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Balint Leadership

Training Intensive


Thursday, January 18 - Sunday, January 21, 2018

Denver, Colorado

Training Leaders in

Relationship Centered Care


Jointly Sponsored by:

The American Balint Society


University of Colorado Denver

Department of Family Medicine

Anschutz Medical Campus




Balint Groups

Balint groups are a powerful experiential method of training clinicians in therapeutic communication and effective use of the doctor-patient relationship. They have been used to teach a wide range of professional and interpersonal competencies throughout the United States and internationally. The Balint group has traditionally been a group of physicians who meet regularly and present cases to better understand the doctor-patient relationship. The group focuses on enhancing the physician’s ability to connect with and care for the patient.


Target Audience

This post-graduate level training is designed for medical educators and practicing clinicians who teach or seek to develop the clinician-patient relationship. Those meant to attend include physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and mental health professionals. Particularly targeted to those who are currently leading or hope to lead Balint groups, it is also appropriate for residents, fellows, and community clinicians wanting to learn more about Balint work.


Conference Description
This training offers practical, experiential learning opportunities for those who are currently leading or hope to lead Balint groups. Small group sessions are led by two faculty members who are credentialed Balint leaders. Each session includes a Balint group followed by debriefing of group process and leader interventions. Participants have the opportunity to practice leading Balint groups and receive feedback on their leadership skills. Each group will record a Balint group and debrief the video recording. Critical issues of Balint work will be addressed during topic-focused discussions. During this Balint Leadership Training Intensive, a few experienced participants may be co-leading small group sessions as a part of an evaluation process by which they hope to become credentialed Balint group leaders. If we have credentialing candidates, we will ask all members of their small group to complete an assessment of the candidate’s effectiveness during one of the two sessions in which the candidate is acting as a co-leader. We believe this process furthers your learning of Balint leadership skills, in addition to offering the candidate helpful feedback.



Learning Objectives

At the end of the training, attendees will be able to:

1. Describe verbal and non-verbal leadership behaviors of Balint Group leaders.

2. Demonstrate the effectiveness of different leadership interventions.

3. Identify process and progression of a Balint Group, over multiple group sessions.

4. Define the new perspective of the presenter as a result of the Balint Group process.

Registration Deadline: December 18, 2017

Pre-conference Reading Resources


Thursday, January 18th

12:00 - 1:30 


1:30 - 2:15

Large Group Welcome: Review of Balint group process & history, and Intensive logistics

2:30 - 4:15

Small Group Session #1: introductions, first Balint group + debrief


Refreshment break in small group rooms

4:30 - 6:00

Small Group Session #2: Balint group + debrief


 6:00 - 7:00  Topic Focused Discussion Groups #1**
 Dinner at The Brown Palace

Friday, January 19th

8:00 -10:00

Small Group Session #3: Balint group + debrief



Refreshment break in small group rooms

10:00 - 12:15

Small Group Session #4: Balint group + debrief


 12:15  Lunch at The Brown Palace
 1:30 - 3:30  Small Group Session #5: Balint group + debrief
 3:30  Refreshment break in small group rooms
 3:45 - 5:00  Topic Focused Discussion Groups #2**


 On your own


Saturday, January 20th

8:00 - 9:30 Small Group Session #6: Balint group + debrief 

9:30 - 11:00

Small Group Session #7: Balint group + debrief


Refreshment break in small group rooms

11:30 - 1:00

Small Group Session #8: Balint group + debrief

1:00 - 6:45

Lunch followed by free time until dinner

 Banquet Dinner

Sunday, January 21st

8:00 - 10:00

Small Group Session #9: Balint group + debrief; small group closure


Refreshment break

10:15 -11:30

Final Large Group Session: review, future directions, closure



Registration will be limited to 50 participants.


Application does not guarantee acceptance. The American Balint Society (ABS) reserves the right to choose the participants and registrants for its programs and to assign participants to small groups in order to maximize the educational and professional experience offered. We reserve the right to refuse registrations and to cancel registrations already made or to postpone or cancel any course due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation by the ABS, any registration fees paid will be refunded. Such refund shall represent the entire liability to the registrant.



Conference Director

Don Nease, MD

President, International Balint Federation
Past-President, American Balint Society
Associate Professor, Dept. of Fam. Medicine, University of Colorado

Additional Faculty

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, LMFT

Immediate Past-President, American Balint Society
Director, Balaint Group Leader Education Fellowship, American Balint Society
Director of Behavior Science, Guthrie Family Medicine Residency, Sayre, PA

Geoffrey M. Margo, MD, Ph.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Counseling and Psychological Services 

U of Penn and Private Practice

Philadelphia, PA

Katherine Margo, MD
ABS Past President

Associate Professor Department of FM & Community Health

Perelman School of Medicine, U of Penn

Philadelphia, PA

Janet Walker, MD

ABS Intensives Coordinator

Urgent Care

Spokane, WA 

Mary Wassink, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor
Licensed Psychologist
Department of Family Medicine
Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Registration Fees

Single registration:

              $750 by November 20, 2017; $825 thereafter

Residents, students, fellows receive a 20% discount:

              $600 by November 20, 2017; $660 thereafter 

Registration Deadline: December 18, 2017, or once 50 participants have registered.

All registration fees include syllabus and the meals listed in the conference schedule. A discount of $100 for current active ABS members (plus 20% for student members) will be applied during online registration. Current members of other countries’ Balint societies also qualify for a registration discount. They should contact Don Nease, Conference Director, by email, before registering:   


Cancellation Policy

Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of December 15, 2017. For cancellations received by the cancellation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative fees and the refund will occur after the intensive has been held. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available.



Hotel and Conference Site

Downtown Denver, the Mile High City, is located 25 miles from Denver International airport and a little more than an hour drive to some of the world’s best ski resorts. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Express in conjunction with the historic Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in the heart of downtown. The American Balint Society has negotiated a special room rate and will include breakfast for guests. Please mention the American Balint Society when making reservations. The hotel cannot guarantee room availability after December 30, 2017. The Holiday Inn Express can be reached by telephone, 303-312-5921 or 800-315-2621, or you can book your reservation online. You'll need to enter the conference dates in the arrival/departure fields to secure the promotional rate. Hotel Reservation



Downtown Denver is approximately a 45 minute drive from Denver International Airport. To arrive by taxi cab, the cost is approximately $55.00 each way. Please use the GPS Address: 1715 Tremont Place Denver CO 80202Super Shuttle provides transportation from the airport for $25 per person one way and $46 round trip. To make arrangements with Super Shuttle, call 1-800-BLUE-VAN.The hotel is also accessible using the new A Line train. From the airport (DEN) to Denver Union Station, a $9 airport fare (each way), the train will get you to and from the Holiday Inn Express in 37 minutes. A Line trains depart every 15 minutes during peak hours and every 30 minutes otherwise. For more information and schedules you can visit


Please Note

Participants should be clinically active and willing to present cases.


It is important to participate in the entire program. Success of the conference depends on group cohesiveness.  Please do not arrive late, leave early or miss sessions.


Advance notification of any special needs will help us provide better service.  Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program.


Please be aware that intensive Balint training can stir up strong feelings. If you are at a particularly vulnerable time in your life, you may want to consider completing this training at a later date.        


When going through the registration process, be sure to "allow" email communication, as there will be emails to registrants leading up to the intensive.

All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society. Faculty present will depend on number of small groups.


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



This live activity, Denver Balint Leadership Training Intensive, with a beginning date of January 19, 2017, has been reviewed and we have applied for up to 19.25 Prescribed 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.


APA Provider
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. 




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