Balint groups originally have been originated to support practitionners in UK.
Then, Balint methodology has been extended to different professional families where the key issue is the relationship with the patient.
More recently, Balint groups have been applied to many different professional audiences: not only doctors but a variety of professionals "helping" their patient to deal with their pain/concerns.
The secret winning formula is that professional find the opportunity to reflect about their feelings, reactions and actions in a team context which is supporting and in the meanwhile challenging.
They can learn about themselves, their patients and the interpersonal dynamics in between.
Here are in a nutshell some experiences using Balint group methodology:
- permanent training with a group of pediatricians. These professionals have been meeting up once a week fo 9 years. con pediatri di libera scelta;
- familiarization (12 meetings every two weeks): Centro Diurno of Merate (a varity of different professionals taking care of patients); Servizio di Diagnosi e Cura of Lecco and Merate (doctors, nurses and technicians).
- familiarization (12 meetings every two weeks) with psychologists working with drug addicted people in AUSL 1 di Milano.