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Online Balint Groups 

Training leaders in relationship centered care.™

Kathy Knowlton, PhD

ABS Secretary
Clinical Instructor
FM Residency
U of Washington Seattle, WA

Jack Crossen, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR


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

In accordance with ACGME 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.

Meeting Details
This group meets approximately bimonthly on Wednesdays at 6pm Pacific time beginning January 9, 2019 through April 17, 2019.

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We offer this activity several times in the course of the year with different faculty and different meeting times to accommodate varied needs.

This Balint group meets live by videoconference for eight sessions, giving participants the chance to learn about what gets in the way of their having more meaningful relationships with patients and to discern authentic responses that will lessen those obstacles. Research validates the importance of empathetic relationships with patients in providing effective healthcare, and in what practitioners find most meaningful about their work. The Balint group’s case-based focus on alternative formulations rather than problem-solving makes it applicable to myriad situations and care settings. The Balint format also provides practice in the skills of accessing intuition and empathizing with others, and allows meaningful connection among practitioners of different disciplines who experience the importance of treatment alliances.

Suitable for those in active practice, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners and others. No prior Balint experience required.

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 

If cancelled by the ABS or hosts due to lack of sign up, those registered will receive their money back. Otherwise, no return of fee is possible, including in the event of registrant's partial attendance or inability to complete the sequence of sessions. 

Participants must be clinically active and willing to present cases.

Balint work can stir strong emotions. If the registrant is at an unusually stressful period in their life, we recommend they sign up at another time. 

Because the success of the group depends in part on cohesion, steady attendance matters. Registrants must intend to attend all sessions of the group. 

For more information, please contact group coordinator Kathy Knowlton:

Balint Groups

Balint groups provide an opportunity to develop insight into the interpersonal
aspects of the clinician/patient encounter and to become more empathic with patients and with oneself. They are used by health care clinicians throughout the United States and internationally to improve clinician/patient communication and
clinical effectiveness, increase practitioner satisfaction, and decrease isolation.

Residencies and other training programs use Balint groups as part of their curriculum addressing professionalism, clinician/patient communication, and
clinical ethics.


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 a Balint group;

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

4. Identify language that minimizes or detracts from the individuality of the "other";

5. Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters;

6. Describe the usefulness of the group process for members as well as case presenters;

7. Define the relational impact of the work of identifying with a patient; 

8. Contrast Balint group work with conventional case consultation and discuss the applicability of each.

This live activity, Online Balint Groups, with a beginning date of November 14, 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.  This program is approved for 8 CE credits.

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