Understanding the emotional content of the therapeutic relationship

Independent Balint group for the Child – 20/5/2018

We invite you to the “Independent Balint group for the Child” that will be held on Sunday 20 May 2018 at the Villa Drosini in Kifissia and is addressed to doctors and other health professionals who work with children (pediatricians, child psychiatrists, child psychologists etc) as well as teachers and educators.

The aim of this group is to provide a meeting place for the participants who work with children in the field of Medicine or Education where they will have the chance to reflect on and discuss the psychological aspects of their work with the children.

The participation in this workshop counts towards the completion of hours needed for the training in Balint groups.


10:15 Registrations
10:30 Introduction to the workshop
10:45-12:15 Balint group 1
12:15-12:30 Discussion
12:30-12:50 Coffee break
12:50-14:20 Balint group 2
14:20-14:40 Discussion-conclusions


Lida Bitrou, Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Accredited Balint group leader
Ntina Bezioula, School Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Balint group leader in training

Doctors, Psychologists: 30 euros
Teachers, Educators: 20 euros

For more information and participation please contact us at info@balintgroupgreece.com or by phone at 210 8016431.

The basic two-year training in Balint groups

Balint groups constitute a method of training and research (“training-cum-research” groups) that provide to health/mental health professionals (doctors, psychologists, nurses, midwives, social workers etc) a space to narrate their experiences from their clinical practice within a group of peers with the aim of better comprehending the psychological aspects of their work and cultivate personal skills like understanding, empathy and active listening towards their patients.

The participants, based on a case from their clinical practice, have the opportunity inside the group and with the help of the group leader, to try to understand the difficult aspects of the therapeutic relationship with certain patients (communication problems, non-compliance to treatment, boundary crossings etc). Just like the clinician-patient relationship occupies a central position in healthcare provision, equally in the group this relationship is placed in the centre of interest of the members in order to become an object of elaboration for them.  In this elaboration, the complexity of the clinical relationship emerges (emotions, psychological defenses, limitations) as well as the role of illness (or the medical problem/symptom) and the environment (patient’s family, clinical setting etc) in the interaction of the doctor/clinician with his/her patient.

Through their work in the group, the participants cultivate their ability to listen to their patients in a more effective and meaningful way. This improves the communication that they maintain with them and at the same time it helps them in their clinical work and contributes to a better personal mental state in and out of work. Moreover, by observing him/herself in the group which gives a feedback through their statements and opinions on the case presented, the clinician (doctor or other health/mental health professional) can trace any possible “blind spots” s/he may have and may render his/her communication with certain patients difficult, thus cultivating his/her capability for self-observation and reflective practice.

*The Hellenic Balint Groups function under the auspices of the British Balint Society and the participation in them counts in the credits that are needed for the Balint group leader accreditation (see below). 

Training in Balint group leadership

The training of Balint group leaders is conducted in Greece under the auspices of the British Balint Society that provides the accreditation upon successful completion of training. The prospective group leaders are usually doctors and psychologists who have a considerable experience as group members (in an ongoing group or in Balint weekends and workshops) and have the desire to train as leaders. The training in leadership includes the co-leading of groups with an accredited leader, individual and group supervision and the participation of the trainees in theoretical seminars.

For more information on the training programme you can contact the Responsible person for training of the Hellenic Balint Groups, Mrs Lida Bitrou, at lbit@otenet.gr or by phone at 210 8016400.

2nd Pan-Hellenic Seminar of Psychosomatics in Obstetrics and Gynecology

The 2nd Obstetric and Gynecological Clinic of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki organizes the 2nd Pan-hellenic seminar on Psychosomatics in Obstetrics and Gynecology on Saturday 11 June 2016 at the Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki.

Among the speakers there will be Mrs Lida Bitrou, Balint group leader, who will give a talk with the title “Psychosomatic manifestations: Balint groups for their elaboration by the doctor”

For more information you can have a look at the seminar’s website.


Participation in the Balint weekend in Leeds (November 13-15, 2015)

The leader of the Hellenic Balint Groups, Mrs Lida Bitrou, took part in the Balint weekend that took place in Leeds UK. The participation of the group leader in the weekend was financed by the members of the groups giving her this way the opportunity to take part as a member in four groups of case presentations and one “fishbowl group” (demonstration group) as well as the projection of Jean Renoir’s black and white classical movie “Partie de Campagne” (A day in the country). At the dinner that was given in honor of the participants, the group leader had the chance to talk with her British colleagues and group leaders and exchange views and ideas about the function of Balint groups and the role of health professionals in the two countries.

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