Diary of Events

January 12th, 2016

For a detailed description of our events click on the link to the right of this page

Dates for your diary: dates in red are open for booking; more details and booking links lower down the page

16th May 2018 Birmingham: Leadership development day

15th June 2018 London: Leadership training day

15th-16th June 2018 Dublin: 1.5 day Balint Experience event, organised by Dublin Balint

28th-29th June 2018 Newcastle: 2 day Balint event

14th-16th September 2018 Oxford weekend

17th October 2018 Manchester: leadership training day

16th-18th November 2018 Belfast weekend

7th December 2018 Bristol Leadership Study Day

5th-7th April 2019 Whalley weekend

Balint Weekends/ 2 day events

Friday June 15th –  Saturday June 16th 2018: Dublin
A one and a half-day forum of Balint groups, discussion and conversations

This event will be held in Finnstown House Hotel, in Lucan on the outskirts of Dublin, a country house hotel minutes off the M50 motorway. 

Dr Emma Nelson, Dr Hugh Nohilly and Réamonn Ó Donnchadha Ph.D., are co-ordinating this event, the first in the capital, on Friday & Saturday 15th /16th June 2018.

Dublin Balint are following the lead of Sligo and Belfast, with the guidance of the UK Balint society, in providing the opportunity to be part of an experiential Balint event.

The registration fee is €150 (£130) with a discounted rate available for accommodation at the hotel.

Dublin Balint welcome expressions of interest to participate in the Dublin Balint Experience, in particular from accredited leaders who may like to lead Balint groups during the forum.

They would be delighted if you were to join them for what is hoped will be a great experience. If interested, please contact dublinbalint@gmail.com to receive a registration form and payment method details (euro cheque by post, electronic bank transfer and Paypal).

NOTE: Balint Society UK will NOT be handling registration or payments for this event.

Thursday June 28th – Friday June 29th 2018: Newcastle upon Tyne
Two day Balint event including Leadership development groups, Balint Psychodrama group and ordinary Balint groups.

This two day event will be like a Balint ‘weekend’ but in the working week.  We will be running:

Ordinary Balint groups This is good experience for new comers and for leaders to have experience of being in a group themselves.

Leadership development groups for anyone who is currently leading a group, which can also count towards accreditation.

Balint Psychodrama group   Psychodrama stems from the partnership of two practices: the classic Balint group on the one hand and psychoanalytic Psychodrama on the other.  Balint Psychodrama is not role play but aims to recreate real scenes  that took place in actual consultations as described by the presenting doctor and re-enacted by the presenter and group members.

Dinner which is included, will be at Beamish Hall on Thursday evening along with some time to relax. This is a non-residential event.  Cost £150. There is plenty of accommodation near the venue in Newcastle and Gateshead.  Any queries contact Jane.dammers@ncl.ac.uk

This event is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Further information and Registration


14th-16th September 2018: Oxford weekend at Corpus Christi College

Listening and reflecting

  • Refresh your enthusiasm
  • Revive your empathy
  • Share your experience of the consultation
  • Come to understand your feelings and how to work more effectively

There will be a choice of Balint Groups or Group Leaders Workshops and everyone can experience the Demonstration Fishbowl.

This is a residential weekend in an old Oxford college, or you can attend as a day delegate. Early bird rate until 1st July.

Further information and Registration


Future weekends:

All will offer leadership training groups and ordinary Balint groups. Information and booking details are posted 4-5 months before each event.

16th-18th November 2018: Belfast

5th-7th April 2019: Whalley Abbey


One day events:

Friday 15 June 2018 10.00 – 17.00: London Study Day
Swiss Cottage Hotel, London NW3 3HP.
A one day Balint Leaders training workshop for anyone leading a Balint group.  
Maximum participants 28.

This workshop will be of interest to those leading Balint groups and Balint style case discussion groups who wish to examine and develop their leadership skills. We will explore some of the successes, difficulties and pitfalls in leading such groups in a variety of different settings using short presentations, group discussion and experience of being in or observing some Balint group work during the day.

The day will count towards Leadership Accreditation.

Facilitators:

Dr Helen Sheldon, Consultant Adult Psychotherapist
Dr John Salinsky, GP
Dr David Watt, GP and Past President Balint Society
Dr Doris Blass, Former GP, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

Closing date for applications 18/05/18.

Further information and Registration


Future one day events:

Wednesday 17th October 2018: Manchester leadership training day

Facilitators: Ceri Dornan, former GP and Helen Sheldon, Consultant Adult Psychotherapist. Maximum of 14 participants.

Friday 7 December, 10.00 – 17.00: Bristol Study Day

A one day Balint Leaders training workshop for anyone leading a Balint group


22nd Michael Balint Memorial Lecture: “Rules”

Given by Dr Pat Tate, GP and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, on Friday 28th April 2017: a podcast of this lecture is now available
Podcasts of the 2013 and 2015 lectures are also available on the Our podcasts page 

Group leaders’ peer supervision workshop dates

Birmingham Peer Supervision GroupIf you are leading a group, or are interested in becoming a leader, this is for you.  The intention is to provide supervision support in a group setting.  We meet every two months at Edgbaston Golf Club, Birmingham, B15. The meeting is usually on the third Thursday of the month, from 7-9pm.

Please contact Dr Shake Seigel for further information

Tavistock WorkshopPlease contact David Watt if you are interested in presenting your group 

Meets at the Tavistock Clinic, 120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA. All meetings begin at 8pm and end at 10pm.

Next Meeting: Tuesday 8th May 2018

Newcastle upon Tyne Balint Leaders’ Peer Supervision GroupPlease contact Jane Dammers if you would like to attend or present your group.

Meetings are held from 4pm to 6pm at Benfield House, Walkergate Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle NE6 4QD   Tel: 0191 287 6130.

Next meeting: June 20th 4 – 6pm

The Balint leaders peer supervision group is open to anybody in the region who is running a Balint group.  We meet for 2 hours and have time to discuss one or two groups as well as discussing some more general issues.  There is no charge for this group.  If you know anybody who is involved in Balint and is not on the mailing list please feel free to invite them to come along.

North West Balint Leaders’ GroupPlease contact Ceri Dornan if you would like to attend this or future meetings.

Next meeting: to be decided.


International meetings: See IBF website for details of other international events, information about the International Balint Federation, member countries and more. www.balintinternational.com