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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.

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Balint Response to COVID-19

Short-term Online Balint Groups
Given the restrictions and heightened emotions from the COVID- 19 pandemic the American Balint Society is offering free short-term online Balint groups. These groups will meet every other week for four sessions, and will be structured to have a check-in at the beginning, classic Balint, and a check-in at the end. In that way the group can facilitate connection, support, and use the Balint method.

Currently all groups are full. Please check back. 

Moving Your Balint Group Online
Over the past two months, Albert Lichtenstein, Don Nease and Lisa Buck provided several tutorials on how to convert Balint groups to an online format. While they are no longer offering tutorials, they do want to make the information widely available. You can watch one of the recorded sessions on the ABS YouTube Channel as well as access the PowerPoint Presentation.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events


Leadership Training

Leadership Training Intensive: Boston
November 12 - 15, 2020

The course will be held at the Executive Conference Center on the campus of Babson College in suburban Wellesley, MA, 20 minutes from downtown Boston.

Event Details     Register Now          



Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship 


Are you a medical educator responsible for teaching professional and interpersonal competencies? 

Is your organization - whether a group practice, hospital or healthcare agency - confronting patient dissatisfaction or provider burnout?

Have you attended a Balint Leader Intensive Training workshop, excited to begin a group at your site but know you need more? 

The one-year Balint leader fellowship - a distance learning program you can do without leaving your site - will help you feel more competent and confident as a leader and provide the support you need.

Fellowship Application       2020 Fellowship Brochure  


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


Especially For

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. 

 "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