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Seattle Balint Leadership Training Intensive

Thursday, March 30 - Sunday, April 2, 2017
Training Leaders in Relationship Centered Care



Jointly Sponsored by:

The American Balint Society



Balint Groups

Balint groups are a powerful experiential method of training clinicians in therapeutic communication and effective use of the doctor-patient relationship. They have been used to teach a wide range of professional and interpersonal competencies throughout the United States and internationally. The Balint group has traditionally been a group of physicians who meet regularly and present cases to better understand the doctor-patient relationship. The group focuses on enhancing the physician’s ability to connect with and care for the patient.


Target Audience

This post-graduate level training is designed for medical educators and practicing clinicians who teach or seek to develop the clinician-patient relationship. Those meant to attend include physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and mental health professionals. Particularly targeted to those who are currently leading or hope to lead Balint groups, it is also appropriate for residents, fellows, and community clinicians wanting to learn more about Balint work.


 Conference Description
This training offers practical, experiential learning opportunities for those who are currently leading or hope to lead Balint groups. Small group sessions are led by two faculty members who are credentialed Balint leaders. Each session includes a Balint group followed by debriefing of group process and leader interventions. Participants have the opportunity to practice leading Balint groups and receive feedback on their leadership skills. Each group will record a Balint group and debrief the video recording. Critical issues of Balint work will be addressed during topic-focused discussions. During this Balint Leadership Training Intensive, a few experienced participants may be co-leading small group sessions as a part of an evaluation process by which they hope to become credentialed Balint group leaders. If we have credentialing candidates, we will ask all members of their small group to complete an assessment of the candidate’s effectiveness during one of the two sessions in which the candidate is acting as a co-leader. We believe this process furthers your learning of Balint leadership skills, in addition to offering the candidate helpful feedback.



Learning Objectives

At the end of the training, attendees will be able to:

1. Describe verbal and non-verbal leadership behaviors of Balint Group leaders.

2. Demonstrate the effectiveness of different leadership interventions.

3. Identify process and progression of a Balint Group, over multiple group sessions.

4. Define the new perspective of the presenter as a result of the Balint Group process.

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2017


Thursday, March 30th

12:00 - 1:00 


1:00 - 1:45

Large Group Welcome: Review of Balint group process & history, and Intensive logistics & conference overview

2:00 - 3:45

Small Group Session #1: introductions, first Balint group + debrief


Refreshment break

4:00 - 5:30

Small Group Session #2: Balint group + debrief


 5:30 - 6:30  Topic Focused Discussion Groups #1
 Dinner at Hotel

Friday,March 31st

8:00 -10:00

Small Group Session #3: Balint group + debrief

(Videotaping for some groups)


Refreshment break

10:15 - 12:15

Small Group Session #4: Balint group + debrief

(Videotaping for some groups)

 12:15  Lunch at Hotel
 1:30 - 3:30
 Small Group Session #5: Balint group + debrief
(Videotaping for some groups)
 3:30  Refreshment break 
 3:45 - 5:00  Topic Focused Discussion Groups #2


 On your own


Saturday, April 1st

8:00 - 9:30

Small Group Session #6: Balint group + debrief

9:30 - 11:00

Small Group Session #7: Balint group + debrief


Refreshment break

11:15 - 12:45

Small Group Session #8: Balint group + debrief

12:45 - 6:45  Lunch on your own followed by free time
 Banquet Dinner

Sunday, April 2nd

8:00 - 10:00

Small Group Session #9: Balint group + debrief; small group closure


Refreshment break

10:15 -11:30

Final Large Group Session: review, future directions, closure



Registration will be limited to 50 participants.


Application does not guarantee acceptance. The American Balint Society (ABS) reserves the right to choose the participants and registrants for its programs and to assign participants to small groups in order to maximize the educational and professional experience offered. We reserve the right to refuse registrations and to cancel registrations already made or to postpone or cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation by the ABS, any registration fees paid will be refunded. Such refund shall represent the entire liability to the registrant.



