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Balint Online Groups
Balint Online: Decreasing isolation through peer consultation
Balint Online groups are led by ABS Credentialed Leaders and are open to members as well as non-members both nationally and internationally. As live, face-to-face activities, they may offer Category 1 CME through AAFP and APA-approved CE for psychologists.

Kathy Knowlton, PhD, and Goldie Alfasi, PhD, will be leading a bi-monthly group on Tuesdays at 8PM Eastern beginning January 26, 2021. Complete Details

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, and Lisa Buck, MD, will be leading a monthly group on Tuesdays at 7PM Eastern beginning February 9, 2021. Complete Details


Short-term Online Balint Groups

Given the restrictions and heightened emotions from the COVID- 19 pandemic the American Balint Society is offering free short-term online Balint groups. These groups will meet every other week for four sessions, and will be structured to have a check-in at the beginning, classic Balint, and a check-in at the end. In that way the group can facilitate connection, support, and use the Balint method.

Robbie Sherman , MD, and Jack Crossen, PhD, will be leading a group on Tuesdays at 7PM Eastern beginning March 16th. More Info


Balint Leadership Project
This special project is available to ABS members as well as non-members who have been to at least one intensive and are now leading virtually. The project will utilize the 1.5 hour Intensives format of doing a Balint group and following that with reflection on the leadership of the group. There will be opportunities for group members to lead. After four of these, every other week, the group will meet for a final 1.5 hour session to address the experience and the issues raised by virtual leadership training. Faculty for the Intensive-style sessions (no, it's not "a full intensive" for training purposes) will be Eran Metzger, MD and Kathy Knowlton, PhD. Faculty leading the final session will be Jeff Sternlieb, PhD. This group will meet Wednesdays 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24 and 3/10. Sessions will start at 8PM Eastern/5:00PM Pacific time.Registration Details

Balint Weekends

Healing for Health Professionals in a Time of Pandemic

This 12-week course is offered in partnership with Dharma College of Berkeley, CA, and is divided into two segments. The first six weeks explore the teachings of Tarthang Tulku and their relationship to medicine and healing. The second six weeks will be case presentations and discussion in the Balint group format. This course will be held on Saturdays beginning February 13th and offers CME and 
CE. 

Event Details & Registration




Bridging Diverse Experiences in Clinical Relationships

2022 National Meeting of the American Balint Society 
January 26 - 28, 2022, Tucson, Arizona


The American Balint Society (ABS) was founded to explore and promote the therapeutic potential of clinician-patient relationships. The January 2022 ABS National Conference, "Bridging Diverse Experiences in Clinical Relationships," invites practitioners to explore and embrace diversity in race, ethnicity, class, gender, and culture in their therapeutic relationships. We will hear lessons learned from past experiences in Balint groups and collaboratively discover innovative ways to connect, communicate, and heal in the context of diverse communities. Join us to share ideas for tackling challenging issues as we work with ever more diverse groups of clients and colleagues.  

Complete Details

 "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 Order Now


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