Balint Groups

A Balint group is a group of typically 8 to 10 physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers and other health professionals, who meet regularly to discuss clinical cases in which the doctor-patient relationship poses difficulties and uncertainty to the doctor. Group participants are the clinicians who present their cases, and one or two trained Balint group leaders (physicians or psychologists). Every meeting is dedicated to the presentation of a clinical case by a group member. The rest of the group listens without interrupting. Then they can ask questions, give their opinions, and express their feelings. The speaker first listens and then responds to or comments on what was said by the group. Through this process, clinicians receive psychological support while gaining new insights into their relationships with their patients.

The success of a Balint group meeting depends on:

  • the spontaneity with which the speaker presents the case
  • free association of thoughts and feelings by group members
  • absence of notes
  • respect for each other’s comments without judgment
  • confidentiality

If you are a health professional, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more about our Balint groups and discuss potential benefits to your clinical work and personal life.