Katherine Knowlton, PhD

Conference Director

ABS Secretary

Clinical Instructor

FM Residency

U of Washington

Seattle, WA


Ritch Addison, PhD

Clinical Professor, UCSF Dept of

Fam and Comm Medicine

Behavioral Medicine Director, Family Medicine Residency Santa Rosa, CA

Alec Chessman, MD

Professor of Family Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, LMFT

Immediate Past-President, American Balint Society
Director, Balaint Group Leader Education Fellowship, American Balint Society
Director of Behavior Science, Guthrie Family Medicine Residency, Sayre, PA

Eran Metzger, MD

Assist. Prof. Psychiatry

Harvard Med. School

Cambridge, MA


Jillian Romm RN, LCSW

Chair, Credentialing Coordinating Committee of ABS
Associate Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU
Private Practice, Portland, OR
Robbie Sherman, MD

Med. Director for Patient Exp. & Physical  Development

The Polyclinic

Seattle, WA


Greg Troll, MD
Prof Emeritus, Touro U Coll of Osteopathic Medicine, Family Physician, West County Health Clinic
Sebastopol, CA

Janet Walker, MD

ABS Intensives Coordinator

Urgent Care

Spokane, WA 

Kris Wheeler, MA, LMHC
Private Practice
Past-President: Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study
Seattle, WA

All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society. Faculty present will depend on number of small groups.


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

Registration Fees

Single registration:

              $700 by January 31, 2017; $750 thereafter

Residents, students, fellows receive 20% reduction:

              $560 by January 31, 2017; $600 thereafter 

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2017, or once 50 participants have registered.

All registration fees include syllabus, the meals listed in the conference schedule and one year of ABS membership. A discount of $95 for current active ABS members ($50 for student members) will be applied during online registration. Current members of other countries’ Balint societies also qualify for a registration discount. They should contact Kathy Knowlton, PhD, Conference Director, by email before registering:


Cancellation Policy

Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of March 1, 2017. For cancellations received by the cancellation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative fees and the refund will occur after the intensive has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available.



Hotel and Conference Site

Enjoy your stay at the Double Tree Suites by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport – Southcenter, located only three miles from Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA),16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA. We have negotiated a conference rate which is available until March 15, 2017.
Local registrants, please note the conference site is just south of South Center. We ask you to take into consideration commuter traffic and the demanding conference schedule when deciding whether or not to stay on site.

Toll-Free reservations assistance: 800-222-8733. Please provide your group code ABS and please let the reservation agent know what hotel you are staying at. Make sure to indicate the DoubleTree Suites on Southcenter Parkway in Tukwila, Washington.


DoubleTree complimentary Sea-Tac Airport Shuttle Service runs 24-hours a day.  Guests should call 206-575-8220 when they arrive at the waiting areas at Island # 1 or Island # 3 only. This is located one floor above baggage claim, cross over the sky bridge, and go down one floor to floor # 3. Then call us from the island.  Return shuttles scheduled with front desk.  Important note:  Be sure to get on the smaller shuttle van for the DoubleTree at Southcenter and not the large buses for the DoubleTree at the airport.  Our vans are 10 passenger vans with the  letter “A” posted in the window

Driving Directions
From the South heading Northbound on I-5, take exit #153 toward Southcenter Parkway & Mall, keep right to take the Southcenter Parkway ramp toward Tukwila, Merge onto Southcenter Parkway, the hotel is on the left in 0.2MI.

From the North heading Southbound on I-5, take the WA-518 exit, Exit 154B, toward Burien/Sea-Tac Airport/Southcenter Blvd. & Mall, take the exit toward Southcenter Blvd & Mall, turn left onto Southcenter Blvd/S 154th St. Continue to follow Southcenter Blvd, turn right onto 61st Ave South, turn right onto Southcenter Parkway, go 0.7MI hotel will be on the left.

Please Note

Participants should be clinically active and willing to present cases.


It is important to participate in the entire program. Success of the conference depends on group cohesiveness.  Please do not arrive late, leave early or miss sessions.


Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service.  Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program.


Please be aware that intensive Balint training can stir up strong feelings. If you are at a particularly vulnerable time in your life, you may want to consider completing this training at a later date.        


When going through the registration process, be sure to "allow" email communication, as there will be emails to registrants leading up to the intensive.


This live activity, Seattle Balint Leadership Training Intensive, with a beginning date of March 30, 2017, has been reviewed and we have applied for up to 19.25 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the 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.

APA Provider
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.



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