Balints Ideas

This micro skills course introduces Michael Balint, outlines his principal ideas and describes his innovative use of the case discussion group to help doctors understand the doctor-patient relationship.

Delivery Mode
Online - Self Paced
Course Duration
30-60 minutes
Course Type
Yes, on completion
Course Code
Content Provider
Royal College of General Practitioners

What will I learn?

  1. By the end of this session you will be able to:
  2. Describe the impact of Balint in the development of a person-centred model of general practice in the last 50 years
  3. Explain the meaning and relevance of the Balint aphorisms
  4. Describe how a Balint group functions and the desired outcomes for its members
  5. Describe how an awareness of Balint€™s ideas can contribute to a doctor€™s ability to deal with emotion and subjectivity in the consultation

Course provided in association with


  • This eLearning session is provided by the Content Providers listed above but it does not in any way constitute a qualification or accreditation from them.
  • Certificates provided at the end of each session are issued by Talisium under licence and cannot be used by students to seek membership, fellowship or any other form of recognition by the Content Provider.
  • This micro skills course may contain references to UK laws, regulations, policies and practice guidelines.
  • You should apply the lessons within the context of your local environment.
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