Archives for October 2018

MSC-T Teacher Training Comes to Australia

As a teacher of self-compassion, you’ve been moved by MSC. Perhaps you’ve even found it life-changing. So have I. In fact, each time I run into an emotional obstacle and I feel that familiar discomfort and sense of internal struggle, I remind myself to return to my lovingkindness phrases. May I know that I am safe. May I know that I am safe.

Having grown up in an environment that was not safe, where at times I even feared for my life, I often find myself in “defense mode.” Ready to battle for my beliefs and opinions, secure my argument, do whatever it takes to ensure I am well and safe. Until I remember, that I am safe. Quite safe, in fact. My life in so many important ways these days is stable. And even — dare I say it — full of poignant moments of gratitude and joy.

Much of this is attributable to my mindfulness and self-compassion practice. So my mission in life has been to help find ways for teens to navigate this challenging period of life also feeling a bit more safe and with a bit more ease – something that completely eluded me when I was a teen.

Practicing MSC continues to deepen my understanding of the full picture of this being human. As my understanding grows, my tenderness to what I find grows.”
– Tina Gibson, MSC-T Co-Teacher and MSC Teacher Trainer

Alarming statistics require action

Teens often live in a world where they constantly feel under scrutiny. Every waking moment is filled with a sense that they are being watched, their flaws exposed as if under a microscope. They compare themselves to their peers and feel that they come up short. They feel inadequate, unworthy, and often consumed with shame. The feeling of emotional safety often eludes them.

And the numbers bear that out. Anxiety, depression, and stress statistics are through the roof. For example, from 2012-2015, depression increased among girls by 50% and among boys by 21%. Compared to 2007, in 2015, three times as many girls and twice as many boys took their own lives. These statistics terrify me, as I imagine they terrify you, and terrify anyone who tries to live with an open heart.

What can we do? How can we help?

If you would like to help, consider becoming trained to teach Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens. Teens who have taken this research-based program have less stress after the program is over, and a 3-year NIH-funded study is currently underway at University of North Carolina to further assess the program.

If you feel so inclined, please check out our pages on the CMSC website, the MSC-T website, and my own website. And if working with teens isn’t your thing, know that you can still help them by the work that you do with the adults in their lives. Thanks for being part of the MSC family!

MSC-T Teacher Training, Melbourne, Australia
March 1 – 7, 2019
with Karen Bluth (MSC-T Co-Developer)
and Tina Gibson (MSC Teacher Trainer and Mentor)

Prerequisites for the program are as follows:

✓ Previous experience working with teens in either a clinical or educational setting,
✓ Successful completion of the adult MSC course.
✓ An ongoing self-compassion practice

Register or learn more

Free Webinar: Recruiting Men for Your Self-Compassion Courses

As an MSC teacher, you have no doubt noticed that men tend to be a very small percentage of your classes. Learn more about the particular challenges most men face when considering and participating in MSC classes. This webinar will provide information about some of the underlying causes of this tendency as well as possible ways to engage men more effectively. Participants will learn about:

  • the traditional male role and its relation to toxic masculinity;
  • why vulnerability tends to trigger shame and defensiveness in men;
  • how reframing self-compassion as courageous can inspire men to participate.

Free Webinar #1 (MSC Teachers)
October 23, 2018, 9-10 a.m. P.S.T.

Register for Teachers’ free webinar

Free Webinar #2 (General Public)
Nov. 1, 2018, 9-10 a.m. P.S.T.

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In addition, you will be introduced you to a newer hybrid approach to working with men called Ultimate Courage. This workshop has been developed and facilitated by Daniel and his colleagues Steve Hickman and David Spound. It will include an exploration of particular exercises from the workshop that are not specifically from MSC. This webinar will be a much more extensive, in-depth exploration of the short presentation given at the MSC International Teacher Festival in the Netherlands. The intention is to facilitate the Ultimate Courage workshop throughout the world and to enlist your support in sharing information about this workshop to men who may benefit.

The time has come to bring this important work forward to meet the crisis of masculinity that threatens our world.

Daniel and CMSC Executive Director Steve Hickman will be offering the Ultimate Courage Workshop for Men again in San Diego, California on November 17 – 19, and spaces are still available.
Learn more.

Daniel Ellenberg, PhD, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and specialist in men’s psychology

Privilege, Power and a Pair of Plastic Earrings: The Inner Capacity of Self-Compassion


I rode into the Casabranca Favela (slum) in Rio de Janeiro knowing full well that, in an hour or so, I could ride right back out and slip into the tidy stream of life outside of poverty and danger. I felt a little apprehension at getting my hands dirty like this, but I could humor my hosts and find out how people live here and what the healthcare providers who work here face on a regular basis. I was literally “slumming” for the first time in my privileged life.

And of course, it was messy, stark, meandering and daunting as the living spaces, piled on top of each other, extended as far up the hillside as I could see. But there was a kind of spirit here that I saw in the eyes of the people. The children playing in the street, the women toiling in their living spaces and the hard-working healthcare workers in their bright white uniforms and their playful smiles and cheerful attitudes. My physician colleagues back home in the US struggle to help their privileged (by contrast) patients stay healthy and alive. I could just imagine what it’s like to do the same for people who may not always have fresh water, enough healthy food or even vaccinations for infectious diseases that we get routinely at home.

And then we sat. I joined a tiny weekly mindfulness group led by Berenice, a psychologist who is part of the “collaborative care” team in this small primary care clinic in Casabranca. Three young women and the 10-year-old son of one of those women gathered in a small consultation office, closed their eyes and dropped their awareness onto their breath. After a few minutes, we moved on to the quintessential mindfulness exercise: the raisin. One woman, who had not done the exercise before was dismayed that she was only given a few raisins in the bottom of a cup. “This isn’t enough to eat!” she said laughing. The others nodded knowingly and smiled.fullsizeoutput_2051

We explored the raisins together and then we explored the experience. The group went on to share how they are noticing mindfulness unfolding in their lives (all have been coming for some time to this weekly group with Berenice).

They shared brief stories of noticing their old patterns and being able to shift course and choose options that work better for them.

One woman with the tendency to get angry at her husband reported that she could begin to see the anger arising and take a breath to shift her old pattern of expressing the anger impulsively and hurtfully. She was clearly excited at this new development, and there was a softness to her realization that warmed the very obvious deep inner strength that she possesses naturally. It was a winning combination and unexpected in a place where I expected not to encounter hope, joy or resolve for something better.The little boy said he used to get bullied more but now he is able to not react as much when he is upset and walk away from situations.

His face lit up when he reported quite proudly that, because he is staying out of trouble more, he gets to actually speak at church on Sundays. His beaming face filled me with love and compassion and made me think of my own son at that age and how tender and full of love our hearts can be, even in the lap of poverty and in the shadow of privilege.

And then there was the woman with the plastic earrings. I didn’t catch her name, but her earrings caught my eye. Neon bright green lacy discs about three inches in diameter dangled from each ear. My first thought was that you could probably buy a pair for a dollar at home. My privileged mind wanted to scoff at the gaudy, cheesy, cheap decorations, but it couldn’t. She told a story of a problem with “nerves” (a syndrome in some Latin cultures that roughly equates to anxiety).

She showed numerous scars on the inside of her forearms where she had scratched or cut herself over the years. She didn’t say a lot. She didn’t have to. None of the marks were fresh and there was a kind of solid self-confidence to her that intrigued me.

I kept looking at those earrings and realizing she wore them with pride and a kind of commitment to her own worth as a human being. She had made an effort to make herself attractive, not for the world around her, but for her and who she sees inside. I saw her smile warmly at the little boy telling his story and I could see her love for humanity in that look.

And those earrings looked perfect on her. The radiance, the lack of self-consciousness, the spirit of a Carioca (a resident of Rio) all shone through because she could embrace her true nature as a glorious, lively, perfectly imperfect human being who simply wants to be happy and free from suffering.

Mindfulness is a powerful and transformative practice. I have known that for as long as I have been practicing and teaching it, but even more than that, I could see quite clearly that what emerged from each of these people, including Berenice herself, was a clear and growing inner strength that came from loving themselves just a little bit more, and by extension, standing strong and resilient in the face of conditions that have crushed many others. It is the little triumphs, in the moments of awareness, that foster our sense of friendliness toward who we are that allows us to shake the bonds of shame and self-criticism, commit to doing right by ourselves and our fellow human beings, and put on our own version of those dayglo earrings as an act of kindness and a manifestation of our deep connection to the good of ourselves and humanity as a whole.This is what Kristin Neff and Chris Germer refer to as the “yang” of self-compassion. It is the active, motivating, protecting, providing aspect of self-compassion that says “no!” to injustice and opens us to move through the world with purpose and intention. It allows us care for ourselves as we would for our loved ones, and to proudly don those plastic earrings.
The comforting, soothing and nurturing “yan” side of self-compassion is there too, to support us through our suffering and to soften our touch, but the active side often is overlooked.

This is the unique and ultimate human privilege that every one of us possesses. The capacity to simply include ourselves in the circle of compassion and to see that our struggles, our challenges and our deepest fears about ourselves actually bind us together with every human being on the planet. When we feel bad, flawed, irreparably broken and unlovable, it hurts, but it stems from this deep desire within us to BE loved.

I want to be loved as much as those people in the group and as much as you do, and we all want to be free from suffering. We share the privilege of being able to honor that in ourselves no matter what we own, where we live, or what our history held.

In this short venture into the favela, my privilege, as a white, middle-aged, financially comfortable man actually afforded me the opportunity to see how those with the least privilege can teach us all a lesson about the most important privilege: to be able to give ourselves compassion whenever we suffer, to love who we are as individuals and as human beings, and to proudly wear our own version of those plastic earrings. I am grateful to all my teachers for this realization, especially those four people in that little room.

I am inspired by my new friends here in Rio who provide healthcare to the residents of all the favelas in Rio and they are hungry for self-compassion training to help them weather the overwhelming challenges of their work and how it can benefit their beloved patients. With economic conditions the way they are in Brazil, this is quite a challenge. My dream is to find funding from around the world to underwrite more self-compassion training here and ultimately to bring MSC teacher training to Brazil to support this amazing work. If you know of people or organizations who might fund this work, I would be thrilled to be connected to them. Please simply email me directly at [email protected] and I will happily follow up. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if YOU would like to donate to the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, go here to do so.

Policies for Hosting MSC Teacher Trainings

Over the years, CMSC has received a number of inquiries about MSC Teacher Training (TT). These inquiries have included: “How does one become a host for MSC Teacher Training?”, “How can I become an MSC Teacher Trainer?”, “Can I offer my own MSC Teacher Training in my country or region?” and related questions. In this context, we would like to share our policies on teacher training with all MSC teachers.

Hosting an MSC Teacher Training

CMSC takes seriously our role as the world’s authority on self-compassion training. The format, content and teaching team for each TT are critical to their effectiveness so CMSC maintains close oversight and control of these programs. CMSC is ultimately responsible for the reliability, consistency and fidelity to MSC of each and every teacher training. We partner with well-respected institutions like University of California (US), Arbor Seminare (Germany), Centre for Mindfulness Studies (Canada), Centrum voor Mindfulness (Netherlands and Europe) and several others to host and organize MSC teacher trainings. Our hosts sign a lengthy and detailed agreement with CMSC that outlines the duties and responsibilities of both hosts and CMSC, and we work collaboratively with our hosts to assure high quality training for all our trainees. CMSC assigns the teacher trainers to each event and monitors course evaluations to insure a positive learning experience for all.

CMSC does not grant exclusive teacher training rights to any organization in any particular region or country, but we do choose our hosts wisely. We are careful about scheduling TT’s based upon a global vision and to avoid scheduling conflicts with other TT hosts. Furthermore, we are always open to exploring new partnerships in geographic areas where there is a need for MSC teachers.

Becoming an MSC Teacher Trainer

We currently have a remarkable lineup of MSC teacher trainers and, since the demand for teacher training has leveled off for now, we have not needed to recruit new teacher trainers. We know that many of you are superb MSC teachers who may wish to become teacher trainers and clearly have the talent to do so. However, please understand that the opportunities are quite limited at this time. As MSC proliferates around the world, however, we hope and expect that a variety of different teaching modalities will open up. For example, you might be interested in contributing to the Circles of Practice, Live Online MSC, or do volunteer work for the Center for MSC. (If you have a particular skill, talent or knowledge that might be valuable to CMSC, please take a moment to complete our Volunteer Interest Form and let us know how you’d like to help.) For our part, we will continue to support you and your course participants to the best of our ability.

