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Online Balint Groups 

Training leaders in relationship centered care.™

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, LMFT

Immediate Past President, ABS
Director, Balint Group Leader Fellowship, ABS
Director of Behavior Science, Guthrie Family Medicine Residency, Sayre, PA

Lisa Buck, MD, MA
Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Penobscot Community Healthcare
Bangor, ME

All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society.

In accordance with ACGME requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be distributed at the time of conference.

Course Overview
This time-limited online Balint group will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm to 8:00pm Eastern time beginning February 11th and ending November 10th, for a total of ten meetings. Meetings will occur using the Zoom app, which provides HIPPA compliant security.

Registration Fees:

$250 for ABS members
$400 for non members

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds are available except in the event of cancellation by the hosts. 

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For questions or concerns, please contact the course coordinator, Albert Lichtenstein.

We offer this activity several times in the course of the year with different faculty and different meeting times to accommodate varied needs.

This Balint group meets live by videoconference for ten sessions, giving participants the chance to learn about what gets in the way of their having more meaningful relationships with patients and to discern authentic responses that will lessen those obstacles. Research validates the importance of empathetic relationships with patients in providing effective healthcare, and in what practitioners find most meaningful about their work. The Balint group’s case-based focus on alternative formulations rather than problem-solving makes it applicable to myriad situations and care settings. The Balint format also provides practice in the skills of accessing intuition and empathizing with others, and allows meaningful connection among practitioners of different disciplines who experience the importance of treatment alliances.

Suitable for those in active practice, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners and others. No prior Balint experience required.


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. 

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 activity at a later date. 
Learning Objectives

1.) Identify aspects of challenging practitioner/client relationships which impact their practices.

2.) Define what experiences for the practitioner can be improved through the use of a Balint group.

3.) Differentiate between reactivity and authentic responsiveness in the practitioner/patient relationship.

4.) Identify language that minimizes or detracts from the individuality of the “other”.

5.) Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters.

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

7.) Define the relational impact of the work of identifying with a patient.

8.) Contrast Balint group work with conventional case consultation and discuss the applicability of each.

9.) Manage situations where one's usual patient interaction skills do not prompt the usual responses.

10.) Describe other providers' styles of managing tense patient situations.

This Live activity, Balint Group Online - Decreasing Isolation with Peer Consultation, from 02/13/2020 - 11/10/2020, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10.00 Elective 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.

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 10 CE credits. 

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