The International ‘Balint’ Award for students, instituted by the Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine in honor of Michael and Enid
Balint, has been a rising opportunity for Romanian medical and psychology students to achieve international fame. Romanian students have been among the winners
of this award for the last 10 years, in competition with students from Ivy League and other illustrious universities.
The ‘Ascona model’ case presentation debates the psychological side of a medical case, while keeping in focus the diagnostic, pathology and
treatment issues. This article focuses on explaining this type of case presentation in correlation with one of the papers submitted in the contest that has
received this award in the 15th International Balint Congress.
The exposed case is that of a 17–year–old boy presenting with apparent stupor encountered by an emergency mobile unit. The patient was suspected
of substance abuse and overdose but these suspicions were denied by the clinical exam. Further encounters led to the conclusion that both the boy and his whole
family needed psychotherapy counseling and were referred there with great success.