The 9th Balint Group Weekend of Hungarian Michael Balint Association for Psychosomatics 

8-10th May, 2020.

„Psychosomatics of the healing relationship”

Location: Regina Mundi Cloister, 2030 Érd, Tárnoki út 11. 

The town Érd is to the southwest of Budapest 20 minutes away. 

Dear Balintian Friends from all over the world warmly invited: 
visit the home country of Michael Balint, and experience 
how does the group at the ’Budapest school’ go on! 

All programs are either in English or dubbed. 

The Weekend Programme offers: four Balint Groups, one Large Group, and a methodological workshop focused on leadership training with ​Esti Rimmelon Sunday. 

NOTE:​ Taking part in Balint Groups means commitment to Friday and Saturday and to that specific group you will be assigned to. Taking part of the leadership training programme on Sunday is optional, is recommended for group leaders. 

You can apply for the weekend by filling the APPLICATION FORM here​. 

It is also available on ​our Society website​ as well as detailed information. 


FRIDAY, May 08 

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch (optional, please indicate on the registration form!) 
13.00 – 14.00 Check-in, registration 
14.00 – 14.45 Opening: Katalin Dobó, President of the Hungarian Balint Society, 
15.15 – 16.00 Lecture: ​István Ormay 
What makes a doctor ill? Psychosomatics of the healing relationship 
16.30 – 18.00 Small Balint Group I. 
18.15 – 19.00 Dinner 
19.00 – 20.00 Freetime, meanwhile group leaders meeting 

20.00 – Surprise evening programme 


7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast 
8.30 – 10.00 Small Group II. 
10.00 – 10.30 Break 
10.30 – 12.00 Small Group III. 
12.15 – 13.00 Lunch 
13.00 – 13.30 Freetime, optional supervision 
13.30 – 15.00 Small Group IV. 
15.00 – 15.30 Break 
15.30 – 17:00 Large Group 
17.00 – 17.30 Break 
17.30 – 18.30 Experiences, feedback – discussion 

18.30 – Barbecue dinner, needs preparation. Meanwhile: leadership group meeting 

SUNDAY, May 10 Methodological day focused on leadership training 

7.30 – 8.30 Breakfast 
9.00 – 12.00 Leadership training programme with guest Esti Rimmel: psychoanalyst, Balint 
Group leader, member of IBF Task Force 
TOPICS: Psychoanalytic foundations and roots of the Balint Groups 
Psychosomatic work in Balint groups 

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch, Farewell 

Registration fees and informations 

We need to announce the closest approximate number of people to the site by the end of April, so everyone is welcome to apply as early as possible! 

You can participate without an accommodation. In this case the application fee includes the programme, the group room rental fees and the meals. 

IMPORTANT: Registration becomes valid only by paying the registration fee by transfer, and filling the application form! 
FEES Early bird until 10th of April Payment after 10th of April Without accomodation
Friday-Saturday         75 EU 90 EU -6 EU
Friday-Saturday-Sunday       105  EU 120  EU -12 EU


Transfer to: Magyarországi Bálint Mihály Társaság 
Bank: OTP BANK NYRT. BUDAPEST 1061. Andrássy út 6. 
IBAN: HU57 1178 6001 2006 0738 0000 0000 


Please enter the applicant’s name to the ’comment’ section at transfer. 

The 2 day-price includes: 
Professional programs, 3 meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch), group room rental fees and Friday night lodging in 2 or 3 bed rooms. (There is a limited number of single rooms available at a surcharge of 12 EUR / night as this limits the number of guests that can be accommodated.) 

If you plan to attend the Saturday evening barbecue grill dinner, it is an extra 6 EUR (possible to pay on the spot in cash). 

The 3 day total price includes: 

Professional programs, 6 meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch, barbecue dinner, Sunday breakfast, lunch), group room rental fees and Friday and Saturday nights’ lodging in 2 or 3 bed rooms. (Limited number of single rooms available at a surcharge of 12 EUR / night as this limits the number of guests that can be accommodated). 


By car or by train: trains departs from Déli pályaudvar, Budapest (South Railway Station, on the underground line Red M2) towards ‘Érd alsó’ stop​ at 10 and 40 minutes in every hour, and the journey time is cca. 15 minutes. Our team can pick you up at the train stop Érd alsó, if you prefer that. Please let us know in advance if you want to use this free service, or if you have any other wish. 


If you have any questions, please contact ​balinttarsasag@gmail.com​. 

The Hungarian Balint Society is looking forward to welcoming you! 

