.

2022 Enid Balint Essay Contest Guidelines


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

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. 

Application for CE credit has been filed with the National Association of Social Workers. Determination of credit is pending.

Welcome to Tucson!

With mild, sunny winter weather, Tucson is a wonderful winter conference destination. While we're sure you'll enjoy the ambience of the resort, there are also many excursion nearby to explore during the free time or if you decide to extend your stay.

The Great Outdoors
Tucson is surrounded by desert, but did you know the area has seven of the world's nine "life zones," including grasslands and alpine forest? With an elevation range from roughly 2,000 to 9,000 feet, Tucson is home to an amazing variety of ecosystems. Test your wildlife spotting skills on a hike in Sabino Canyon or the Tortolita Mountains. 

The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park to the east and west of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

If you prefer your outdoor adventures a little less wild, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum contains a 98-acre zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum and art gallery.  Or you may enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

 "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