A Weekend of Balint Group Work

Christchurch 13 - 14 April 2024

With convener John Barton, and leaders Jayne Hubble, Louise de Lambert, Hamish Wilson and Andrew Gresham.

Following our successful Balint weekends in New Zealand over the last nine years, we are now offering another weekend of Balint group work, this time in Christchurch.

This is a call for expressions of interest. The workshop will be limited to 18 people. We hope to have a range of participants, both new to and experienced with Balint group work, medical and other health practitioners, from Christchurch and from further afield.

We envisage an enjoyable and productive weekend, meeting from about 12.30pm to 6.30pm Saturday and 9am to 12.30pm on the Sunday. Much of the time will be spent in one of the two Balint groups, with a variety of health professionals. The workshop also offers the opportunity to meet others involved in Balint group work.

Balint groups offer a form of reflective practice in which clinicians meet to present cases and reflect on the nature of working relationships and problems to help better understand and respond to challenges and difficulties. The purpose of these groups is to help clinicians:

• Recognise they are not alone in having challenging interactions with patients/clients

• Develop increased understanding and empathy

• Explore how feelings and thoughts, sometimes out of awareness, affect the clinical

• Expand confidence and competence in their work.

Cost: $300.00
- Morning and afternoon teas will be supplied, with dinner at a restaurant on Saturday night
(dinner not included in the cost).

To register your interest or for more information please email John Barton at jbarton672@gmail.com

Click here to find out more about the Balint group approach to clinical and professional development  

About the Leaders

Louise de Lambert

Louise de Lambert works part time as a psychotherapist, supervisor and Balint group leader. Her past experience includes many years at the Cassel Hospital (London) after a year at Ashburn Hall in Dunedin. Her qualifications are in Psychiatric Nursing and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Jayne Hubble

 is a psychotherapist of 30 years, currently working mainly with individuals and also providing supervision. She is involved in supervision and teaching of psychotherapy with psychiatric registrars.

John Barton

 is a retired GP and semi-retired psychotherapist in Christchurch.

Hamish Wilson

is a GP in Dunedin who has also taught at the medical school for many years.

Andrew Gresham

is a Jungian psychoanalyst and psychotherapist working in private practice in Christchurch. In a past life he worked closely with general practices in central London, where his interest in the psychological aspects of care developed.

All leaders are accredited Balint Leaders and/or Leader Trainers with the BSANZ.