Understanding the emotional content of the therapeutic relationship

Welcome to our website

Welcome to the official website of the Hellenic Society of Medical Psychology and Balint Groups that was created in 2012 originally under the name “Hellenic Balint Groups” in order to promote the theory and practice of Balint groups in Greece under the auspices of the British Balint Society that was responsible for the training and accreditation of the first accredited Balint group leaders, doctors and psychologists, in Greece.

The method of Balint groups took its name from the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Michael Balint, who with his wife Enid Balint, social worker and psychoanalyst, created in the 1950s, in Great Britain, the first groups of general practitioners that were based on the discussion of cases from the clinical practice of their participants. Their aim was the improvement of the therapeutic relationship through its better understanding by the doctor and the more complete provision of care through a patient-centered approach.

The audience to which the groups are addressed is mainly doctors (now of all specialties and not just general practitioners from whom the groups started) but also involve other professional categories such as psychologists, nurses, midwives and social workers and generally professions in context of which a care-providing relationship can develop.

If you are a health or social care professional and are interested in the psychological aspects of your work and the relationship with your patients, don’t hesitate to contact us at 210 8016400 (Responsible for training Mrs Lida Bitrou) or by email at info@balintgroupgreece.com in order to find out more about Balint groups.

Participation in the online conference of the Maritime Hospital of Athens on October, 2, 2020

We will participate in the online conference of the Nautical Hospital of Athens entitled “Care for the patient in IVF” that will take place on 10th October 2020, where Mrs Lida Bitrou, clinical psychologist and accredited Balint group leader, will give a talk on the emotions in IVF treatment and their management in the therapeutic relationship by the clinician (doctor, nurse, midwife) in a way that is useful for the patient and her treatment, through the lens of the patient-centered approach introduced by Michael Balint.

Interview: Dr. Parthenopi Pantelidou, Head Nurse at the University General Hospital of Thessaloniki AHEPA- one of the COVID-19 referral centers in Greece

Dr. Pantelidou (PhD) talks to Maria Kostopoulou, social worker and member of
the Balint groups, about her experience as a front-line health professional in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
We have prepared for our readers a summary of this very interesting interview that you can read here.

First Scientific Conference of Psychologists at the University Psychiatric Hospital “Eginition”: Balint group for the medical and nursing staff (March 2019)

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the First Scientific Conference of Psychologists organized on 30 March 2019, by the psychological services staff of the First Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Athens- Eginition Hospital, in the context of which we will talk about Balint groups and conduct a group for the psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses of the university hospital that houses since its foundation (1904) the Chairs of Psychiatry and Neurology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA).

You can read more about this group in our newsletter issue.

Balint group at Sismanogleio General Hospital of Attica for the Internal Medicine Nursing Specialty (September 2018)

After the invitation of the Social Services of the Sismanogleio General Hospital of Attica, we conducted, last September, a Balint group for the nurses who are training in the Internal Medicine Specialty programme. This very interesting group that was conducted under the co-leadership of Mrs Lida Bitrou, clinical psychologist and accredited group leader, and Mrs Alia Hotary, psychologist and group leader in training, pointed out the need to integrate a method of psychological approach to patients in the training and clinical practice of nurses. You can read more about this group in our newsletter issue.

The first Balint group with an accredited group leader in a Greek public hospital (25 April 2018)

On 25 April 2018, a Balint group with an accredited Balint group leader was conducted for the first time with great success in a Greek public hospital at the General Hospital “Elena Venizelou” in Athens. The clinical psychologist and group leader Mrs Lida Bitrou, after her theoretical talk on the announcement of bad news to patients, led a Balint group for the doctors, nurses and midwives of the Department of Prenatal Screening, Assisted Reproduction and Family Planning of the hospital. We hope that this group will mark the beginning of the implementation of Balint groups with accredited group leaders in the hospitals of our country that need a place in which the medical and nursing staff will have the opportunity to talk about their emotions and difficulties related to their valuable work.

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email: info@balintgroupgreece.com

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