That sounds interesting. Are they new?
Yes and no. Make Headway have been successfully running groups of this type for the past 6 years. Peer discussion and supervision groups are common in many health-care professions and countries around the world. They have also been written about in the veterinary industry (Blum 2018, Moir and Van Den Brink 2019).
What about Balint work? I have heard that Make Headway does that.
You heard right! Balint group work is a form of reflective practice where we talk about the cases and interactions that trouble you, which come into your mind uninvited – maybe swirling around and causing stress and distress. You may have one sitting with you right now – a particular death or conversation or perhaps a complaint? Talking about these in a safe and non-judgmental place allows us to make sense of what happened and to be able to move forwards.
Cathy has been excited about Balint work for a few years now and worked with the Balint Society to become an accredited leader. Cathy is one of only two veterinarians world-wide (to the best of our knowledge) that is/has trained in Balint group facilitation – the other being in the US.
Want to find out more? Cathy collaborated with Renske van Den Brink in 2020 to write an article on the whys and wherefores of Balint group work in the veterinary world. Click here to read it.
Whilst Cathy is excited about the benefits of Balint work for our profession, it has been hard to establish an on-going group. If you would like to organise one for your workplace, or with up to 10 colleagues, please get in touch.