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Hearing the Patient, Healing the Clinician
4th National Meeting of the American Balint Society 

Join us in Denver, CO 
May 14 - 16, 2020

Sponsored by:
The American Balint Society

4th National Meeting - Tentative Schedule

Conference will begin midday Thursday, May 14th and conclude around midday on Saturday, May 16th.

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Early Registration Deadline: March 3, 2020
Registration Deadline: April 4, 2020

This conference marks the 30th year of the American Balint Society, founded to explore and promote the therapeutic potential of clinician-patient relationships. Those relationships lie at the core of clinical practice and can be powerful for our patients and ourselves. Hearing the Patient, Healing the Clinician invites practitioners across disciplines to share lessons learned about creating, enhancing and restoring therapeutic clinical relationships. Join us as we celebrate 30 years of working with what Michael Balint called "the center of medicine". 

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver. In reserving your room with the following link, you will be guaranteed the best possible rate and will help us fulfill our contractual obligation with the hotel. Rooms must be booked by April 4, 2020.
Hotel Reservation

Overlooking the vibrant streets of downtown, The Crowne Plaza's freshly renovated WorkLife guest rooms are designed with essential lifestyle and business amenities for the modern traveler. Enjoy the state of the art fitness center or relax by the rooftop heated pool while enjoying 360 degree city views.   

Conveniently located on light rail - no need to rent a car! After claiming your luggage, follow the signs to the light rail platform. There is only one line serving the airport and the cost is $10.50. Exit light rail at Union Station, end of the line, and walk one blocks to 16th Street Mall. The free mall shuttle passes by every 15 mins. Exit at Glenarm Place and walk two blocks. 

Registration Fees
Single registration:
ABS Members: $575 until March 3, 2020; $625 thereafter

Non-members: $650 until March 3, 2020; $695 thereafter
Residents, students, fellows: $475 at all times

Registration Deadline: April 4, 2020.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants wishing to cancel their registrations must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of March 3, 2020. For cancellations received by the cancellation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative costs, and the refund will occur after the conference has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available.

Questions pre-conference, or concerns that arise during it, should be directed to Jeff Sternlieb, Ph.D.

Plenary Speaker 

Jeffrey Ring, PhD: Bias, Blind Spots and Balint: A Health Equity Approach to Care 

Jeffrey Ring, Ph.D. is an author, leadership coach, and consultant working with health care teams. He is also a bilingual Spanish-speaking health psychologist and Principal at Health Management Associates.  For nineteen years, he served as Director of Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Medicine at the Family Medicine Residency Program at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, and he holds a Clinical Professorship in Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  His work has focused on culturally responsive and respectful care and he is the first author of the book Curriculum for Culturally Responsive Care: The Step-by-Step Guide for Cultural Competency Training.

As a healthcare consultant, Dr. Ring works with clients to optimize the delivery of outstanding integrated services to patients into primary care clinics serving vulnerable, underserved and complex patients.

Dr. Ring promotes enhanced wellness and vitality of medical school academic faculty, particularly those who work with underserved patients, communities and underrepresented students.


Enid Balint Essay Contest

One of the highlights of the ABS National Meeting is the presentation of the winning essays of the Enid Balint Essay contest. Students and trainees are encouraged to submit their essay describing an actual relationship between a learner and his or her patient, with reflections on the nature of that relationship and how the learner’s future role may have been influenced. Submission deadline is December 13, 2019.


2020 Enid Balint Essay Contest Guidelines


Target Audience 
The Conference is appropriate for clinicians new to the Balint Group method as well as experienced Balint Group leaders. The conference offers two levels of group process: Balint Groups for the review of clinical cases and Intensive-style groups in which discussion of best practices of group leadership follows case review. The curriculum is appropriate for physicians (primary care, psychiatry, other specialists), psychologists, social workers, counselors, nurses, chaplains and other health pastoral care clinicians.


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 8 CE credits.

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


Welcome to the Mile High City!

Whether you prefer to spend your free time exploring unique neighborhoods or immersing yourself in the arts, Denver has a wide range of attractions in close proximity to the conference site. Within walking distance there are many museums including the Denver Art MuseumClifford Still Museum and the History Colorado Center. You can also sign up for a walking Microbrewery Tour.

A short Uber ride will get you to the Denver Botanic Gardens and Cheesman Park. Sante Fe Arts District is a great place to discover local artists or pick up unique gifts. If distilled spirits are your thing, Laws Whiskey House and Stranahan's Whiskey  both offer tours. 

Denver also has a thriving music scene. Red Rocks Amphitheater is consistently ranked the top outdoor music venue in the US and has the added bonus of amazing hiking trails. For a more intimate venue, the Paramount Theatre and Swallow Hill Music attract internationally recognized artists. 

Historic Denver Walking Tours

During registration you'll have the option to add an Historic Walking tour to take place either Thursday pre-conference or Saturday post-conference. Tours are roughly 90 minutes. 

Mansions of Quality Hill: Thursday 10am
Explore the neighborhood known as Quality Hill with stops in front of the Boettcher, Zang and Malo Mansions, among others.  This tour highlights many of the key people who established Quality Hill and whose names remain recognizable in Denver today. $22 per person.

Capitol Hill: Saturday 2pm
The history and development of the Capitol Hill neighborhood serves as a microcosm for the history of Denver, and it remains one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods today.


In addition to the state Capitol, other prominent attractions include Civic Center Park, the History Colorado Museum, as well as the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art,  the Art Institute of Colorado, the Molly Brown House, and St. John’s Cathedral. $17 per person.

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