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Reading Balint group work through Lacan’s theory of the four discourses

(2017) HEALTH. 21(4). p.441-458
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In Balint groups (BGs), (para)medical professionals explore difficult interactions with patients by means of case presentations and discussions. As the process of BG work is not well understood, this article investigates BG meetings by making use of Lacan’s theory of the four discourses. Five BG case presentations and their subsequent group discussion were studied, resulting in the observation of five crucial aspects of BG work. First, BG participants brought puzzlement to the group, which is indicative of the structural impossibility Lacan situates at the basis of all discourse (1). As for the group discussion, we emphasize ‘hysterisation’ as a crucial process in BG work (2), the supporting role of the discourse of the analyst (3) and the centrality of discourse interactions (4). Finally, the potential transformation of the initial puzzlement is discussed (5). We conclude by putting forth the uniqueness of BG work as well as the potential usefulness of our analysis as a framework for BG leaders and professionals in charge of continuing medical education.
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Balint group – discourse – Lacan – psychoanalysis – qualitative research

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Van Roy, Kaatje, Anne Marché-Paillé, Filip Geerardyn, and Stijn Vanheule. 2017. “Reading Balint Group Work Through Lacan’s Theory of the Four Discourses.” Ed. Michael Traynor. Health 21 (4): 441–458.
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Van Roy, Kaatje, Marché-Paillé, A., Geerardyn, F., & Vanheule, S. (2017). Reading Balint group work through Lacan’s theory of the four discourses. (M. Traynor, Ed.)HEALTH, 21(4), 441–458.
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Van Roy K, Marché-Paillé A, Geerardyn F, Vanheule S. Reading Balint group work through Lacan’s theory of the four discourses. Traynor M, editor. HEALTH. 2017;21(4):441–58.
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Van Roy, Kaatje, Anne Marché-Paillé, Filip Geerardyn, et al. “Reading Balint Group Work Through Lacan’s Theory of the Four Discourses.” Ed. Michael Traynor. HEALTH 21.4 (2017): 441–458. Print.
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  author       = {Van Roy, Kaatje and March{\'e}-Paill{\'e}, Anne and Geerardyn, Filip and Vanheule, Stijn},
  editor       = {Traynor, Michael},
  issn         = {1363-4593},
  journal      = {HEALTH},
  keyword      = {Balint group -- discourse -- Lacan -- psychoanalysis -- qualitative research},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {441--458},
  title        = {Reading Balint group work through Lacan{\textquoteright}s theory of the four discourses},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459315628041},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2017},
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