50th Anniversary Celebration

Balint at 50: from Foundation to the Future: 17th May 2019, 9am to 6pm 

A day long event to celebrate our 50th anniversary at the Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE.

Includes the 23rd Michael Balint Memorial Lecture, speaker Peter Toon.

Price: £80 (students £10)

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09.00  Registration, Coffee & opportunity to view an Exhibition about the Balints

  • courtesy of Raluca Soreanu & Ewan O’Neill, British Psychoanalytical Society

09.45  Welcome to the day:  Caroline Palmer, President of Balint Society UK.

10.00  Balint & his Psychoanalytic Legacy

  • Michael Balint in Hungary: Raluca Soreanu.
  • His early years at the Tavistock Clinic, work with Enid & GPs:  Jennifer Johns.
  • Psychoanalysis within current Balint Work:  Gearoid Fitzgerald.

10.45  The GP Experience of early groups & the birth of the Balint Society.

  • Jimmy Carne: ‘From the Long Case to Six Minutes for the Patient’.
  • John Salinsky: The establishment of the Society, & remembering Mike Courtenay.

11.15  Coffee & exhibition viewing.

11.45  23rd Michael Balint Memorial Lecture.

  •  “Balint and Virtue Ethics” by Peter Toon

12.45  Lunch & exhibition viewing.

13.45  Fishbowl Experience:  an example of how a Balint group may function.

14.45  Tea & exhibition viewing.

15.15  From The Psychiatrist’s Chair.

  • ‘Balint from the Cradle to the Grave’:  James Johnston
  • Balint & me:  Khushi Ghazanfar

15.45  Cum Scientia Caritas:  Balint in General Practice.

  • GP Registrar Balint groups & the Care Home Pilot group: Suni Perera.
  • GP Balint groups & hospital groups: David Watt.
  • The Academy and Balint Research:  Andrew Elder.

16.30  Into the Future! Student Balint Experiences & Plans.

  • Balint Essay Prize Winner 2018: Inseo Yun (Edinburgh)
  • ‘From membership to leadership’:  Scarlett Tankard. (Bristol)
  • Setting up the Pan-London Medical Student Balint Society:  Victoria Whitford

17.00  Plenary

17.15  Cake & Fizz!