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Heightening levels of compassion towards self and others through use of compassionate mind training

Beaumont, EA and Hollins Martin, CJ 2016, 'Heightening levels of compassion towards self and others through use of compassionate mind training' , British Journal of Midwifery . (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Continued absence of strategies that promote self-care puts midwives at risk of experiencing symptoms of stress, empathic distress fatigue, burnout, and compassion fatigue, which can all impact on the performance of midwives and the level of compassion they show to others. Objective: The objective of this paper is to outline a possible education strategy for student midwives that has the potential to impact upon the level of compassion that the individual can show both to themselves and others in times of suffering. Suggested Approach: Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) has been found to be beneficial in clinical populations with individuals who report symptoms of primary trauma, low levels of self-compassion, and who are self-critical. Student midwives bear witness to the traumas of others, which makes considering an intervention to help student midwives who may experience symptoms of secondary trauma, self-criticism, or low levels of self-compassion whilst in training important. Conclusion: Incorporating CMT into undergraduate midwifery degree programmes may help student midwives become sensitive to their own suffering, and could potentially help them cope with emotional demands, placement anxieties and organisational pressures.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0969-4900
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: EA Beaumont
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 13:40
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 13:40
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40268

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