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Welcome to The American Balint Society, 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.

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Leadership Training

Leadership Training Intensive: Boston
November 12 - 15, 2020

The course will be held at the Executive Conference Center on the campus of Babson College in suburban Wellesley, MA, 20 minutes from downtown Boston.

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Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship 


Are you a medical educator responsible for teaching professional and interpersonal competencies? 

Is your organization - whether a group practice, hospital or healthcare agency - confronting patient dissatisfaction or provider burnout?

Have you attended a Balint Leader Intensive Training workshop, excited to begin a group at your site but know you need more? 

The one-year Balint leader fellowship - a distance learning program you can do without leaving your site - will help you feel more competent and confident as a leader and provide the support you need.

Fellowship Application       2020 Fellowship Brochure  


Choose the Event That's Right for You

Are you new to Balint and interested in exploring what it's about? An ABS sponsored weekend is a great place to start!

If leading a group is your focus, there are multiple Leadership Training Intensives held each year to choose from.

Want to get more people where you are turned onto Balint work? You may want to consider having an onsite training. 

Online Balint Groups

Short-term On-Line Balint Groups to Address the COVID-19 Crisis

Given the restrictions and heightened emotions from the COVID- 19 pandemic the American Balint Society is offering free short-term on-line 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.

Available groups: 

Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern Beginning April 7th

Tutorial: Converting to Balint Online

The American Balint Society will be offering the free tutorial “Converting to Balint Online” Saturday, March 28
th at 11am ET for those in the U.S. and Sunday, March 29th at 11am ET for international Balint leaders via Zoom videoconferencing.  The tutorial will be led by Don Nease, Albert Lichtenstein, and Lisa Buck who have had a number of years of experience leading on-line groups. The tutorial is meant to provide advice from their experience structuring these groups as well as to have a discussion about the issues that arise that are particular to the on-line environment. The tutorial is meant for leaders who are currently leading groups who wish to convert to an online format as well as leaders who are starting an online group.

To register click the link of your preferred date below:

Tutorial: Converting Your Balint Groups to Online - 4/25/2020

Upcoming Events

Healing, Mindfulness and Compassion Retreat

September 11 - 13, 2020

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.

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Especially For

What is a Balint group? What training do I need to lead one? How do I introduce it to my residents? 

Program Directors:

Why have a Balint group?  How much training will my group leaders need? 


Why participate in a Balint group after training?  

Residents/Graduate students:

Why join? Member Benefits are the same, but the cost is lower. 

 "Restoring the Core of Clinical Practice: What is a Balint group and how can it help?" by Laurel Milberg, PhD and Katherine Knowlton, PhD. Available in paperback or ebook Order Now