Upcoming Events

Seattle Balint Leadership Training Intensive

Seattle Balint Leadership Training Intensive - 27 February - 1 March, 2020   Course Overview The four-day Intensive course is designed to teach Balint group leadership technique primarily through experiential groups, supplemented by topic-focused small discussion groups and faculty panel discussions. Attendees will have ample time to present cases, practice leading a Balint group, and […]

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Psychosomatics of the Healing Relationship – Hungarian Balint Society Conference

International delegates are cordially invited to a weekend conference on 'The Psychosomatics of the Healing Relationship. Hungarian Society Conference

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4th Biennial American Balint Society National Meeting

4th Biennial ABS National Meeting Hearing the Patient, Healing the Clinician This conference marks the 30th year of the American Balint Society, founded to explore and promote the therapeutic potential of clinician-patient relationships. Those relationships lie at the core of clinical practice and can be powerful for our patients and ourselves. Hearing the Patient, Healing […]

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Aachen Council meeting

IBF Council meeting and Balint Conference 15-17/May 2020. DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES,   The German Balint Society (Deutsche Balint Gesellschaft - DBG) feels honoured to host the IBF Council Meeting in spring 2020. Aachen is a historical town with a Roman history and the place where Charlemagne was crowned in 800 A.D. The beautiful Aachen […]

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Pre-congress of the 9th World Congress for Psychotherapy

Pre-congress of the 9th World Congress for Psychotherapy "Children, Society and Future – the Planet of Psychotherapy" June 26-29, 2020 Moscow, Russia     International Balint Conference June 24-25, 2020 Moscow, Russia   The main theme of our conference is assistance to helping professionals (doctors, medical and social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists, university professors and […]

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Current News

What We Do

Balint in a Nutshell

History of the Balint Group and what it does.

Balint History

Who was Michael Balint and how he influenced Balint work.

Psychosomatic Medicine

A look at Psychosomatic medicine and Balint work.

Ascona Prize for Students

The Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine invites medical students to consider applying for the International Balint Award for Medical Students Ascona Model.

The Student, the Patient and the Illness

Ascona Balint Award Essays 2019

The essays for the Ascona Balint Award give a deep impression of the students’ experiences, reflections and conclusions. And they show an insight into medical education in different countries.

“I learnt the importance of practicing patient-centred medicine – of avoiding the tendency to reduce people to numbers and trends, and treating them as people with individual experiences of illness.“
Elizabeth Hamilton

“One of my insights about that time was that my weakness of identification with the patient’s experience that made my experiences as intense as they were, was probably one of my strongest characteristics as a ‘nearly physician’.“
Nuphar Vinegrad

“I’m proud to be a part of this profession and I’m proud to have been a part of George’s care. He taught me that as a future physician I may be able to cure some people but as person I can care for all of them.“
Michael Watson

With contributions by Katrina Bell, Yohay Bloom, Kirsten Carlaw, Gaylan Dascanio, Ashabilan Ebrahim, Andrea Gipperich, Elizabeth Hamilton, George Huntington, Jessica Ly, Eleesheva Mayo, Michal Rotem-Green, Rebecca M. Shulman, Dominik Stosik, Georges Tinawi, Nuphar Vinegrad, Michael Watson, Kirsty Whitmore, Sarah Woolgar and Cecilia Xu


Balint Literature

Access literature on Balint groups. This is hosted on Mendeley.com.

View books that have been translated into English through the support of the IBF.

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Invitation For Translation Proposals