Newcastle upon Tyne Two day Balint event including Leadership development groups, Balint Psychodrama group and ordinary Balint groups

 Registration is closed for this event

Come and join us at this two day event in the North East which will be like a Balint 'weekend' in the working week.  It is open to everyone with all levels of experience of Balint work.  You can choose to be in one of three groups:

Ordinary Balint groups, Leadership,  and Balint Psychodrama Groups

Ordinary Balint group  This is good experience for new comers; also for leaders to have an experience of being in a group themselves.

Leadership development group  This group will be experiential and focus on the skills of leading a Balint group.  It is suitable for anyone who is currently leading a group.  The experience can count towards accreditation. 

Balint Psychodrama group   Balint psychodrama stems from the partnership of two practices: the classic Balint group on the one hand and psychoanalytic Psychodrama on the other.  Jean Pierre Bachman, The Journal of the Balint Society, vol 43, 2015 p5.  It was developed in the 1970s in France by Ann Cain a psychoanalyst and psychodramatist in collaboration with Charles Brisset, a Balint group leader in Paris.  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. Rather than telling a story about the patient, the interaction between the doctor and the patient is shown through the use of the body in action and movement which  hopefully opens up new ways of reflecting about the case, allowing the more unconscious and non-verbal aspects of the relationship to emerge in the group.

Psychodrama group facilitators:

Dr Jean-Pierre Bachmann
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist in Geneva. Psychoanalyst and Balint Leader. Member of the Association Internationale du Psychodrame Balint Paris and the Swiss Balint Society.

Dr Marie-Noelle Laveissiere
Gynaecologist in Paris and Balint Leader.  Member of the Association Internationale du Psychodrame Balint Paris.

Dr Esti Rimmer
Psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical psychologist.  Balint Leader and supervisor. Newcastle upon Tyne.

There will be a limited number of places in this group allocated on a first come first served basis.

Thursday evening Dinner and relaxation.

Dinner, which is included, will be at Beamish Hall on Thursday evening along with some time to relax.  You can take a tour of the local microbrewery, try your hand at archery or a rope course, or take a walk in the lovely countryside. Transport will be provided.

Venue and accommodation

The Lancastrian Suite belonged previously to the Northern Clubs Federation, on the Federation Brewery Site where Newcastle Brown Ale used to be made.  It is now a large conference centre    There is plenty of free parking and it is a short taxi ride from Newcastle Station.  It is not advisable get there on foot as it is surrounded by pedestrian unfriendly dual carriageways around the metro centre.

This is a non-residential event. You can find plenty of hotels in Newcastle city centre.  If you are coming by car you might look for smaller hotels and B & B in Low Fell, Gateshead, and Whickham.

Lunches, tea and coffee, transport to Beamish and the Dinner are included in the registration fee. Transport to Beamish Hall on Thursday evening will come back to the Lancastrian Suite and then Newcastle City Centre. 

This event is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners 

Programme outline

Thursday June 28th

10.00 Registration
10.30 Introduction followed by Groups
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Groups/talk
17.00  Transport to Beamish Hall.  Recreation, relaxation and Dinner
22.00  Return to Lancastrian Suite and Newcastle City Centre

Friday June 29th

09.30 Groups/talk/fishbowl
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Groups
16.00 Plenary
16.30 Finish

Cancellation policy for Balint Society events

The Balint Society tries to make events cost neutral, so our cancellation policy aims to ensure that we cover our costs, but no more. Cancellation requests should be sent in writing to Balint Events. For cancellations received before 31 May the fee will be refunded in full.

For cancellations received after 31 May the fee paid minus the Balint Society Administration charge of £25.00 will be made. For payments made by bank transfer, the bank account name and number must be included with the cancellation request so that the refund can be arranged.

Where venue costs attributable to a delegate are incurred, this amount plus the Balint Society Administration charge of £25.00 will be deducted from the fee paid before a refund is issued. For very late cancellations, this may mean that no refund is possible as the Society will be committed to pay the venue. 

In the case of payment by Trusts, an alternative delegate may be sent to the event free of charge.

Please note that when a delegate does not attend, no refund can be issued.In the circumstance that the event has to be cancelled by us, the Balint Society will provide a full refund to delegates.

Occasionally it is necessary to make late changes to an event programme and the Society reserves the right to do this.

June 28th, 2018 10:00 AM   to   June 29th, 2018 5:00 PM
Lancastrian Suite
Lancaster Rd
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE11 9JR
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Fee (2 days) £ 180.00
Student Fee £ 20.00

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