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Trainees' experiences of a Balint group

  • Arthita Das (a1), Paul Egleston (a2), Hany El-Sayeh (a3), Michelle Middlemost (a4), Narinder Pal (a4) and Lucy Williamson (a4)...
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Psychotherapy training is mandatory before trainees can gain membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. One type of introduction to psychotherapy is via a case discussion group, such as the one pioneered by Michael Balint. Much has been published regarding psychotherapy training, but little describing the Balint method from a trainee's perspective. Our paper outlines trainees' experiences of participating in this type of group. The group encouraged trainees to think about the doctor–patient relationship in their everyday clinical practice. All of those who finished the group described a positive experience, giving a good grounding for further psychotherapy training.

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Hopkins, S. (1994) What is a Balint Group? Journal of the Balint Society, 22, 36–7.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Trainees' experiences of a Balint group

  • Arthita Das (a1), Paul Egleston (a2), Hany El-Sayeh (a3), Michelle Middlemost (a4), Narinder Pal (a4) and Lucy Williamson (a4)...
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