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Northwest Balint Circle
Celebrating Collective Wisdom
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Who We Are

The Northwest Balint Circle includes medical and mental health professionals with an interest in the reflective case consultation discipline known as Balint group work. Many of our members have leadership training through the American Balint Society. Some are credentialed leaders or supervisors approved to train others.
We have members active at the national ABS and international  IBF levels. 

Contact Us to arrange a speaker for your professional group or agency. Balint group demonstrations provide excellent professional development and team building, and our experienced speaker-leaders can adapt to fit your context and needs.

What is A Balint group?

Balint groups consist of medical and mental health professionals interested in improving the clinician-patient relationship. They meet regularly to focus on specific cases with the goal of improving treatment. They do not do treatment planning, but increase the thoughts and feelings available to the clinician in difficult circumstances. The group process supports divergent (right brain) as opposed to convergent (left brain) thinking. Regular participation helps develop intuition and empathy.
In spring of 2014 Seattle hosted a training attended by people from five countries and eleven states. Afterward we made a video by posing the question "What is a Balint group?" to the Faculty of the Leadership Training Intensive.

Event News

There are several activities you might want to investigate .

Open enrollment Balint Group - Winter/Spring 2018

This will be offered by Kris Wheeler ( and Kathy Knowlton ( in the winter. All disciplines welcome. No experience with the method required. Here is more information.  

Intensives in Seattle, Denver and Portland

Seattle hosted the spring Intensive in 2017 from March 30th till April 2nd. Reviews were excellent, so it's likely we'll offer to host again in the spring of 2020. If you have interest in helping to plan that event, watch this space for a future call to participate.

Denver will host another midwinter intensive. Check the ABS home page for an announcement and a link to registration. ABS Home

Portland will hold next spring's intensive. This is the next best thing to having an intensive in Seattle. Well, maybe it's even better if you have folks you want to visit in our cooler-little-sister city! We'll have links and details here as soon as they are available.

Our Activities

Our members participate in, lead and demonstrate Balint groups in many settings. To respect the power and complexity of group process, our listings include only groups which involve leaders with some training through the American Balint Society. Groups may differ in cost and enrollment structure. The following examples include leader contact information where appropriate. 

Polyclinic Balints: Multiple Specialties, Multiple Settings 

These groups are held by the largest physician-owned multi-specialty clinic in the state. Read more: Polyclinic Balint

Rotating Leader Groups 

 This format was pioneered in England. Read more: Rotating Leader Groups

Introductory Demonstrations

Members present papers and lead demonstrations at conferences, professional trainings and classes, nationally, locally and at the international level. If you are interested in hosting a speaker/trainer from the Northwest Balint Circle, contact us.


Part of the Northwest Balint Circle's purpose is to provide a Balint weekend regularly. Read more: 

What's happening?

Leadership Training

Pittsburgh, PA
October 12-15, 2017

Denver, CO
January 18-21, 2018

Portland, OR
April 19-22, 2018

Boston, MA
October 11-14, 2018