Balint Group Workshop

Led by Dr. Jonathan Seigel

Saturday Morning 27 February 2016

10.00 - 12.30 pm

“Perhaps the essence of Balint Groups has always been to share experiences and enable people to observe and rethink aspects of their relationship with patients and their work …” Enid Balint (1992)

Dr. Michael Balint, a psychoanalyst at the Tavistock Clinic, was the initiator of group work which now takes its name from him.  The goal of these groups is to nurture a better therapeutic alliance between clinician and patient.  While Balint Groups were originally focused on medical practitioners, they are now used as a supervision space by health workers and social workers, as well as doctors.  These groups provide support and improve communication with patients and other professionals.  Dr. Jonathen Seigel will be running this workshop in which he will provide information and background to Balint Group work, as well as an opportunity to participate in, or to observe, an experiential group.

This event will be of interest to people already involved in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic work, and to anyone who might like to become involved in such a multidisciplinary group either as a participant or, in the future, as a trained Balint Group leader.  This event is sponsored by the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy and is part of an ongoing endeavour to reach out into the wider community.

Dr. Jonathan (‘Shake’) Seigel, a retired GP, is a medical educator who has been involved in GP training and programme directing for many years.  He is a retired Associate Professor of the Graduate Entry Medicine course.  He has been active in Balint Group work for over 30 years in the UK and abroad and has experience in running groups for GPs, trainees, students and mixed healthcare professionals.  He is a member of a long-standing GP Balint Group and currently leads Balint Groups in a number of locations in the West Midlands.  Dr. Seigel is a current member of the Balint Society Council in which he takes a lead role in leadership training.


Edgbaston Quaker Meeting House
St. James Road, Edgbaston, B15 1JP

On-street parking nearby


This event is free for WMIP Members and visitors. Please book your place by contacting the WMIP Administrator by email or
telephone 0121 455 7888.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Course flyer (pdf) >>

Jonathan Seigel

The West Midlands’ leading professional and training organisation for psychoanalytical and Jungian analytical psychotherapies.