Zoom Consultation Sessions: More Than Just a Nice Idea

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It has come to our attention that there are a number of people teaching MSC around the world who have never attended or completed the mandatory group Zoom consultation sessions required of all teachers to attain Trained Teacher Status. This rather alarming news has prompted CMSC to further state and clarify our policy about teaching MSC and the process for becoming a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Upon successful completion of the MSC Teacher Training 6-day program, you are considered an MSC Teacher-in-Training. At that point you are only authorized to teach the MSC program with simultaneous enrollment in the series of ten group online Zoom consultation sessions. You are not authorized to teach MSC without the consultation sessions as a teacher-in-training. Once you have completed your first MSC course along with the ten consultation sessions, you may apply for Trained Teacher status and then will be authorized to teach the 8-week MSC program on your own in your community.

If you somehow missed this policy or, for any reason, have not achieved Trained Teacher status but have taught MSC, we would like to strongly encourage you to sign up for Zoom consultation sessions as soon as possible while teaching your next course (or even sign up in the middle of teaching a course if that is possible for you). These Zoom consultation sessions are rich opportunities to get support, guidance and wisdom from your fellow teachers and from the Certified and experienced MSC teachers who facilitate those sessions. Successfully completing the Zoom sessions is the only way you can become a Trained Teacher and be authorized to continue to teach the MSC program on your own.

Once you have achieved Trained Teacher status, not only can you teach independently, but you can then list yourself and your courses on the CMSC website directory, which can increase the exposure and registrations for your courses as well. CMSC policy does allow you to assist another teacher in teaching MSC without engaging in Zoom sessions, but serving in an assistant role does not count toward becoming an MSC Trained Teacher, and you are not eligible to attend Zoom consultation sessions unless you are a full co-teacher.

Please note that as of January 1, 2019, participants in MSC courses offered by Teachers in Training without simultaneous participation in Zoom counseling sessions will NOT qualify for Teacher Training.

If you need assistance in signing up for the sessions, please contact CMSC’s Teacher Relations Manager Kim Levan at [email protected]. If you are facing a financial hardship that prevents you from paying all of the cost of these sessions, please also reach out to Kim and we will find a way for you attend and learn from these sessions. We are fully invested in your success as an MSC teacher and want you to have the benefits of all the support we offer, especially these sessions.


Zoom 컨설테이션 회기: 좋은 사례가 아닌 경우

모든 MSC지도자는 Trained Teacher가 되기 위해 반드시 그룹 Zoom 컨설테이션 회기에 참여해야 합니다. 그런데 컨설테이션 회기에 한번도 참석하지 않거나 10회기를 마치지 않고 MSC를 가르치는 선생님들이 있다는 사실을 알게 되었습니다. 그래서 CMSC는 trained teacher가 되기 위한 절차에 대해서 분명하게 알려드립니다.

일단 6박 7일간의 MSC지도자 훈련과정을 마치게 되면 여러분은 [훈련 중에 있는 지도자 (Teacher in Training)]로간주됩니다.이 때반드시 10번의 온라인 Zoom 그룹컨설테이션에 등록해야 MSC 프로그램을 가르칠 수있는 권한이 주어집니다. 훈련 중에 있는 지도자는 컨설테이션 회기 없이 MSC를 가르칠 수 있는 권한이 없습니다. 10번의 컨설테이션 회기를 진행하면서 동시에 첫번째 MSC 지도과정을 마쳐야만 Trained Teacher 자격을 신청할수 있습니다. 그런 다음에 CMSC 공식정책에 따라 8주간 MSC 프로그램을 스스로 가르칠 수 있는 권한이 주어집니다. 이러한 사항은 여러분이 지도자 훈련에서 받은 ‘지도자 훈련 부록’에 잘 요약되어 있습니다. 

