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Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion: A Balint Retreat Weekend

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 Balint group format is an empathy-enhancing practice to strengthen treatment alliances, improve care delivery, increase practitioner resilience and decrease professional isolation. Further context on the neuroscience of compassion and its importance in the provision of effective service will increase understanding of the connection between practitioners’ self-care and the care they are able to offer others. The accommodations and architecture are exquisite and the weekend is educational, restful, and rejuvenating.

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October 25 - 27, 2019

Target Audience

This post-graduate level training is designed for health care professionals who seek to develop their clinician-patient relationship skills. Participants include physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health professionals, and other clinicians in the health care field. While appropriate for those already involved in Balint work as group members or leaders, no prior experience with the method is required. The weekend is quite applicable for clinicians, residents and fellows wanting to learn more about Balint work. 


This Live activity, Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion with a beginning date of 10/25/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  11.75 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. 

  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. The Board of Behavioral Science Examiners allows MFTs and LCSWs to claim credit for courses offered by APA approved providers. This activity is approved for 9 CE credits.  

Program Learning Objectives:

  • Identify aspects of challenging practitioner/client relationships which affect your practice.

  • Discuss the impact of provider reflection and self-care on clinical practice.

  • Explain the importance of compassion for the resilience of practitioners. 

  • Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters. 

  • Describe the usefulness of the group process for members as well as case presenters. 

  • Differentiate Balint group work from conventional case consultation. 

  • Identify your own responses to language related to diversity and the "otherness" of patients. 

Retreat Schedule

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2019

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Ritch Addison, PhD

ABS Past President

Clinical Professor

UCSF Dept. of Family and Community Medicine

Behavioral Medicine Director

Sutter Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency
Santa Rosa, CA

Ellen Barnett, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor

UCSF Dept. of Family and Community Medicine

Family Medicine Practitioner

Integrative Medical Clinic

Santa Rosa, CA

Bob Dozor, MD


Integrative Medical Clinic

Santa Rosa, CA

Donna Morton, PT, NC

Physical Therapist, Holistic Nutritionist, Wellness Educator
Berkeley, CA 

Rosalyn White

Executive Co-Director

Ratna Ling

Registration Fees

Single registration:


        $775 by September 6, 2019; $825 thereafter

ABS members

$725 by September 6, 2019; $775 thereafter

Residents, students, fellows receive a reduced rate:

        $600 with no early registration differential

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2019, or once 21 participants have registered.

All registration fees include syllabus, shared lodging and meals. Lodging is a large cottage with two private bedrooms and shared common areas (bathroom, kitchen, living room and deck). Lodging will be shared with one other registrant.

A portion of the fees will benefit the Tibetan Aid Project, which is associated with Ratna Ling Conference Center. 

Cancellation Policy
Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of September 30, 2019. 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 conference has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available. Refunds will be issued after the conference.

Registration will be limited to 21 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. 

For more information contact Ritch Addison.

Grievance Policy

Please review the Grievance Procedures if you have concerns you need addressed. 

Please Note:
Participants should be clinically active and willing to present cases. 

It is important to participate in the entire program. 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 time of registration.

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

This is not a course for leadership training. Balint group work is a centerpiece of the retreat.

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