Integrated Casuistry

During average case discussions, especially regarding physical illness, often classical case work is forced to the background by technical casuistry. In the case of the Balint technique, the psychological and the doctor-patient relationship receives a big focus, consequently the diagnostic and therapeutic questions are pushed relatively to the background. The modern bio-psycho-social perspective, on the other hand, requires an integrated practice, in which the connected factors, the psycho-social background, as well as concrete diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas receive a special focus.

Our technique derived from integrated medicine (integrated medicina), which consciously attempts to integrate biological, psychological, and societal factors. The technique is a further developed variation of the Balint group, in which modern healing techniques receive a bigger role. The participant’s “personality change” (M. Balint) is rather in the background. The integrated group procedure places the emphasis on the integrative approach of multiconditional content (illness, environment, diagnostics, patient behavior, healing practice, healing environment, healer cooperation and competency, sciences). The holistic approach is a fundemental basic building block, which regulate biological, and psychological systems while maintaining a central focus on the balance between the two.

The other central concept of the approach is “Passung” (Uexküll), or the “common reality” shared between the client and the assistant/helper/aid, which in today`s terms is called the doctor-patient-adherence reality.

The associative work mode and the group dynamics are also crucial parts to the technique, but partially in a more structured format than in the Balint group. The „psychological laboratory” nature is a decisive part here too, in that the members of the group are participants of the procedures in a predetermined functional plan. The technique contains a number of elements from training techniques (aquarium technique, reflective group, etc.), and is led by a moderator.
Dr. Harrach Andor

The goals of our Society

 The primary goal of the association is the popularization of the psychosomatic approach, as well as research, development, and the utilization of the technique within the doctor-patient, as well as therapist-patient relationship in the spirit of Michael Balint. For this end the association practices on a theoretical and a practical level, including leadership trainings, education, and research tasks. The association provides certificates for those in training, publishes texts, organizes professional meetings, takes a stance on questions within the profession, and provides expert opinions. Furthermore the association maintains contact with similar domestic and international organizations. The association considers itself the successor of the MAOTE (originally started by Pál Juhász and Piroska Király under the name Psychosomatic workgroup).

The organization supports and popularizes the use of the Balint-group, as a case-discussion technique, within Hungary. It organizes group-leader trainings, as well as keeps contact with the International Balint Federation (which we are a member of), as well as other international organizations.

Our Balint approach

In the past years the technique has not only been used in the different areas of health care, but also in any area where the client-aid-relationship is an important dimension of the profession. For example in education, consulting, social work, hospice care and elderly care, law, human resources. Partly due to scientific development, the theoretical concept has expanded in the fields of group dynamics, training techniques, and systems’ theory. In the case of longer group-work, the participants go through a lengthier professional self discovery and personal development. This is the basis of one of the most important indications of Balint-group: to prevent burn-out in all of the above mentioned areas.

Our organization represents move to deepen psychosomatic perspectives in health studies and connected areas. Our goal, among others, is the collection of psychosomatic experts and institutions in order to create a network and database. Every health area has its own psychosomatic and social side. The realization, recognition, and adaptation of these perspectives are requirements of a modern society.

The organization takes part in and holds regular conferences regarding a variety of health fields, and attempts to spread the spiritual and social approaches, while bringing to attention the details of the human dimension. We provide writings to help introduce the importance of our themes. We want to encourage the realization that in addition to the biological method, curing with a psychological approach and paying attention to the doctor’s psyche are important parts of health care. In other areas of health care, such as nursing, the evolution of this realization is maybe more advanced. The modern bio-psycho-social medicina is not only more efficient, more humane, but is also more affordable!

The History of our Organization— the Essence of the Balint method

 The Hungarian Michael Balint Society for Psyschosomatics was created in 1990. The predecessor of the organization had been in existence since the end of the 1960s, when Pál Juhász founded the psychosomatic work group at the Budapest Psychiatric Clinic. The goal of the workgroup was supervisory psychotherapy and case discussions utilizing the Balint technique; however, due to political reasons the name officially could not be emphasized.


Hungarian Michael Balint Society for Psychosomatics
Address: 1089 Budapest Nagyvárad square 4. 20th floor
E-mail: balinttarsasag@gmail.com
Tax number: 19664826-1-42
Bank account: OTP Bank 11786001-20060738
IBAN: HU57 1178 6001 2006 0738 0000 0000



for the 6th Balint Group Weekend of the Hungarian Michael Balint Society for Psychosomatics

3-5 June 2016

 All programmes are either English or Translated

 Opening Lecture: Ceri Dornan, UK

Site: Regina Mundi Cloister, Érd, Tárnoki út 11, Hungary

Further information and registration via email: balinttarsasag@gmail.com

Physicians, nurses, teachers, pastors, social workers are all warmly welcome to our Balint groups. According to our approach, a ‘case’ is any relationship where you are professionally responsible for the other.

Our programme includes large groups, dramatical Balint groups and a new version, namely Integrative Casuistry, which combines Balint method and traditional case-reporting.

Methodical large groups will be held on the third day of the congress for participants interested in leadership.


03.06 Friday

13.00 -14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Registration

15.00-16.00 Opening and introduction

16.00-17.00 Opening lecture:  Ceri Dornan, GP, Secretary of the Balint Society UK:
How can Balint work contribute to everyday practice? A clinicians view.

17.00-17.15 Break

17.15-18.45 Large group

18.45-19.45 Dinner

19.45-21.00 Balint groups

21.00 Social

04.06. Saturday

7.00-7.30: Pilates (optional)

7.30-8.30 Breakfast

8.30-9.45 Balint groups

9.45-10.00 Break

10.00-11.15 Balint groups

11.15-11.30 Break

11.30-13.00 Assembly

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.15 Balint groups

15.15-15.30 Break

15.30-16.45 Balint groups

16.45-17.00 Break

17.00-18.30 Large groups

18.30-19.15 Discussion. Farewell for the two-day-programme participants.

19.15-20.00 Dinner

20.00-21.00 Discussion for group leaders

20.00 Social

05.06. Sunday

 7.00-7.30 Pilates (optional)

7.30-8.30 Breakfast

8.30 -10.00 Methodical large group

10.00-10.30 Break

10.30-12.00 Methodical large group

12.00-12.15 Break

12.15-13.00 Discussion

13.00- Lunch


Registration fee includes accommodation and three meals per day – all at the same site.

We offer to options: two-day-programme includes participating in all groups on Friday an Saturday, one night accommodation and three meals.

Three-day-programme includes participating all groups on Friday and Saturday, the methodical workshop on Sunday, two nights accommodation and six meals.

Registration fee:

Two-days-programme:  130 Euros
Three-days-programme: 180 Euros

We provide 50% reduced price for all colleagues from former socialist countries.

Extra fees:

Friday lunch: 10 Euros

Saturday dinner for two-days-programme participants: 10 Euros  (it is included in the three-days-programme registration fee)

One-bed room: 15 Euros/night

Registration fee should be transfered to Magyarországi Bálint Mihály Pszichoszomatikus Társaság IBAN HU57117860012006073800000000 until 31 May

or paid by cash on the congress’ site.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in case of any further questions (accessing the congress site, other social activities in Budapest or Hungary etc.): balinttarsasag@gmail.com

Contact person: Katalin Dobó, vice-president of the Hungarian Michael Balint Society for Psychosomatics