만일 여러분이 어떠한 이유로 이러한 지침을 놓쳤다거나 훈련된 지도자 자격을 받지 않은 상태로 MSC를 가르쳐 왔다면, 다음 프로그램을 진행하기 전에 (아니면 비록 코스 진행 중이더라도) 되도록 빠른시일내에 Zoom 컨선테에션 회기에 등록할 것을 강력하게 권고 드립니다. 이 Zoom 컨설테이션 회기는 동료 지도자와 경험이 많은 공인된 지도자들로 부터 각 회기들을 효율적으로 진행할 수 있도록 지지와 안내 그리고 지혜를 얻을 수 있는 아주 좋은 기회입니다. Zoom 회기를 성공적으로 마치는 것만이 여러분이 trained teacher가 되어 계속해서 스스로 MSC 프로그램을 가르칠 수 있는 유일한 길입니다. 

일단 여러분이 trained teacher 자격을 얻게 되면, 스스로 가르칠 수 있을 뿐만 아니라 여러분의 MSC 코스 홍보를 위해 CMSC 홈페이지에 자기소개와 함께 가르칠 코스를 기재할 수 있습니다. 또한 CMSC 정책은 Zoom 회기에 참여하지 않고 MSC 프로그램 보조 진행자는 될수 있지만 보조진행 역할은 trained teacher가 되는 요건에는 부합되지 않습니다. 또한 보조진행자로서 Zoom 컨설테이션에 참여할 수는 있으나 (권장사항) 이 또한 trained teacher가 되는 요건에는 포함되지 않습니다.

꼭기억해 주세요. 2019년 1월 1일부터 Zoom 회기에 참석하지 않은 Teacher in Training에게 MSC 수업을 받은 분들은 입문과정을 이수한 것으로 인정하지 않는다는 사실을 유의해 주시기바랍니다.

Zoom 회기를 등록하고 구매하려면 Power School Learning에 로그인하고 ‘Zoom Consultation Sessions’ 페이지의 지시 사항을 따르십시오. 이 과정에 도움이 필요하면 CMSC의 지도자 관련 매니저 Kim levan ([email protected])에게 연락하십시오. 우리는 여러분이 MSC 선생님으로서 성공할 수 있도록 전적으로 지지하고 있으며, 특히 중요한 컨설테이션 회기에서 우리가 제공하는 모든 지원 혜택을 받으시길 바랍니다. 또한 이러한 CMSC 정책과 관련하여 우려 사항이 있거나 어려움이 있으시면 CMSC 전무 이사 인 Steve Hickman ([email protected])에게 문의주십시요.

Zoom 网络督导:不仅仅是一个好主意

我们注意到,在世界各地有一些教授MSC的人从未参加或完整参加过成为静观自我关怀正式老师(Trained Teacher)所必须参加的Zoom网络督导——这是获得正式老师资质的必修课。这一令人警醒的消息促使CMSC进一步阐明和澄清我们关于教授MSC的政策,以及如何成为一名静观自我关怀正式老师。

在成功完成为期6天的MSC师资培训课程后,您将被视为MSC实习老师(在训师资,Teacher-in-training)。此时,您只被授权在同步接受10次Zoom网络督导的情况下教授MSC课程。作为一名实习老师,在未参加Zoom督导的情况下,您无权教授MSC。当您教授完第一个MSC课程并同时接受了10次Zoom督导,就可以申请成为正式老师(Trained Teacher),从而在遵循CMSC各项官方政策的前提下,在您所在的地区教授8周形式的MSC课程,如您在师资培训课上收到的《教师手册》所介绍的那样。




如欲报名Zoom督导,请登录Power School Learning网站,并按照’Zoom督导’页面的说明进行购买和注册。在此过程中,如果您需要任何帮助,请与CMSC教师关系经理Kim Levan联系,地址是[email protected]org。我们非常重视每一位MSC老师的成功,并希望您能从我们提供的所有支持中受益,特别是这些极其重要的课程督导。如果您对该CMSC政策有任何担忧或面临任何困难,请与CMSC执行董事Steve Hickman联系,地址是[email protected]

