The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion offers Live Online MSC (LOMSC). LOMSC has the same content as MSC programs offered in a classroom and is taught live by a certified MSC teacher. LOMSC is ideal for those people who do not have access to MSC in their area, who have commitments or mobility issues that make it difficult to leave home to do a course, or who have already done MSC and would like a refresher.
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Classes are small to allow plenty of time with the teacher, and so that everyone in the group has an opportunity to feel seen and heard throughout the course. There are usually around 25 participants at a live session.
LOMSC offers around 95% of the material from the MSC program developed by Chris Germer and Kristin Neff. The course is run weekly for 10 consecutive weeks (there may be a break for a week, here and there, to accommodate holidays and teacher availability).
MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. Although MSC offers conceptual learning it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical.
MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.
Participants will be invited to view reading material and informational videos before each class so that our precious class time can be saved for meditations, exercises and group sharing. Classes are 2 hours long, however one session will be a 3-hour online retreat.
Please Note: LOMSC is offered for those over the age of 20, without exception. We strongly recommend that individuals younger than 20 seek out the teen version of MSC called “Making Friends With Yourself” in their area. For more information, consult the program’s page on this website. This program is not yet offered online, but teachers are being trained to offer it live all over the globe.
LOMSC’s home is an online Learning Management System called Power Schools Learning, and we use a web conferencing platform called Zoom. After you register, we will support you in gaining access to both these tools.
Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 23.0 hours of credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 23.0 contact hours may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if APA accreditation meets their requirements.
Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 27.5 contact hours.
Fees for CE hours: $75 (Submit when registering). *Must attend all classes live to receive credits. Only valid in United States.
There are no prerequisites for LOMSC, however, we will ask you to complete an application form so that we can start to get to know you.
Course registration fees will be refunded or transferred to future LOMSC dates if a cancellation occurs up to 2 weeks before a course begins. A 50% refund or the option to transfer to a future LOMSC will be offered if cancelling up to a week before a course begins. No refunds can be offered if cancelling later than a week before a course begins (except on compassionate grounds for extenuating circumstances). To process any refund there will be a fee charged by the system: $45 for general admission and developing countries and $25 for scholarships refunds. The refund will only be for tuition fees, and any miscellaneous expenses incurred related to this course will not be refunded.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Maria at Maria@centerformsc.org.
We hope to see you online soon, and we also hope that whatever your practice is, it leads to more mindfulness and more self-compassion in your day!
Please note: LOMSC does not routinely satisfy the training prerequisite for MSC Teacher Training. MSC is offered in-person which means that anyone wanting to teach MSC needs to have experienced it as a participant in the format that they will be teaching it (ie, in-person). However, in some very isolated cases where individuals have extenuating circumstances and significant mindfulness or compassion practice experience, the LOMSC program may be approved as meeting the Teacher Training pre-requisite of attending a live MSC course. Please fill in the Online MSC Exemption form if you feel that this circumstance may apply to you. CMSC is the only organization authorized to offer the MSC curriculum online. We strongly recommend that if you are interested in teaching the MSC curriculum you take the MSC course in person rather than online to get a felt sense of what it is like to teach in person. (Note: If this exemption is granted, you still must meet all the other pre-requisites as well.)
Natalie Bell is the Director of Live Online MSC. She is a Certified MSC Teacher and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. Natalie has been practicing mindful awareness and meditation since 1985 and is committed to living with compassionate awareness. She lived in an ashram for a year in 1989 dedicating herself to intensive practice of meditation and mindful movement practices. After studying neuropsychology she became a Physical Therapist, working for 17 years as a clinician, Director of Rehabilitation, and a clinical specialist for medical devices in rehabilitation.
Natalie is a certified mindfulness instructor for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) teaching Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) classes and workshops for UCLA and Teach For America. She teaches MSC at the new Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and at various healthcare organizations. Natalie had professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) with Jon Kabat Zinn and is also a teacher for eMindful. She is the Director of Corporate Programs at Unplug Meditation studio in L.A. Natalie believes deeply that through compassionate awareness we have the capacity for renewal, of body, mind, and spirit. For more information about Natalie, please visit her website, www.nataliebell.com.
Christine Grace McMulkin, MSW RSW, MSc is a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion and is grateful to join the LOMSC Faculty and to have been trained by the founders of the approach, Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. Christine is also a member of the Faculty of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto and teaches the full Mindful Self Compassion program through the Centre, as well as within her role as a Mental Health Counsellor within a Medical Centre Family Health Team. She is also a Trained Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Christine founded Christine Grace and Community in 2000 and her offerings include Mindfulness, Self Care and Self Compassion conversations and sessions. She is deeply invested in her own practice and has been engaged in meditation and mindfulness for many years. Christine has developed and delivered web-based courses and appreciates the ease of access that the online platform can offer. Christine delights in connecting with participants around the globe.
