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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

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, and Lisa Buck, MD, will be leading an Online Balint Group beginning September 11, 2018.

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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 Leadership Training

October 11-14, 2018, Boston, MA

Boston, birthplace of the American Revolution, is located approximately 10 miles from the conference center. It is an eminently walkable city, whether you follow one of the historic paths or wander “freestyle” through its distinctive neighborhoods: Back Bay, Beacon Hill, The North End, Chinatown, and Boston Harbor.  

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2018 Boston Intensive Reading Resources

Registration for this event is now full. If you'd like to be added to the wait list, please contact the conference director

Balint Weekend: Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion

October 19 - 21 , 2018

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.

5th IBF Leadership Conference - Helsinki

September 28 - 30, 2018

Bridges and Boundaries in Balint Group Leadership


The conference is convened by the International Balint Federation (IBF) in association with the Finnish Balint Society.The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for Balint Group leaders from all over the world to study Balint Group leadership together. There will be an opportunity to explore issues and themes in Balint Group leadership in more depth.

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Sofia Cultural Center is ideally situated east of the Finnish capital Helsinki by the Baltic and will provide a beautiful and peaceful setting for the conference.


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