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Balint Group for case consultation: Supporting our healthcare providers
to avoid burnout, and increase positive health outcomes for patients.

Attention Healthcare providers: MDs, NDs, DOs, PAs, Psychotherapists, Acupuncturists, Nurses, Nutritionists, and other healthcare providers.

Niels Nielsen, MD and Trevor Slocum, MA, LMHC are offering a multidisciplinary Balint group for doctors, psychotherapists, and healthcare providers.

We are forming a group of 8 clinician participants, who are currently healthcare providers and able to present cases.  This series of groups will meet two Fridays of every month for 8 sessions via Zoom.  The suggested cost is $230.  We ask the clinicians interested to attend as many groups as they can, and the group can allow for some flexibility in attendance to accommodate for the realities of busy lives.

About Balint work: This case consultation method was invented to help primary care physicians "unstick" difficult relationships with patients. It works for medical and mental health professionals who understand the importance of the practitioner-patient relationship. 

Balint group work builds community and support for our professional selves as clinicians. This group is for clinicians that have reached a point in their practice where they are not looking for technical treatment advice. Instead of advice, the group works together to offer the clinician speculations and reflections about the relationship between the clinician and the patient.  This enhances the clinician's capacity for empathy and opens the clinician to new ways of understanding and responding to their patients.

By gently and non-intrusively exploring the relational dynamics (transference and countertransference dynamics), Balint groups help cultivate your imaginative comprehension of the patient’s whole experience, which in turn expands your creative options for engaging.

Group Size: This group will have up to 8 participants and will meet 8 times.

Where: We will meet virtually by Zoom.  Details provided to registrants.

When: We will meet roughly every other week on Friday afternoons from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. 

The dates are: Sept. 4th, Sept. 18th, Oct. 2nd, Oct. 16th, Oct. 30th, Nov. 13th, Dec. 4th, Dec. 18th

Cost: The suggested cost is $230 for the set of 8 group sessions, but participants can pay what they can afford.  The fee is due at the first group.

If you'd like to join us, let either of us know. Or be in touch if you have any questions at all. 

Niels Nielsen, MD 
Trevor Slocum, MA, LMHC   206-309-4224

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Leadership Training

Boston, MA
Fall, 2021

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     Available from Amazon books in paperback or ebook format:
Restoring the Core of Clinical Practice: What is a Balint Group and How does it Help?
by Laurel Milberg, PhD and Katherine Knowlton, PhD.