In the name of the Board of the Hungarian Balint Society and the Organizing Committee Katalin Dobó MD, President of the Hungarian Balint Society





’Our Balintian Roots and Routes’

Balint Group Weekend and IBF Council Meeting
in the Homeland of Michael Balint
31 May – 02 June 2019

Dear Balintian Friends from all over the world are warmly invited!
All programs are either in English or dubbed.

Visit the hometown of Michael Balint!

Location: Panorama Medical Center (PMC)
1025 Budapest, district II, Páfrány út 23/b.

The Weekend Programme offers: Balint groups, a fishbowl large group, the IBF Council meeting, a commemoration at the memorial tablet of Michael Balint in the Castle District, where Michael and Alice Balint had been living and working in the Psychoanalytic Clinic founded by Sandor Ferenczi, before they went to England. A sightseeing boat cruise on the Danube and a Saturday dinner at ‘400’ Restaurant are recommended options also.

NOTE: Taking part of Balint Groups means commitment to the whole weekend and that specific group you will be assigned to.

Registration fees and options

  • For IBF members 80 EUR (early bird), 110 EUR paid after 1st of April
  • Not IBF members 95 EUR (early bird), 125 EUR paid after 1st of April
  • Sightseeing tour +12 EUR (one hour boat cruise on the Danube on Saturday)
  • Saturday dinner +10 EUR (includes one drink and a main course)
    NOTE: Extra meals, desserts, drinkscan be ordered at Your own expense!
  • Accompanying attendees 42 EUR (includes Friday dinner and party, Saturday boat trip and dinner at ‘400 bar’)

The fee includes: conference professional program (incl. Balint groups), coffee breaks, Friday dinner and welcome party, Saturday lunch.  Sightseeing and Saturday dinner are optional!

You can apply to the conference by filling the application form here.

It is also available from our Society website as further detailed information

IMPORTANT: Registration becomes valid only by paying the registration fee by transfer!
Transfer to: Magyarországi Bálint Mihály Társaság
Bank: OTP BANK NYRT. BUDAPEST 1061. Andrássy út 6.
IBAN: HU57 1178 6001 2006 0738 0000 0000
Please add your name and birth as a note


FRIDAY, May 31

14:00 – 15:30 Registration, showing around in the PMC – meanwhile coffee break
15:30 – 15:50  Welcome speech, Opening of the weekend
15:50 – 16:10  Andras Spanyik MD, director:  Introduction of the Panorama Medical Center –
How does a psychosomatic outpatient clinic work?
16:10 – 16:40 Lecture: Professor Marta Csabai PhD (Institute of Psychology, University of
Szeged):  From psychoanalytic roots to integrated care. Balint groups in the
psychosomatic tradition.
16:40 – 17:00  Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30 Balint Groups I
18:30 –   Evening welcome party: music, singing, dancing, Hungarian wines!


09:00 – 10:30 Balint Groups II
10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30  Balint Groups III
12:30 – 13:30  Lunch break
13:50 – 16:00  IBF Council meeting (open access)
16:00              Leaving the PMC, followed by only optional programmes
17:00 – 17:30  Commemoration at the memorial tablet of Michael Balint
17:30 – 18:30  Walking to the port for the boat trip
18.30 – 19.30  Sightseeing by boat on the Danube (Jane Haining rakpart Dock 7)
20:00 –            Dinner (Restaurant ‘400’, Kazinczy utca 52. )

SUNDAY, June 2

09:00 – 10:30 Balint Groups IV
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Large Balint Group
12:30 – 13:30 Closure of the Weekend, Feedback


The conference fee does not include the accommodation!

As the meeting will be held in Budapest’s high season, we recommend you to make a provisional non-refundable hotel booking now! Two (of many) possibilities are:

  • Hotel Danubius Flamenco, it is on the tram line 61 and about 40 minutes from the Panorama MC,
  • Hotel Danubius Budapest, which is only 15-20 minutes away from PMC with tram lines 61 and 56. It is also near to a public transport interchange Széll Kálmán tér

About Panorama Medical Center

The location fits the theme. The Panorama Medical Center Outpatient Clinic embodies a private psychosomatic approach. http://www.panoramamed.hu/international-patient.html

How can you get there? Panorama is in the district II, Buda. From Déli railway station tram lines 56 and 61 drives to the PMC (‘Vadaskerti utca’ station). These trams also stop at Széll Kálmán square, which is a public transport hub, here you can change metro line M2 as well. Detailed transport information will be available on our Balint Society website.

If You have any questions, please, contact us via e-mail: budapestbalint2019@gmail.com

We all hope to see You soon!

In the name of the Board of the Hungarian Balint Society
Katalin Dobó MD
President of the Hungarian Balint Society


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

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