Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies


Emergency Psychiatric Patients - Balint Approach
01 Jun 2009 - 05 Jun 2009
Course directors:
Sanja Blazenković-Milaković, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Benyamin Maoz, University of Israel, Israel
Marie-Anne Puel, University of Paris, France
Stanka Stojanovic-Spehar, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Heather Suckling, University of London, United Kingdom
Course description:

Care for patients in situations involving emergency psychiatry is complex. Professionals are usually under a high risk of violence due to the mental state of their patients. A physicians ability to identify and intervene with these and other medical conditions is crucial. As with any medical emergency, a mental health emergency can be life threatening. Balint group is a source of trainning and achiving skills in assessment and resolving psychological problems of patients and preventing burnout of physicians. As an international School, it offers possibillities to exchange worlwide experiences on these topcis with purpose to improve care for patients and psyhological self-protection of physicians.

Resource Persons and Participants

Because of the essential nature of the course it will be apparent that all those attending are in a real sense the resource persons. This invitation to participate is addressed to all individuals who are or would like to be actively involved in Balint group education. There will be time each morning for 1 or 2 short papers (presentations lasting for not more than 10-15 minutes followed by discussion.) Audiovisual equipment will be available. Please contact the organisers if you wish to present a short paper.

General Information

The course is designed as postgraduate level, it runs over one week with scheduled morning and afternoon sessions.

Venue: the Inter University Centre, Don Frana Bulica 4, 20000 Dubrovnik tel: 385 (0)20 41 36 26

Language: the working language is English.

The educational activities begin promptly at 09.00 on Monday 1st June.

Each day will start with the presentation of a short paper by one of the participants after which there will be small group work (Balint groups.)There will be free time to explore Dubrovnik. There are many activities to enjoy in Dubrovnik in the evenings with some excellent concerts.

Those interested in taking the course are requested to complete an application form that can be obtained from - MSc Stanka Stojanovic-Spehar,MD, Secretary of Croatian Balint Association.

The IUC will issue a Certificate of Attendance.

For further information please write to:

The School Course Director is Sanja Blaeković-Milaković, Andrija tampar School of Public Health, Medical School University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Rockefellerova 4, Croatia,

phone +385 1 4590 100.



MSc Stanka Stojanovic-Spehar,MD, Secretary of Croatian Balint Association.

Dragutina Golika 34a, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia