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Fall/Winter Balint group - September 24th - December 10th

Kris Wheeler, MA          Katherine Knowlton, PhD 

We are forming a group of up to 10 people to meet Monday nights (mostly 2nd and 4th Mondays) from 7:30-9:00. We'll have six sessions in the fall: we begin September 24th; then October 8th and 22nd; 12th and 19th of November; with the final meeting December 10th. Cost for the series is $150, payable at the first meeting. Site specifics available once you register.

We are also planning a ten session series in the new year, starting on the second Monday in January and using mostly 2nd and 4th Mondays till the second Monday in May. Those already doing Balint work with us will have first refusal rights for that series. 

We welcome you to share this information with colleagues who may be interested in this group.  Here’s a brief explanation:


Balint work is designed specifically to allow transference and countertransference in a therapeutic alliance to become conscious, understandable, and therefore usable, for the clinician. 


In a chapter in Making Spaces: Putting Psychoanalytic Thinking to Work

(Kate Cullen, et al.) Grant Wilkie describes why Balint groups fit so well in therapists' continuing psychoanalytic study and self-development:


In the Balint group, by opening up pockets of potential space, trainees learn to make use of associative modes of thinking and engage in “serious play, " which allows them to metabolize their experience, to put it into words, and find different ways to think about the problem.  In time, the alpha function of the group is internalized, enabling members to think in a quite different way about their work. 


The Balint group method emphasizes experience-near language and de-emphasizes authority for its own sake in both the group leaders and the group members.  It fits well with contemporary analytic trends.  The Balints understood the mutative power of the clinical relationship and the nonverbal, affective components of the treatment experience long before these took their rightful place in psychoanalytic work alongside interpretation. We are pleased to provide the chance to practice this discipline.


This group is not set up to offer CE credit for either physicians or mental health providers. Nonetheless, it may be accepted by your licensing authority on the basis of our credentails and the relevance of the work to your practice. If this is a consideration for you, please contact the government agency whose approval you will need before you register. If you'd like to join us, let either of us know. Or be in touch if you have any questions at all. 


What's happening?
Leadership Training

April 25-28, 2019

Long Beach Island, NJ
Fall, 2019

Balint Groups:

Open enrollment group
9/24 - 12/10