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Quarterly ABS Diversity Discussion Group
2/29/2024

Please join the Diversity Committee for a discussion group related to issues of diversity and inclusion that arise in our Balint Groups. We hope to create a place for leaders to discuss challenges in addressing issues of diversity during a Balint group, understanding that when issues of DEI arise we may feel triggered or reactive.

Bring your questions or challenges or send them to us in advance. This group will be similar to a topic group at an Intensive and will be moderated by Lisa Whitten and Terri Wall - co-chairs of the Diversity Committee.

Possible questions for discussion are how to:
  • Help the group explore the patient-clinician relationship when issues of diversity and difference arise
  • Find opportunities to help the group dig deeper
  • Facilitate a group in which the clinician’s identity and personal values seem at odds
When: Thursday, February 29th 7-8:30pm Eastern/4-5:30pm Pacific
Where: Virtually on Zoom
Who: Any ABS Member leading a Balint Group
Cost: $ 0.00 (Free)

In order to ensure that we have adequate time for all to participate and benefit from our discussion, we are limiting attendance to twelve participants. If you register and you're unable to attend, please let us know so we can give your spot to someone else.


 

 


Registration ends on 2/26/2024
There are currently 5 spots remaining out of 12





Credentialed Leaders' Weekend: Edge Cases
3/15/2024 - 3/16/2024

Course Description: This two-day zoom course qualifies for maintenance of credentialing - satisfying the three-year requirement with this single activity. In addition, 11 hours of APA CE and/or 9 hours of AAFP CME certificates are available. It will begin and end with discussion and feature six Balint groups with intensive-style debriefing after each. Leaders will be assigned for the first Balint Group and all leaders thereafter will be volunteers. We will break out into as many 8-12 person groups as we have registrants for.
 

Schedule


Background: ‘Edge case’ is a term that is part of software engineering and mathematics. Its definition in Wikipedia is interspersed below. We are using it as a metaphor to help us imagine what makes our work what it is: What are its limits? Can we define our boundaries? This is not just a matter of appropriate cases to present. We are using the word “case” here to apply more broadly than that.
“An edge case is a problem or situation that occurs only at an extreme (maximum or minimum) operating parameter. For example, a stereo speaker might noticeably distort audio when played at maximum volume, even in the absence of any other extreme setting or condition. “
We are often asked whether someone/a relationship will be too extreme for our work: I am not clinically active; may I attend an intensive? I am a supervisor, but not a clinician; may I present my supervisee relationships? What are your answers? What makes someone/something appropriate (or inappropriate) for Balint work?
 
“An edge case can be expected or unexpected. In engineering, the process of planning for and gracefully addressing edge cases can be a significant task, and yet this task may be overlooked or underestimated.”
We may stumble on an ‘edge case’ situation when somebody behaves in a way that hampers the group process or when something wholly new to us comes up in a group. What are our tools for handling such unexpected ‘edge cases’?
“Non-trivial edge cases can result in the failure of an object that is being engineered. They may not have been foreseen during the design phase, and they may not have been thought possible during normal use of the object. For this reason, attempts to formalize good engineering standards often include information about edge cases.”
Can we begin to describe ‘edge cases’, i.e. situations beyond the ordinary that may work well enough using our normal processes and situations beyond the ordinary that will not?

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by February 14th will be eligible for refunds of minus $50 for administrative costs.


Registration ends on 2/29/2024





Online Balint Group with Katie Margo & Sonja Ware
3/19/2024

Leaders facilitating the group: Katie Margo, MD, and Sonja Ware, ThM, MDiv
Time:
7:30pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time/4:30pm - 5:30pm Pacific Time
Number of meetings and Dates: Ten (10) meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month March - January, with the exception of July: March 19th, April 16th, May 21st, June 18th, August 20th, September 17th, October 15th, November 19th, December 17th. 2024 and January 21, 2025.

Fees:
$250 for ABS Members
$400 for non-members


Cancellation Policy:
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. 

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.

 

Target Audience
This series is appropriate for clinicians new to the Balint Group method as well as experienced Balint Group leaders. Suitable for those in active practice including physicians (primary care, psychiatry, other specialists), nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and others. 

