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.
David Spound, M.Ed., is a mindfulness meditation teacher and consultant based in Northampton, MA, where he offers courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). He also creates specialized programs for organizations and leads silent meditation retreats.
David is certified as a teacher of MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion at the University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness. He trained and taught with Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, the creators of MSC, and with Steve Hickman, the executive director of the CMSC. With the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, he has served as a teacher trainer for MSC, co-teacher of the Community for Deepening Practice (global online program for MSC graduates), co-developer of the Ultimate Courage workshop (self-compassion training for men), co-leader of silent meditation retreats, and a mentor for the Sounds True Power of Self-Compassion online course.
David is certified as a teacher of MBSR by the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, the organization founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He worked at the UMass Center for Mindfulness from 2006–2013 where he served as a member of the MBSR teaching staff and coordinated the MBSR teacher training and certification program. He currently serves as a mentor for new MBSR teachers through the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. David can be reached through his Valley Mindfulness web site: www.valleymindfulness.com.
Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.Dis a Certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher and Certified Mindfulness Teacher. Rainer received his MSC training from Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer (the founders of the MSC program), as well as Steve Hickman, the executive director of the CMSC. Rainer has been teaching the 8-week in person MSC program since 2014 and in 2016 joined the Faculty of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto where he co-teaches the 8-week as well as 5-day intensive MSC programs with his spouse Eileen, also a Certified MSC Teacher. Rainer has been developing and presenting post secondary and executive level courses to business professionals since 1972. He is keenly interested in promoting the benefits of the MSC program for men and has been collaborating with a special interest group within the Center for MSC to deliver and promote this. He recently participated in the Ultimate Courage workshop, a self-compassion training program for men and is now looking forward to facilitating the “for men only” Live On-Line MSC (LOMSC) program. Rainer also participates as a mentor for individuals from around the globe experiencing the Sounds True “Power of Self-Compassion” online course.
Rainer came to the MSC journey as a result of personal experience and is focused on spreading the MSC experience to others around the world. For more information about Rainer and his work, go to www.selfcompassionsolutions.com
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 student 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.
Marcella Cox, MS is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), certified yoga instructor (RYT) a Certified MSC Teacher and a member of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute. In her private practice in San Carlos, CA she uses mindfulness and compassion based psychotherapy in working with adults and adolescents. She specializes in working with eating disorders, weight and body image issues; anxiety and mood disorders; relationship issues; life transitions; stress-related issues; and other related mental health issues. To support clients in their healing, her focus is the dynamic connection between body, heart and mind. She use a holistic and integrative approach to help clients cultivate healthier relationships with themselves and other people. She teaches clients mindfulness skills to increase awareness of thoughts and emotions, and she helps clients develop compassion for themselves and awaken inner strength and wisdom to make healthier choices in their lives.
She is inspired by the transformational power of mindfulness and compassion in helping people heal their hearts and minds, and she is honored to be a part of your self-compassion journey. For more information about Marcella, please visit her website, www.marcellacox.com.