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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.

Leadership Training


     Boston Fall Leadership Training Intensives

October 11-14, Boston, MA

Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution, is located approximately 10 miles from the conference center. It is an eminently walkable city, whether you follow one of the historic paths or wander “freestyle” through its distinctive neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, The North End, Chinatown, and Boston Harbor.  

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Online Balint Group Now Forming

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, and Lisa Buck, MD, will be leading an Online Balint Group beginning September 11, 2018.

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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. 

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

3rd National Meeting of the American Balint Society 
Healing Relationships: Challenges and Inspirations
July 26 - 28, 2018

You are invited to join us to look below the surface, to explore what makes Healing Relationships effective for both doctors and patients.

John Frey, MD, on “Professional Loneliness and Balint Groups"
Past President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, former editor of Family Medicine, astute critical thinker and caring family physician, Dr. Frey is writing a book on the social history of doctors and communities in the last half of the 20th Century. 

Matthew von Unwerth, PhD, on "Learning The Patient's Idiom"
Dr. von Unwerth is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, Narrative Medicine instructor and author with a strong background in issues of diversity. He will speak to us regarding the critical role of learning to speak in the patient’s own idiom in creating a healing relationship.


Balint Weekend: Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion

October 19 - 21 , 2018

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. The accommodations and architecture are exquisite and the weekend is educational, restful, and rejuvenating.


Balint Event in Newcastle, UK

June 28 - 29, 2018

The UK Balint Society warmly invites you to join us at a two day Balint event in Newcastle in June.  There will be an opportunity to join a Balint Psychodrama group, a Leaders' group or an ordinary Balint group. 

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5th IBF Leadership Conference - Helsinki

September 28 - 30, 2018

Bridges and Boundaries in Balint Group Leadership


The conference is convened by the International Balint Federation (IBF) in association with the Finnish Balint Society.The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for Balint Group leaders from all over the world to study Balint Group leadership together. There will be an opportunity to explore issues and themes in Balint Group leadership in more depth.

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Sofia Cultural Center is ideally situated east of the Finnish capital Helsinki by the Baltic and will provide a beautiful and peaceful setting for the conference.

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