IBF President's Newsletter

June 2017


A short three months to go: Three months until our next International Balint Congress in Oxford, England! The Congress runs from 6-10 September. Please click here to learn more details and register.

After that quick look ahead, I want to update you on our recent Council meeting in Serbia, my subsequent visit to the 7th Beijing International Balint Conference, and other news.

Belgrade Council Meeting

Serbian hospitality: Attendees enjoyed a warm and welcoming reception by the Serbian Balint Society at their National Meeting. Past President Henry Jablonski gave the opening plenary talk (click here to download), after we were welcomed by Rosa Sapic, President of the Serbian Balint Society. We enjoyed a very meaningful two and a half days of small and large group sessions, including our Council Meeting (click here to download the draft minutes).

At our Council meeting highlights included:
  • News of very positive developments toward the formation of a Brazilian society. Vice President Jorge Brandao was able to be present for WONCA and is closely involved along with Alice Polomeni, who is a member of the French society, but originally from Brazil.
  • Treasurer Mark Budow reported on our 2016 accounts, as per our Statutes. We ended the year with a loss of 945 euros after accounting for a profitable Warsaw Leadership Conference. The auditors/revisors report was read as well, and approved by Council. Finally our budget for 2017 was presented and approved, anticipating a loss of about 2000 euros, which is a result of our efforts to spend our assets to promote Balint work worldwide.
  • Re-elections of the Board and a new auditor, Jean-Daniel Gradeler were approved as well.
  • Don reported on a very successful Ascona prize competition with 49 entries from around the world. The top three winners are from Australia, Israel and the US. They will read their essays and receive their awards at the Congress in Oxford in September. The Board has again approved the use of IBF funds in partnership with the Foundation for Social and Psychomatic Medicine to support the publication of a book with the top essays. It will be available for purchase in Oxford.

France to host Council meeting

The Société Médicale Balint France has been chosen to host the IBF Council meeting in the first half of 2018 in the city of Reims, 25-27 May, 2018. Reims is in the heart of the Champagne district, and certain to be a popular destination. Affordable accommodations are to be available, similar to those at the Metz Congress. More details to come!

Remembering Friends

With sadness: I have to report on the loss of two IBF colleagues. Louis Velluet passed away last month. Louis was a leader in the SMB (French Balint Society) and present at nearly every IBF Congress and Council meeting I can recall since I began attending IBF meetings. Although he often apologized for his English, he was very present and his comments were always full of insight and wisdom. Louis will be greatly missed.
Ann Sinclair was a more recent attendee at IBF meetings, attending both Congresses and Leadership Conferences. She was an important leader in the American Balint Society, having held offices of Secretary and President, as well as Intensives Coordinator. Ann was a good friend and wise council for many of us. She had a gentle, but strong spirit and was a valued trainer at many ABS Leadership Intensives. We will miss Ann terribly.

National Society Report Summary

Thanks to Vice President Michèle Paree: we again have a very good summary of the National Society Reports. Highlights include notable vitality in eastern European countries, countries helping each other across borders, diversity with openings to diverse professions including non caregivers. I encourage you to download the summary, and read all of it. It's only a bit longer than a page, but provides a fascinating snapshot of what is going on across the IBF in our individual societies. Thank you Michèle! (click here to download the summary)


The Board welcomes your feedback: Please let us know how we are doing! Is this newsletter helpful? Do you have questions about the IBF? How can we serve your Society better?

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Best wishes to all of you, and every success in our common task of equipping doctors to better care for their patients!
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