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2nd Athens Balint Weekend (21-22 February 2015)

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The second Athens Balint Weekend will take place on February 20-21, 2015,  under the auspices of the British Balint Society. The invited guest of the Hellenic group and representative of the British Balint Society will be Dr. Gearoid Fitzgerald, Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS, Psychoanalyst and Member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, Balint group leader and Member of the Council of the British Balint Society. Dr Fitzgerald has contributed actively to the development of Balint groups in Greece by providing supervision for the training of group leaders and helping through his knowlegde and experience in the organisation of the groups.

During his visit, Dr Fitzgerald will co-lead the ongoing group with Mrs Lida Bitrou, and will give a talk on the countertransference in the doctor/therapist and patient relationship.

The event will take place at the offices of the Hellenic Balint Group in the suburb of Kifissia in Athens.

Welcome to the Hellenic Balint Groups’ website

Welcome to the website of the Hellenic Balint Groups, the purpose of which is to promote the theory and practice of Balint groups in Greece.

Balint groups that are named after the psychoanalysts Michael and Enid Balint who formed in the 1950s in the UK the first groups for general practitioners, are based on the presentation and discussion of cases from the clinical practice of health professionals and aim at the enhancement of the therapeutic relationship through the understanding of its emotional content and the way in which this content affects the treatment.

The interested public of Balint groups consists primarily of medical doctors, but also includes psychologists, nurses, social workers and generally professionals that are involved in a caregiving relationship.

If you are a health professional and are interested in the psychological aspects of your work and the relationship with your patients, do not hesitate to contact us by phone at +30 210 8016431 or by email at info@balintgroupgreece.com and learn more about Balint groups.

Participation of the Hellenic Balint Group in the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Congress of Mental Health in Primary Care

The Hellenic Balint group participated in the roundtable of the 2nd Pan-Hellenic Congress of Mental Health in Primary Healthcare on Friday, December 19 at 16:30-18:00 at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. The subject and topics presented in the roundtable were:

“Balint groups as a place for training doctors in the psychological approach of patients”

  • Lida Bitrou, Introduction to the theory and practice of Balint groups
  • Lida Semidala-Avramopoulou, Psychosomatic Medicine and Balint groups
  • Balint group formed ad hoc with some of the participants and led by the two speakers

 Congress website: http://www.e-vip.com.gr/sem/2nd-mental-health/

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Participation in the 2nd Interdisciplinary Congress of Psychiatry and Related Sciences (Athens, 30 October-2 November 2014)

The Hellenic Balint Group participated with a symposium with the subject of

Balint groups as a place for psychological support and training method for doctors and other health professionals

in the 2nd Interdisciplinary Congress of Psychiatry and Related Sciences that took place in Athens from the 30th of October to the 2nd of November in Divani Caravel Hotel.

Speakers and titles of the presentations:

Lida Bitrou, Introduction to the theory and practice of Balint groups

Evgenia Karantoni, Training the doctor in psychological thinking

Magda Hatzidimitri, The group as a “holding” environment for the clinician  

For more information please visit the congress website:

http://www.psych-relatedsciences.org www_psych-relatedsciences_org

Accreditation of the first Balint group leader in Greece

On 10 May 2014 the Council of the british Balint Society granted the accreditation of Balint group leader to Mrs. Lida Bitrou after the completion of her training. This is the first case in which a leader is trained by a foreign Balint society for the sole purpose of organizing and coordinating groups in Greece, thus paving the way to the training of other group leaders. The training addressed to doctors, psychologists and other health professionals, is based on the participation of the trainee in a Balint group as a member, leading of groups and supervision of his/her work with an accredited group leader.

Those interested in training can contact the Hellenic Balint Group. READ MORE »

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