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Balint Leadership Training Intensive

Training leaders in relationship centered care.™

Join us Long Beach Island, NJ
October 17 - 20, 2019

Sponsored by:
The American Balint Society


Early Registration Deadline: August 17, 2019
Registration Deadline: September 20, 2019

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2019 LBI Schedule   

The Engleside Inn is a family-oriented hotel within walking distance to LBI’s main attractions. Escape the everyday to beautiful Beach Haven where our open hallways allow the views of the Atlantic to follow you to your doorstep. Just seven blocks to amusement parks, shopping, museums, and dining, the Engleside Inn is perfectly located to provide you with access to all that Long Beach Island has to offer.  


ABS Conference rate: 
Non-Oceanfront Room $119/night, 3rd night $85. Oceanfront Room $159/night, 3rd night $85.
(Rates do not include taxes/fees)

Call to reserve: 800.762.2214

Course Overview
The four-day Intensive course is designed to teach Balint group leadership technique primarily through experiential groups, supplemented by topic-focused small discussion groups and faculty panel discussions. Attendees will have ample time to present cases, practice leading a Balint group, and engage informally with other participants. Faculty-guided debriefings provide opportunities to receive feedback on participants’ practice sessions in a safe and supportive setting. Participants emerge from the course with a deeper understanding of Balint group leadership techniques and responsibilities and improved awareness of the method’s limitation and risks. This course is given a minimum of twice a year. Each offering has unique aspects because of the mix of faculty and the specific cases offered in the Balint groups themselves.


Participants should be clinically active and willing to present one of their cases.

Because group cohesiveness affects participants’ experience of the course, registrants are asked to commit to attending all sessions and to attending each session in its entirety.

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

The Balint Leadership Intensive is a training course and is not intended as therapy. Nevertheless, Balint Group work can sometimes stir up strong feelings. Prospective registrants who are experiencing a particularly vulnerable period in their lives may want to consider participating in this training at a later date.

Welcome to Long Beach Island!

Long Beach Island is a destination filled with natural beauty. Enjoy a walk along the shore or explore the 
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge , which protects more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats. The refuge’s location in one of the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths makes it an important link in seasonal bird migration.

If maritime history is more your thing, the extensive collection at the New Jersey Maritime Museum will be sure to please.  There's also the Barnegat Lighthouse, regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the New Jersey coastline depended on Barnegat Lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline.

Fantasy Island Amusement Park is the place to explore if your bringing along your family.


Conference Director
Jeff Sternlieb, PhD
ABS Past President
Consultant, MetaWorks, P.C.
Allentown, PA

Additional Faculty
John Freedy, MD, PhD
President, American Balint Society
Professor of Family Medicine
Medical Univ. of South Carolina
Director, Behavioral Science Curriculum
Trident/MUSC FM Residency
Charleston, SC

Kathy Knowlton, PhD
President-elect, American Balint Society
Clinical Instructor
FM Residency
U of Washington
Seattle, WA

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD 
Past President, American Balint Society
Director, Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship
Director of Behavior Science
Guthrie Family Medicine Residency
Sayre, PA

Geof Margo, MD, PhD 
Staff Psychiatrist
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Katie Margo, MD
Associate Professor
Dept. of FM & Community Health
Perelman School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Kristin Reihman, MD, LLC 
Medical Director
The Family Hope Center
Private Practice: Family Practice Consultant and Acupuncturist
Allentown, PA

Dr. John Salinsky, BA, BM BCh, MRCP, FRCGP
Programme Director, General Practitioner Education and Training
Whittington Hospital
London, UK 

Janet M. Walker, M.D.
Coordinator of Intensives, American Balint Society
Urgent Care
Spokane, WA

Mary Wassink, Ed.D
Assistant Professor
Licensed Psychologist
Dept. of FM
Western Michigan University
School of Medicine

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 ACGME 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
Space is limited and Leadership Intensive Courses have filled in the past. Early registration is strongly encouraged.
Single registration:
             $800 by August 17, 2019 ; $875 thereafter
Residents, students, fellows receive a 20% discount:
             $640 by August 17, 2019; $700 thereafter
Registration Deadline: September 17, 2019.
Registration fee includes syllabus, refreshment breaks, 2 dinners and one lunch. A discount of $100 for current active ABS members (plus 20% for student members) will be applied during online registration. Those registering at the non-member rate will have the option to opt-in for a one-year ABS membership following the conference. Current members of other countries’ Balint societies also qualify for a registration discount. They should contact Jeff Sternlieb, Conference Director, by email before registering:

Cancellation Policy
Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of September 17, 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 intensive has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available.

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.

During this Balint Leadership Training Intensive, a few experienced participants may be co-leading small group sessions as part of an evaluation process by which they hope to become credentialed as Balint group leaders. If this occurs, we may ask all members of their small group to complete an assessment of the candidate's expertise during one of the two sessions in which he or she is acting as co-leader. We believe this process furthers your learning of Balint leadership skills in addition to offering the candidate helpful feedback.  
Balint Groups
Balint groups provide an opportunity to develop insight into the interpersonal aspects of the clinician/patient encounter and to become more empathic with patients and with oneself. They are used by health care clinicians throughout the United States and internationally to improve clinician/patient communication and clinical effectiveness, increase practitioner satisfaction, and decrease isolation. Residencies and other training programs use Balint groups as part of their curriculum addressing professionalism, clinician/patient communication, and clinical ethics.



Target Audience
The Long Beach Island Leadership Intensive course is appropriate for clinicians new to the Balint Group method as well as experienced Balint Group leaders. The course is well-suited to those who are currently leading, expect to lead in the future, or are seeking a better understanding of Balint groups.  The curriculum is appropriate for physicians (primary care, psychiatry, other specialists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health care providers, and pastoral care providers.


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

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

2. Recognize the effectiveness of different leadership interventions.

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

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

Grievance Policy
Any concerns should be brought to the attention of the course director, Jeff Sternlieb.  Alternatively, you may contact the Coordinator of Intensives  Eran Metzger.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

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.

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.  This activity is approved for 19 CE credits.

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