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Online Balint Groups 

Training leaders in relationship centered care.™


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

Lisa Buck, M.D., M.A. 
Clinical Instructor  Tufts University School of Medicine  Penobscot Community Health Care Bangor, ME


All faculty members are credentialed as Balint Group Leaders by the American Balint Society.

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 time-limited online Balint group will meet eight times between September 11, 2018 and April 9, 2019. Meetings will occur using the zoom app which provides HIPAA compliant security.

Meetings will be held from 7:00pm to 8:00pm Eastern time on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exception of March when the meeting will be on the third Tuesday. 

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Registration Fees

$200 for ABS members
$240 for non-members

No partial payment or partial attendance arrangements are available. Maximum registration is eight people.

Cancellation Policy 
No refunds are available except in the event of cancellation by the hosts.

Participants should be clinically active and willing to present one of their cases.

Because group cohesiveness affects participants’ experience of the course, registrants are asked to commit to attending all sessions and to attending each session in its entirety.

For more information, please contact group coordinator Albert Lichtenstein:

Balint Groups
Balint groups provide an opportunity to develop insight into the interpersonal aspects
of the clinician/patient encounter.

They are used by health care clinicians throughout the United States and internationally to improve clinician/patient
communication, clinical effectiveness, and
clinician satisfaction. Residencies and other training programs use Balint Groups to teach
professionalism, clinician/patient communication, and clinical ethics.

Target Audience
Online Balint Groups are appropriate for clinicians new to the Balint Group method as well as experienced Balint Group leaders. The course is well-suited to those who are currently leading, expect to lead in the future, or are seeking a better understanding of Balint groups.  The curriculum is appropriate for physicians (primary care, psychiatry, other specialists), psychologists, social workers, other mental health care providers, and pastoral care providers.


Learning Objectives
At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

1. Identify aspects of challenging practitioner/client relationships which impact their practices;

2. Define what experiences for the practitioner can be improved through the use of the group;

3. Differentiate between reactivity and responsiveness in the practitioner/patient relationship;

4. Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters.

This live activity, Online Balint Groups, with a beginning date of September 11, 2018, has been reviewed and we have applied for up to 8 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.

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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