Criteria for Accreditation

Criteria for accreditation of Balint Group Leaders by the Balint Society UK – April 2020

The following are intended as guidelines and not prescriptive rules.  The intention is to be flexible and encouraging to those who show interest in training as Balint group leaders whilst indicating a desirable set of standards and encouraging the continual development of leaders.

  1. Is a member of the UK Balint Society.
  2. Usually has professional training in a health or a health related field. Other professional groups may also use the Balint method e.g. clergy, teachers.
  3. Has acquired experience in ordinary Balint groups.
  4. Has a supervisor and demonstrates competencies in running Balint groups.  Will submit the written report/reference from the supervisor to the leadership team together with leadership accreditation application form.
  5. Competencies of a Balint group leader:
    • Encourage the development of a safe and free environment within the group and awareness of the importance of protecting the frame and boundaries of the group.
    • Focus the work on an exploration of the relationship between patient and the doctor/ health care professional, rather than seeking solutions or teaching.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of group processes and unconscious processes that are likely to affect the task of the group.
    • Demonstrate an openness to learning about their personal style in leading a group and awareness that their attitudes and responses will influence the dynamics of the group.
    • Recognise that becoming an accredited Balint leader is not an end in itself and will require ongoing development as a leader.

We hope that accredited leaders will engage in the work of The Balint Society, helping to develop Balint work both regionally and nationally.