Case-based reflective practice group
An online monthly Balint Group for doctors, psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors especially for practitioners in an isolated or remote practice.
Starting Thursday 11 July, 2019; 4.00-5.30pm AEST (5.00-6.30pm AEDT)
Are you looking for a safe confidential environment to explore troubling clinical relationships? A Balint group can provide this experience.
In an exciting new initiative we are offering health practitioners, especially in remote areas or isolated practices, the opportunity to join an online Balint group.
Why a Reflective Practice Group?
Current psychotherapy research and clinical experience show us that the efficacy of any treatment relies largely on the quality of the therapeutic relationship. However we may feel confused and even disarmed in understanding what is going on in the experience with our patient or client and how to be with it.
A case-based reflective practice group process supports growth in our emotional understanding of our clients, ourselves as mental health professionals, and of what is occurring between us. It enhances our competence in working therapeutically within the relationship that has developed with our client.
What is a Balint Group?
It is a small experiential, educational group in which participants meet to discuss difficult and intriguing cases. The focus of the group is on the emotional aspects of the case, particularly the client-practitioner relationship. The group is co-led by two psychoanalytic psychotherapists who are accredited Balint leaders.
The group is a form of peer supervision, though not intended to encompass full clinical case supervision. It is not for personal therapy.
For more information on Balint Groups visit www.balintaustralianewzealand.org
This is a new group
It will meet on a Thursday afternoon/evening by Zoom video conferencing software.
You will receive an email prior to the meeting with instructions on how to download the free connection software. This is an easy task. Then before each meeting all you need do is click on the link that will be sent in an email to join that meeting. The software is reliable and allows for all participants to be seen on screen at once.
Participants Health professionals such as GPs, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, psychotherapists and counsellors:
- who are currently involved in clinical work or casework;
- whose practice is either isolated or in a remote area;
- who meet professionally with emotionally difficult situations, relationships or interactions;
- who work with trauma and complex trauma;
- who would value a supportive and safe setting in which to explore and reflect on what is happening in their work without judgment, and
- who are interested in developing their reflective practice skills.
The benefits of a Balint Group are:
- feeling your work is less stressful and more interesting;
- feeling professionally validated and supported;
- hearing different perspectives on a case;
- becoming attuned to your own ‘gut feelings’;
- gaining confidence in using your feelings to contribute to an assessment;
- discovering a deeper understanding about the therapist and patient/client relationship, and about the patient/client as a person;
- rediscovering the human side of your work;
- developing a reflective way of thinking.
The greatest benefit of Balint work comes from being in an ongoing group.
- 11 July
- 8 August
- 5 September
- 10 October
- 14 November
- 12 December
Cost: $420 (incl. $19 GST) for the half year, payable in advance
Leaders: Kerrie Collings-Silvey and Hilary Ash have trained in Balint leadership with the Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand. Kerrie has also trained with the American Balint Society. We value the benefits of Balint Group work in fostering and developing the quality of clinical practice and casework, as well as for the prevention of burn out.
Kerrie Collings-Silvey BA, Grad Dip Psych (UQ), FAPS, CCounP, PPAA, BSANZ Accred. is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist in private practice with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has worked in child and adolescent community psychiatry, in-patient adolescent psychiatry, a child abuse treatment centre, a university counselling service, and refugee mental health. Practice Address: Suite 81, Silverton Place, 101 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane QLD 4000
Hilary Ash BA, BSocWk (MU), M Group Analytic Studies (Monash), MAASW, NTV (Life Member), BSANZ Accred. is a Psychotherapist, Relationship Counsellor, Professional Supervisor and Mental Health Social Worker in private practice, with over 40 years experience. Her work experience has included vocational rehabilitation, couples counselling, and male family violence prevention and counsellor training. Practice Address: Seymour Rd, Elsternwick, Vic 3185
Bookings/Enquiries: Please contact Kerrie or Hilary if you are interested and would like to find out more information.
Mobile: 0422 528 258 Mobile: 0414 856 523