Teaching Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) to help midwives cope with traumatic clinical incidents

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:00 - 10:35

This talk and accompanying paper considers use of Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) to help midwives cope with traumatic clinical incidents. In this context, CMT is taught to cultivate compassion. The need to build midwives’ resilience is recognized by the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), who advocate that mental health coping strategies be embedded into midwifery curriculum. In this respect, CMT can be used as a resilience building method designed to help the midwife respond to self-criticism and threat-based emotions with compassion. The underpinnings of CMT involves understanding that people can develop cognitive biases or unhelpful thinking patterns co-driven by an interplay between genetics and the environment. Within this paper, the underpinning theory of CMT is outlined and how it can be used to balance the psychological threat, drive, and soothing systems. Overall, teaching CMT has potential to improve professional quality of life, reduce midwives’ sickness rates, and potential attrition from the profession.

Caroline J Hollins Martin, Professor of Maternal Health, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr Elaine Beaumont, Lecturer and Psychotherapist, University of Salford

Gavin Cullen, Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University