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About Us

The Balint Society was founded in 1969 to continue the work begun by Michael and Enid Balint in the 1950s. The aim of the Society is to help general practitioners towards a better understanding of the emotional content of the doctor-patient relationship. The Balint method consists of regular case discussion in small groups under the guidance of a qualified group leader. The work of the group involves both training and research.

Membership of the Society is open to general practitioners and all others involved in health care. Associate membership is available to all those involved in health care work including doctors, nurses, psychotherapists and counsellors. Students are especially welcome.

The Society holds a series of lectures and discussions at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London. Balint weekends are also held in Northumberland (April) Whalley Abbey, Lancashire (June) and Oxford (September).

The Society is always ready to help with the formation of new Balint-groups. The Group Leaders' Workshop provides a forum for all Balint-group leaders including GP Course Organisers to discuss their work.

The Society is affiliated to the International Balint Federation which co-ordinates Balint activities in many countries and organises an International Balint Congress every two to three years.

The Journal of the Balint Society appears annually and is circulated to all members. There is an annual Essay competition with a prize of 500.

For information about joining the Balint Society contact the Secretary, Dr David Watt, Tollgate Health Centre, 220 Tollgate Road, London E6 4JS. Email David.Watt@gp-f84093.nhs.uk.