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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.

Leadership Training


       Spring 2019 Leadership Training Intensive

April 25 - 28, 2019

Spokane, Washington

Spokane provides a wonderful mix of culture, history, and outdoor pursuits. It's home to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the vast Riverfront Park, site of the 1974 World's Fair, which has a sculpture walk and a cable car offering views over tumbling Spokane Falls, the second largest urban waterfall in the US.

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Online Balint Group Now Forming

Kathy Knowlton, PhD, and John Muench, MD, will be leading an Online Balint Group beginning January 9, 2019.

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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. 

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.

Upcoming Events

Balint Group Leader Education Fellowship

June 2019 - May 2020


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.

Leadership Training Intensive: Long Beach Island, NJ

October 17 - 20 , 2019


Long Beach Island is a destination filled with natural beauty and family-friendly activities. Enjoy a walk along the shore, explore the nature preserve encompassing the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight paths, experience a bit of maritime history, or take the kids to the local amusement park. 



Balint Weekend: Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion

October 25 - 27 , 2019

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. The accommodations and architecture are exquisite and the weekend is educational, restful, and rejuvenating.

Check our blog   Doctor-Patient Connections