Upcoming Events

IBF Council meeting and conference, Aachen, Germany, 7-9 May 2021 POSTPONED

The conference that was due to take place in May 2021 has been postponed until May 2022 in view of the pandemic. Details to follow.

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American Balint Society Fourth National Meeting

The meeting takes place at Hacienda del Sol, Tucson, AZ, USA. Please note the dates. Further details to follow

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International Balint Congress Brussels 31st August-4th September 2022

The next International Balint Congress will be at the Maison Notre Dame du Chant-d'Oiseau in Brussels from 31st August -4th September 2022. Full details to follow  

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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

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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