Presented by Mrs. Leonie Sullivan / Room: Library
The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the Balint model. This will be followed by an opportunity for the group to work with a narrative offered by a member of the group. There will be an experience of the group working with a dilemma presented. Of particular note, no special preparation is required for the case presentation and participants will be asked to present the case briefly, informally and without notes. Slips of memory and the tongue are seen as part of the work of the group in understanding the material.
Balint groups can provide a setting in which members can explore the multiple layers of transference and counter transference that unfold from point of first contact and assessment through to termination. Balint Groups provide a different reflective space from that of supervision. It is often only when the group takes on the work of the case that what needs further thought/understanding becomes clear.
By the careful setting of the frame, the group provides a safe thinking place as participants experience the benefits of their emerging thoughts about what has been presented. As with psychoanalysis, a solution is not the primary aim of the work, but may arise as the depth of understanding the material develops even after the group has ceased to meet.
This is a 2 hour experiential workshop for a maximum of 15 participants. Previous Balint experience is not necessary. Participants are required to commit to attending the entire workshop, thus providing a continuity of experience for each other. All participants should be in clinical contact with patients and be willing to present a case. It is necessary to pre register in order to avoid any clinical complications, places will be allocated in the order of registration.
Mrs Leonie Sullivan is an analyst in private practice in Sydney. She has a special interested in running Balint Groups.