Accreditation
The AAFP has reviewed Balint Group - Decreasing Isolation with Peer Consultation, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. 

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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Registration ends on 3/15/2024





Spokane Balint Leadership Training Intensive
4/17/2024 - 4/20/2024

                                                                        

The four-day Intensive course is designed to teach Balint group leadership technique primarily through experiential groups, supplemented by topic-focused small discussion groups and faculty panel discussions. Attendees will have ample time to present cases, practice leading a Balint group, and engage informally with other participants. 

The Spokane Leadership Intensive course is 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, veterinarians, and pastoral care providers.

Course Details

The conference will be held at the Ruby River Hotel where hometown hospitality and peaceful river views greet every guest. Located on the Spokane River with easy access to the Centennial Trail and Riverfront Park, perfect for a leisurely walk or bike ride. 

 

 


Location: Ruby River Hotel
700 N Division Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Registration ends on 3/5/2024





Healing, Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat
5/10/2024 - 5/12/2024

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 Balint group format is an empathy-enhancing practice to strengthen treatment alliances, improve care delivery, increase practitioner resilience and decrease professional isolation. Further context on the neuroscience of compassion and its importance in the provision of effective service will increase understanding of the connection between practitioners’ self-care and the care they are able to offer others. The accommodations and architecture are exquisite and the weekend is educational, restful, and rejuvenating.

Cancellation Policy
Registrants wishing to cancel their registration must do so in writing by the cancellation deadline of March 15, 2024. For cancellations received by the cancelation date, $100 of the registration fee will be withheld for administrative fees and the refund will be issued within 30 days of acknowledgment of the cancellation. For cancellations received after the cancellation date, no refunds will be available. 
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Location: Ratna Ling
35755 Hauser Bridge Rd
Cazadero, CA 95421

Registration ends on 3/15/2024





23rd International Balint Congress
9/9/2024 - 9/13/2024

Cultivating Understanding and Compassion Through Balint
The International Balint Federation (IBF) is composed of 28 societies around the globe which represent varied cultures, historical backgrounds, languages and healthcare systems. While we celebrate our diversity, we acknowledge that we have much to learn from each other. Particularly when we face challenging times, it may help us to examine how Balint Groups work and what gets in their way.  We will examine the ways Balint promotes the cultivation of understanding and compassion in our varied settings and experiences. We will accomplish this learning through paper presentations, workshops and rich fellowship. Please join us at The Colorado Chautauqua, a national historic landmark at the base of the Flatiron Mountains for:
  • Five (5) longitudinal Balint Group sessions.
  • Paper presentations, poster sessions and workshops.
  • Continuing education credit (APA and AAFP/AMA).
  • A rich program of cultural and nature activities for registrants and guests.
  • Opportunities for networking and relaxation in a beautiful environment.
  • Registration fee: $625. There are no discounts for Society members.

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Location: Colorado Chautauqua
900 Baseline Road
Boulder, co 80302

Registration ends on 7/11/2024





23rd International Balint Congress - Virtual Option
9/9/2024 - 9/13/2024

Cultivating Understanding and Compassion Through Balint
The International Balint Federation (IBF) is composed of 28 societies around the globe which represent varied cultures, historical backgrounds, languages and healthcare systems. While we celebrate our diversity, we acknowledge that we have much to learn from each other. Particularly when we face challenging times, it may help us to examine how Balint Groups work and what gets in their way.  We will examine the ways Balint promotes the cultivation of understanding and compassion in our varied settings and experiences. We will accomplish this learning through paper presentations, workshops and rich fellowship. Please join us virtually for one of the following options:

$400 tuition is limited to 42 people and includes:
  • 5 Balint Groups via Zoom (available in three international timezones)
  • live streaming of presentations
  • access to a recording of each livestream to view at your convenience
  • virtual social hour
  • electronic copies of the proceedings and Ascona book
  • APA CE or AAFP CME credit for attendance at papers and Balint group sessions
$200 tuition will be made available once there are 30 registrants at the $400 rate and will include:
  • live streaming of presentations
  • access to a recording of each livestream to view at your convenience
  • virtual social hour
  • electronic copies of the proceedings and Ascona book
  • APA CE or AAFP CME credit for attendance at papers 

Location: Livestream