7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Eastern
Leaders facilitating the group: Connie Hixson, MD and Michael Floyd, EdD
Credentialed Leaders facilitating the group:
Connie Hixson, MD and Michael Floyd, EdD
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time/4:00pm - 5:00pm Pacific Time
Number of meetings and Dates:Eight (8) monthly meetings on the following Tuesdays: June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12, and January 9.
This Online Balint Group meets live by videoconference for eight sessions which will allow each participant at least one chance to present a case. The format gives 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.
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.
The AAFP has reviewed Balint Group - Decreasing Isolation with Peer Consultation,
and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 09/27/2022 to
09/26/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent
of their participation in the activity.
Learning Objectives - At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
- Identify aspects of challenging practitioner/client relationships;
- Define practitioners experiences which can improve through the use of a Balint group;
- Differentiate between reactivity or rote and authentic responsiveness in the practitioner/patient encounter;
- Identify language that minimizes or detracts from the individuality of the "other";
- Formulate different options for handling challenging patient encounters;
- Describe the usefulness of the group process for members and case presenters;
- Define the relational impact of the work of identifying with a patient;
- Contrast Balint group work with conventional case consultation.
If canceled by the ABS or hosts due to insufficient registrants, 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.
Balint work can stir strong emotions. If the registrant is at an unusually stressful period in their life, we may recommend they sign up at another time. Contact the faculty of the group you are interested in if you are unsure.
Because the success of the group depends in part on cohesion, steady attendance matters. Our lives are busy, and missing a session may occasionally be unavoidable. We ask that registrants intend to attend all sessions of the group.
1. Registrants must be clinically active and willing to present cases.
2. 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.
3. Because the success of the group depends in part on cohesion, steady attendance matters. Registrants must intend to attend all sessions of the group.