The Balints and their World: Object Relations and Beyond

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8 December, 2018 - 9 December, 2018

£50 – £130

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Michael Balint is an important figure in the story of contemporary psychoanalysis.

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A pioneering object relations theorist, his work went beyond object relations.

After emigrating to the UK in 1938, Michael Balint became one of the leading members of the Tavistock Clinic and president of the British Psycho-Analytical Society. His wife and collaborator, Aliz, died tragically young and Michael found another creative partner in Enid Balint, who also worked at the Tavistock Clinic. Their work on psychodynamic factors influencing the doctor-patient relationship is still hugely significant.

This major conference aims to reconsider the important work of the Balints together with the main protagonists in their world both in Hungary and in the UK. Themes include ‘the basic fault’, ‘primary love’, ‘thrills and regressions’ and ‘Balint groups’, Balint’s pioneering work with doctors. We consider the emergence of these ideas and techniques and reflect on their continuing importance for contemporary clinical practice.


Conference registration entitles you to a FREE TICKET for the musical evening to inaugurate the conference: The Balints and Their World: A Musical Celebration

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Organised by: Judit Szekacs (Imago International, BPAS) and Raluca Soreanu (Wellcome Trust, Birkbeck College)

Co-Organised by: Birkbeck University of London, Imago International, BPAS, Wellcome, and the UK Balint Society


8 December, 2018
9 December, 2018
£50 – £130
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