President's Newsletter

May 2015

Dear Balint friends and colleagues:

Once more we are rapidly approaching our biannual Congress in Metz. Plans have been progressing with selection of an outstanding group of papers and posters, an enriching social program and once again outstanding student essays presented in partnership between the IBF and the Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine (Ascona). Early registration is still open, but will close in just 3 weeks! More information below.

Enjoy reading the news items below, and I hope to see many of you in Metz in September!



Spring in Scania: We enjoyed a mix of springtime Scania weather and warm hospitality from Stefan Balint, Henry Jablonski and the Swedish Balint Society at the end of April. There was a well attended leaders meeting on Friday, April 24 followed by a larger meeting and Council meeting on Saturday and Sunday. The Balint groups were excellent as were the two scientific presentations: On Attachment and Doctors' Functioning by Jacob Engellau and Counteracting Abuse in Healthcare by Anka Zibikowski.

A special thanks to the organizing committee for a wonderful meeting!

Register for Metz!

Early registration closes 14 June: Where else can you get over 4 days of immersion in the international milieu of Balint work in the picturesque setting of Lorraine by Dr. Jean-Daniel Gradeler and our French Balint Society colleagues? Answer: Nowhere but Metz!

From 5-9 September you will not only find an excellent Balint Congress in Metz, you will also find a historic city that was already with a population of 40,000 during Roman times. Outings are planned to explore Metz and the surrounding area.

So what are you waiting for? Click over to the Congress website now:! After 14 June registration goes up by 50 euros!

Reading Michael Balint - A Pragmatic Clinician

New book published: Our colleague Helene Oppenheim-Gluckman has just published this new book, which is available through Amazon. Newly translated into English with support from the IBF, From Amazon: 
  • Reading Michael Balint presents a clear overview of the main tenets of his work. It provides a fresh perspective on Balint’s contribution and its importance for modern object relations theory and practice and brief psychotherapy. It will be an invaluable resource for psychoanalysts, psychoanalytic psychotherapists, counsellors and trainee psychoanalysts and doctors.
Click here to link to the listing on Amazon!

Lund Council meeting

Election results and more: Our Council meeting in Lund represented our first in-person Council meeting since Newcastle in June 2014.  Not surprisingly, we had a very full agenda including one late addition which will be carried over to Metz.  

Highlights of the Council meeting included announcement of the election results for the Board and Auditors who will begin their 2 year term at the General Assembly in Metz:

President: Don Nease (re-elected)
Vice Presidents: Jorge Brandao and Michele Paree (new)
General Secretary: Paul Sackin (re-elected)
Treasurer: Mark Budow (re-elected)
Auditors: Pia Soderberg (new) and Janet Walker

The Leadership Task Force chair, Andrew Elder, reported on the Task Force meeting in January in Israel. The Task Force is looking to extend its work beyond planning for its biannual conference. Download the full report off the IBF website, click here. The Board announced its appointment of Mary Wassink from the USA to replace Heide Otten, who is rotating off.

A late addition to the agenda was a proposal by Board to share the costs of underwriting a new book of Ascona Prize student essays. This resulted in much discussion which could not be resolved, and therefore this will be brought back for discussion with a full proposal at the Metz General Assembly.

You may download the full draft minutes, reports from national societies, our 2014 accounts summary and approved 2015 budget by clicking on the appropriate links. 

Looking for Balint literature?

New repository of Balint related literature: Where can you find references to papers, books and other works about or related to Balint work? A new public group has been created on the free reference manager site,  You can browse the collection, find links to source documents, and even contribute to the list.
Browse the repository by clicking here: Balint Group Literature
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