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Coordinator of Intensives

Training Opportunities

From the Mission Statement: "The American Balint Society strives to develop & support professionals who lead or are members of Balint groups."

The Society offers four types of leadership training: Balint Leadership Training Intensives, Intensives on The Road, the Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship, and full Credentialing.

Balint Leadership Training and Intensives on the Road
Intensives are four-day conferences which provide CME and APA-approved CE credits. They generally occur two or three times a year with 40 - 60 people in attendance. International registrants are welcome!

In contrast an IOTR is hosted by an organization (e.g. a large medical training facility) to train at least 8-10 people to lead ongoing Balint groups. It can be scheduled at the convenience of the organization, takes less time and costs less than sending the same number of staff to a regular conference. It requires a contract between the ABS and the hosting organization negotiated with the Coordinator of Intensives.

Or visit the Frequently Asked Questions about Intensives to learn more!

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 year long Balint Group leader Education Fellowship (BGLEF) - a distance learning program you can do without leaving your site -  provides in depth education about the Balint group method and a basic level of leadership skill at a lower cost and lesser time commitment than full leader credentialing, while encouraging those interested in going on to credentialed status to do so. The BGLEF uses a distance learning format so Fellows do not have to leave their work sites to participate. 

For more information, please contact the Fellowship Director.

Fellowship Application  2020 Fellowship Brochure Fellowship Reading Resources

Balint Credentialed Leader Training
Becoming a credentialed leader provides supervision and training in Balint Group work over a two-year period. During this time the candidate will have regular supervision to review the process of their Balint group. Attendance at a minimum of three Balint Leadership Training Intensives is also a requirement of the training.

Becoming a credentialed leader provides supervision and training in Balint Group work. The steps outlined below constitute a process of training and evaluation in preparation to become credentialed by the Council of the American Balint Society. These credentialing procedures are monitored by the Society to assure that the American Balint Society credentialed Balint Leaders are well qualified.


  1. An applicant for credentialing must be a member of the American Balint Society
  2. Potential candidates must first participate in a Balint leadership 4 day intensive training program
  3. A credentialing application will be filled out and submitted to the Coordinator of Supervision.  This goes to the Credentialing Coordination Committee for approval.
  4. A Supervisor is chosen, who will supervise recorded Balint groups six times a year for 2 years.
  5. A total of three intensives need to be completed including the initial pre-application intensive.  The last intensive will be the “credentialing intensive” where the candidate will be evaluated as to his/her skills in leading Balint groups.
  6. The ABS Council decides on final credentialing status.

Candidates who have completed the credentialing process have found it very rewarding.  We are proud of our credentialed leaders and the work they do towards training professionals.  We hope you will consider embarking on this journey!

If you are not currently an ABS member and would like more information about the credentialing process, please contact the Chair of Credentialing.

Credentialing Information for ABS Members

Credentialing Procedures        Credentialing Roadmap       Credentialing Application              


 "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. 

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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