Leadership Accreditation Pathway


The following guidelines will be used in developing an individual learning and supervision plan in consultation with the Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ) Accreditation Committee.

1. Requirements

Approved by the BSANZ Board (June 2021)


A. Training

Essential leadership training requirements

  1. Formal leadership training: Approved BSANZ Balint Group Workshops and/or BSANZ Balint Group workshops and International workshops online or face-to-face, e.g. Balint Federation (IBF) or American Balint Society (ABS) leadership workshops, subject to prior Accreditation Committee approval. See notes below.
  2. Lead and/or co-lead a minimum of 30 Balint group case discussions over a minimum of 20 Balint group meetings during the course.

Desirable training requirements:

  1. Co-leading with a BSANZ accredited leader for the equivalent of 20 Balint group
  2. Membership of an ongoing Balint group.

Please note: in this uncertain time of the Covid pandemic:
The Requirements for Leadership Training previously indicated that it is essential for a candidate to attend two BSANZ Balint Group Intensives OR one BSANZ Balint Group Intensive plus one IBF (International Balint Federation) Leadership Intensive or ABS (American Balint Society) Intensive, subject to prior BSANZ Accreditation Committee approval.

At this time, in the current Covid climate, in-person attendance will be difficult if not impossible. Therefore BSANZ, along with International Balint organizations are revising their programmes:

  • Online programmes, workshops and Intensives can replace in-person attendance.
  • These programmes will usually include those offered by BSANZ, IBF (International Balint Federation) and ABS (American Balint Society).
  • Approval for participation in any programme, (including those offered by BSANZ), that the candidate wishes to count towards the requirements of the BSANZ Leadership Accreditation Pathway will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates will need to submit relevant information about the programmes before approval can be given.
  • The information required is a copy of the programme, including a list of the leaders of the event.
  • Candidates are to submit a short report about their experience to the committee after the event.

At present we cannot say for how long these changes will apply. The situation will be reassessed in 2021-2022. 

B. Supervision

Essential supervision requirements

  1. A period of supervision no less than two years. In that time no less than 10 one-hour supervision meetings in each 12 month period, either by video or teleconferencing or fact-to-face.
  2. All supervisors are BSANZ accredited Leader Trainers OR
  3. A supervisor may be a Leader Trainer in training subject to prior approval by the Accreditation Committee.
  4. Supervisors will provide annual reports on supervision to the Chair of the Accreditation Committee and the trainee.
  5. The trainee is required to have supervision from a minimum of two supervisors over the time of the course.
  6. Supervisors and trainees must adhere to supervision arrangements and standards described in the following documents:

Changing supervisors

Individual supervision is required with two different supervisors for at least one year each.

The trainee is required to inform the Accreditation Committee of a change in supervisor and the name of each supervisor. The change requires the approval of the Accreditation Committee.The committtee may advise the candidate of a suitable supervisor.

C. Observation

Essential observation requirements

  1. Trainees are to be observed in their Balint group leadership by BSANZ accredited Leader Trainers (the ‘Observers)’) for two Balint group sessions.
      • It is desirable that one observation should be at a BSANZ Balint Group Workshop or other approved Balint workshop.
      • Another observation can be at a Balint group when the applicant is leading or co-leading the group face to face or online.
      • The observations can be done in online groups.
      • Observations are usually arranged towards the end of a year of training with individual supervision.
  2. The observations must be done by two Leader Trainers at separate group sessions.
  3. Observations must have prior approval from the Accreditation Committee. Observers are appointed by the Accreditation Committee. LINK <Guidelines for Observations>.
  4. The observers will provide written reports on their observations to the Accreditation Committee, trainee, and supervisor. The reports will contain information on observed trainee leadership.
  5. Template for Observation Reports
  6. Guidelines for Observations

2. Roles of the Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee has the following roles:

  1. Recommends applicants to the board for approval to begin training.
  2. Approves each of the applicant’s Learning and Supervision Plans.
  3. Assists with the selection, and sign-off on choice, of each supervisor.
  4. Receive the annual supervisor reports and each observer report.
  5. Appoints observers and approves observations.
  6. Assists the supervision process as outlined in the supervision agreement.
  7. Monitors progress through training.
  8. Is available to the trainee to address training issues.

3. Learning and Supervision Plans

  • Learning and Supervision Plans are to be submitted to the Accreditation Committee for approval.
  • Learning and Supervision Plans are to be written in consultation between the trainee and each supervisor.
  • Learning and Supervision Template 

4. Completion of Training

The Accreditation Committee requires the following:

  1. The submission by the trainee of a piece of reflective writing, in which they reflect on their learning experiences and suitability for Leadership Accreditation.
  2. A record of the Balint experiences while on the Leadership Pathway, including the number of Balint groups attended as a member and as a leader, the number of cases led during training, the Balint workshops and other Balint activities attended.
  3. A final report from their current supervisor concerning the suitability of the trainee for Leadership Accreditation. This report must be discussed between the supervisor and trainee prior to submission to the Accreditation Committee.
  4. The Accreditation Committee recommends to the BSANZ Board the trainee for Leadership Accreditation.

5. Fees

The Accreditation Committee requires the following:

  1. Fees involved in supervision, observation and support of the applicant are a matter for negotiation between the relevant parties. The BSANZ does not determine the fee structure. There are no fees for observations at BSANZ Balint Group Workshops.
  2. Entry and continuation on the Pathway for Balint Leadership Accreditation requires:
  • maintenance of financial membership of the BSANZ while training and while practising as a BSANZ Accredited Leader
  • an enrolment fee of AUD300/NZD315
  • an annual training fee of AUD 200/NZD215

Leading a Balint Group


BSANZ Accredited Leaders


BSANZ Accredited Supervisors/Leader Trainers


Leadership Training Pathway Application Form


Supervision Agreement Between the Supervisor and the Accreditation Committee on Behalf of the Board (Document A)


Agreement between the Supervisor and the Supervisee (Document B)


Template for learning and supervision plan for accreditation via Leadership Training (Document D)


Template for supervision reports to the BSANZ Accreditation Committee (Document C)


Requirements for Leader Trainer Accreditation