Helle Laursen is a Certified MSC Teacher, a Heartfulness meditation Trainer, and has a private practice in Silkeborg, Denmark, with 15 + years of experience in supporting people on sick leave due to mental health issues. For more than 20 years she has been a dedicated stuent of Heartfulness meditation and enjoys regular visits to Ashrams, to deepen her own practice and understanding.
After completing her M.A., she became a ICF certified coach, and had a position of Leading Mentor Coach in the largest Coch Training Institue in Denmark, for 10 + years, as well as holding a position of Head of Project for a regional based 12 week program for those of sick leave from jobs due to mental health issues like stress, depression and/or anxiety. In her private practice, she uses mindfulness and compassion based approaches, and specializes in caregivers, in building resilience in general, and in navigating in life transitions.
Helle works with varied groups, but primarily with social workers, teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses and other industries who work in and with relations to clients, citizens, students. She offers individual and corporate compassion programs, classes, workshops, retreats and hourly consultations.
Helle is committed to bringing compassionate awareness into everyday life, so that life can be even more enjoyable and rich and meaningful. For more information about Helle, please visit her website, nordic-compassion.dk.
Jamie Lynn Tatera is a certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. She is also an educator, author, mother, curriculum trainer, and founder of Wholly Mindful. Jamie Lynn’s family practice, classes and curriculum creatively integrate the science and practices of mindfulness, self-compassion and positive neuroplasticity training.
Jamie Lynn offers continuing education opportunities to educators, psychologists, doctors and other professionals. She teaches in a variety of settings ranging from kindergarten classrooms to college campuses. Jamie Lynn is forever growing both as a student and a teacher, and she delights in sharing the journey of self-compassion with others.
Dr. Caroline Hoffman OAM, PhD, RN, BSW grew up in Australia and holds a lifelong passion for living a happy and awakened life, starting her own practice of yoga and meditation in earnest in 1975 after a seriously illness. Caroline started practicing mindfulness in 1992 and trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts in 2004 and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in 2016. She became a certified MSC teacher early in 2019.
Caroline is Clinical and Research Director for the UK charity Breast Cancer Haven, and offers additional mindfulness training to individuals and corporates. She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Melbourne, is a registered intensive care nurse. She published her PhD research evaluating MBSR in women affected by breast cancer in The Journal of Clinical Oncology in 2012. In 2016, Caroline completed additional training courses in Mindfulness Approaches Teacher Supervision and supervises mindfulness teachers. Caroline has been a pioneer in practicing, teaching and researching integrative medicine since the late 1980s and is trained to a professional level in a number of complementary therapies including acupuncture. She has published extensively in peer reviewed journals. Caroline loves spending time in, on or by the sea or any other form of nature. She holds the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to breast cancer.
Martin Thomson-Jones first encountered loving-kindness meditation, one of the core elements of MSC, when he took the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2010, and from there he gradually found his way to Kristin Neff’s and Christopher Germer’s work. He took MSC from Chris and Kristin as a five-day intensive at Esalen, in California, in January 2013, and then took part in the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion’s first teacher-training course—led by Chris, Kristin, and Michelle Becker and Steven Hickman of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness—in Barre, Massachussetts in March 2014. He co-taught the five-day intensive version of MSC with Kristy Arbon in St. Louis in August 2014, and has been teaching the eight-week version in Oberlin and the Cleveland area since then. In 2017 he co-taught, with Joel Grow, the first run of the full MSC course for men, live and online.
He is Professor of Philosophy at Oberlin College, and has also taught philosophy at Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University, and a B.A. (Joint Hons.) in physics and philosophy from Oxford University. His research is primarily in the philosophy of science.
Joel Grow, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist at the Seattle Mindfulness Center. He was part of the development team for the Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) program, and he continues to lead MBRP groups and professional workshops. He is also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and continues to lead MSC groups several times per year. Along with Martin Thomson-Jones, he helped pioneer online MSC groups for men. His background includes providing behavioral health care and trainings/workshops in community agencies, VA and private hospitals, specialized medical settings, corporations, and government agencies. Before graduate school, Joel spent 6 years as a software engineer and in-house trainer/instructor at Amazon.com. He also co-developed and was lead instructor for a 9-month University of WA certificate program for 9 years, and was awarded the UW “Award of teaching excellence”.
Oori Silberstein has been a life long student of what makes us happier and more at ease. He discovered Yoga in high school and Tai Chi in college, and forgot the lessons they taught him for many years. The anxiety he experienced in the business world led him to Buddhist practice and Mindfulness in 1999 which changed his life. He quit the business world ten years ago and committed himself to supporting and teaching others. Oori teaches meditation, mindfulness and self-kindness to adults and teenagers. His style is light and playful, and is informed by the belief that we are all whole and have the innate capacity for deep contentment and happiness, but we sometimes need some support accessing it. He has a background in trauma support and grief support and has worked and taught in schools and hospitals. He is trained as a Chaplain and is an ordained Buddhist minister. Oori is also interested in sharing mindfulness, self-compassion and meditation to populations that do not currently have easy access to such trainings, by supporting those communities and their members in their own move towards self reliance and empowerment.