Zoom Online-Beratungssitzungen: Mehr als nur eine nette Idee

Wir haben erfahren, dass MSC weltweit von einer Anzahl von Personen angeboten wird, die an den vorgeschriebenen Zoom-Beratungssitzungen, die für alle LehrerInnen zur Erlangung des Status “Ausgebildete(r) Lehrer/Lehrerin” verpflichtend sind, nie oder nur unvollständig teilgenommen haben. Diese alarmierende Situation veranlasst das CMSC, noch einmal klar und deutlich auf die Richtlinien und den Weg zum Ausgebildeten Lehrer / zur Ausgebildeten Lehrerin für Mindful Self-Compassion (Achtsames Selbstmitgefühl) hinzuweisen.

Nach erfolgreichem Abschluss des 6-tägigen MSC Teacher Trainings ist man “MSC-LehrerIn in Ausbildung”. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt bist du ausschließlich zum Unterrichten des MSC-Kurses berechtigt, wenn du begleitend zum Kurs an 10 Gruppen-Online-Beratungssitzungen teilnimmst. Als LehrerIn in Ausbildung bist du nicht berechtigt, MSC ohne diese begleitenden Zoom-Beratungssitzungen zu unterrichten. Wenn du deinen ersten MSC-Kurs mit den begleitenden 10 Zoom-Beratungssitzungen unterrichtet hast, kannst du den Status “Ausgebildeter Lehrer / Ausgebildete Lehrerin” beantragen und bist nach Erlangung des Status berechtigt, den 8-Wochen-MSC-Kurs in deinem Bereich anzubieten, auf der Basis aller offiziellen CMSC-Richtlinien, wie sie im Lehrerhandbuch aufgeführt sind.

Falls du diese Richtlinien aus irgendeinem Grund übersehen und MSC unterrichtet hast, ohne den Status “Ausgebildete(r) LehrerIn” erreicht zu haben, möchten wir dir dringend empfehlen, dich so bald wie möglich für Zoom-Beratungssitzungen anzumelden, wenn du deinen nächsten Kurs unterrichtest (oder gegebenenfalls auch, wenn möglich, mitten während eines Kurses). Diese Zoom-Beratungssitzungen sind eine wertvolle Gelegenheit, durch MSC-Kolleginnen und –Kollegen und erfahrene, zertifizierte MSC-LehrerInnen, die die Sitzungen leiten, begleitet, unterstützt und inspiriert zu werden. Der erfolgreiche Abschluss der erforderlichen Zoom-Sitzungen ist die einzige Möglichkeit, den Status “Ausgebildeter Lehrer / Ausgebildete Lehrerin” zu erlangen und somit berechtigt zu sein, den MSC-Kurs selbst anbieten zu können.

Nachdem du den Status “Ausgebildete(r) LehrerIn” erzielt hast, kannst du selbstständig Kurse anbieten und deine Kurse auf der CMSC-Webseite und der Webseite der deutschsprachigen MSC-Lehrenden bewerben. Nach den CMSC-Richtlinien ist es möglich, eine(n) andere(n) LehrerIn während eines MSC-Kurses als AssistentIn ohne Teilnahme an Zoom-Beratungssitzungen zu begleiten, allerdings berechtigt die Rolle als AssistentIn nicht dazu, den Status als Ausgebildete(r) LehrerIn zu erlangen. Du kannst natürlich gerne in der Rolle als AssistentIn auch an Zoom-Sitzungen teilnehmen, und wir ermutigen dich ausdrücklich, dies in Erwägung zu ziehen. Allerdings erfüllt diese Teilnahme in der Rolle des Assistenten / der Assistentin nicht die Voraussetzung, um Ausgebildeter Lehrer / Ausgebildete Lehrerin zu werden.

Wir bitten um Beachtung, dass mit Wirkung vom 1. Januar 2019 an die Teilnehmenden an MSC-Kursen, die von LehrerInnen in Ausbildung ohne gleichzeitige Teilnahme an Zoom-Beratungssitzungen angeboten werden, die Voraussetzungen für eine Teilnahme an einem Teacher Training NICHT erfüllen werden.

Du kannst deine Beratungstermine auf Power School Learning buchen und bezahlen (siehe Deutsche Ressourcen – Bezahlung und Auswählen der Online-Beratungstermine). Wenn du Unterstützung brauchst, wende dich bitte an Kim Levan (Teacher Relations Manager) unter [email protected] oder an Mirjam Luthe ([email protected] ). Wir haben größtes Interesse daran, dass du deinen Weg als MSC-LehrerIn mit Freude und Erfolg gehen kannst und möchten sicherstellen, dass du alle verfügbaren Unterstützungen und insbesondere diese essentiellen Beratungssitzungen nutzen kannst. Wenn du Bedenken hast oder besondere Umstände es für dich schwierig machen, diesen CMSC-Richtlinien zu folgen, wende dich bitte an Steve Hickman, CMSC Executive Director, unter [email protected]

Las 10 Sesiones de Consulta en Zoom: No Solo Una Bonita Idea

Recientemente ha llamado nuestra atención el hecho de que haya varias personas impartiendo el programa MSC en diferentes países, que nunca han asistido a/o completado las sesiones de consulta en grupo en zoom obligatorias y requeridas por todos los candidatos a profesor (Teacher in Training) para alcanzar el estatus de Profesores MSC Capacitados (Trained MSC Teacher). Esta noticia alarmante ha llevado al Center For MSC (CMSC) a establecer y aclarar aún más la política sobre la enseñanza de MSC y el proceso para convertirse en un Profesor Capacitado del programa Mindful Self-Compassion.

Al finalizar con éxito el programa de formación de profesores de 6 días (MSC Teacher Training), los participantes son considerados como MSC Teacher-in-Training o Profesores en Entrenamiento. Eso significa que solo se está autorizado para enseñar el programa MSC si al mismo tiempo se produce la inscripción simultánea en la serie de diez sesiones de consulta grupales en la plataforma de Zoom. Es decir, no se está autorizado para enseñar MSC sin las sesiones de consulta como Profesor en Entrenamiento. Una vez que se haya completado el primer curso de MSC (con no menos de 8 participantes) junto con las diez sesiones de consulta, se puede solicitar el estatus de Profesor MSC Capacitado (Trained MSC Teacher) y a partir de ahí se podrá enseñar el programa de MSC en formato de 8 semanas por su cuenta, sujeto a todas las políticas oficiales de CMSC , tal como se describe en el Manual del Profesor que fue entregado en la formación residencial.

Si de alguna manera aún no se ha cumplido con esta norma del itinerario o, por algún motivo, no se ha alcanzado el estado de Profesor Capacitado, pero se ha enseñado el MSC, se insta al Profesor en Entrenamiento a inscribirse en las sesiones de consulta de Zoom lo antes posible en cuanto se programe un próximo curso (o incluso apuntarse en medio de la impartición de un curso). Las sesiones de consulta de Zoom son ricas oportunidades para obtener apoyo, orientación y conocimiento de los otros compañeros que se están formando como profesores, así como por parte de los Profesores Certificados y Teachers Trainers de MSC que facilitan esas sesiones. Completar con éxito las sesiones de Zoom es la única forma en que uno puede convertirse en un Profesor Capacitado (Trained MSC Teacher) y estar autorizado para continuar enseñando el programa MSC por su cuenta.

Una vez que se haya alcanzado el estatus de Profesor Capacitado, no sólo se puede enseñar de forma independiente, sino que también puede uno incluirse en el directorio del sitio web oficial del CMSC, lo que puede facilitar las inscripciones de sus cursos. Por otro lado, recuerde que las normas del itinerario de formación de profesores del CMSC, permiten asistir a otro profesor en la enseñanza de un programa MSC sin participar en las sesiones de Zoom (aunque es muy recomendable), pero cumplir con esa función de asistente no cuenta para convertirse en Profesor Capacitado del MSC. Para ser elegible y completar las sesiones de consulta on-line de Zoom, se debe ser al menos co-profesor, esto es impartir aproximadamente el 50% de los contenidos del programa.

Y por último téngase en cuenta que, a partir del 1 de enero de 2019, a los alumnos de los cursos de MSC impartidos por Profesores en Entrenamiento (Teacher in Training) que no hayan cumplido con las sesiones de Zoom concurrentes, no se les admitirá el certificado de participación como requisito previo para asistir a la formación del profesorado, teniendo que repetir el programa con un profesor que cumpla con los requisitos del itinerario.

Para apuntarse en las sesiones de consulta de Zoom, inicie su sesión en Power School Learning y siga las instrucciones en la página ‘Sesiones de consulta de zoom’. Si necesita ayuda con este proceso, comuníquese con la Responsable de la Comunicación con los Profesores del CMSC, Kim Levan, a [email protected] . El Center for MSC está totalmente comprometido con la formación de los profesores del MSC y queremos que se obtengan los beneficios de todo el apoyo que ofrecemos, especialmente estas sesiones de consulta que son cruciales. Si tiene alguna dificultad con respecto a esta política del CMSC, comuníquese con Steve Hickman, Director Ejecutivo de CMSC, en [email protected]

Why Women Need Fierce Self-Compassion

The drama that just unfolded in the Senate confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court is just one more example of why women need
fierce compassion. Why feminine ideals of care need to include anger and resolve if we are ever going to stop being controlled by men. It took tremendous bravery and courage for Dr. Blasey Ford to tell the world about her memories of the humiliating and sexually aggressive way that Judge Kavanaugh violated her as a teenager. She has since had to go into hiding out of fear for her life. How many of us women have experienced something similar in a less public way? A narcissistic man who believes he has the right to sexually abuse us because he is empowered by patriarchy to do so.

How many of us have remained silent because we didn’t want to rock the boat or risk being judged for putting ourselves in a compromising position?

Largely as a concession to the #MeToo movement, the predominantly male Senate judiciary committee and Judge Kavanaugh himself did not try to discredit Dr. Blasey Ford or question her morality because they knew it would create a backlash. Instead, they portrayed her as a confused victim, to be pitied but not believed. What really struck me, however, was the demeanor of Dr. Blasey Ford herself. While she spokeme too assault with confidence when discussing her area of expertise — the psychology of trauma — at other times she spoke like a young girl who needed to placate all these powerful men so they would like her. This doesn’t undercut the courage she showed for being there — it was tremendous — but she clearly felt she had to be soft and sweet to be heard. And she was probably right. Imagine if she had shown her righteous anger at Kavanaugh for derailing her life, she indeed would have been discredited. She was allowed to show her pain at being victimized, but no more. Kavanaugh, in contrast, was celebrated by many of the male senators for being angry and enraged at being “wrongly” accused.

This is why women need fierce compassion. Compassion is aimed at the alleviation of suffering – that of others or ourselves – and can be ferocious as well as tender. These two poles are represented by the dialectic of yin and yang. Yin compassion is like a mother tenderly comforting her crying child. Yang compassion is like a mother bear ferociously protecting her cubs from harm. Traditional gender roles allow women to be yin, but if a woman is too yang — if she gets angry or fierce — people get scared and often insulting. Men are allowed to be yang, but if a man shows vulnerability he risks being kicked out of the boys’ club of power. In many ways the #MeToo movement can be seen as the collective arising of female yang. We are finally speaking up to protect ourselves, our sisters, our daughters and sons. Thank goodness.

Women need to fully embrace and integrate both tender and fierce compassion if we are ever going to free ourselves from patriarchy.

The three core components of self-compassion according to my theoretical model are self-kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness of suffering. These manifest in yin self-compassion as loving, connected presence. Self-kindness means we soothe and comfort ourselves when in pain. Common humanity involves recognizing that suffering is part of the shared human condition. Mindfulness allows us to be with and validate our pain in an open, accepting manner. When we hold our pain with loving, connected presence, we start to transform and heal. With yang self-compassion, the three components show up as fierce, empowered truth. Self-kindness means we fiercely protect ourselves. We stand up and say “NO! You cannot harm me in this way.” Common humanity helps us to recognize that we are not alone. We don’t need to hang our heads in shame. We can stand together with our brothers and sisters in the experience of being harmed and become empowered as a result. Me too. And mindfulness manifests as clearly seeing the truth. We no longer choose to avoid seeing or telling in order not to rock the boat. The boat needs to be rocked. When we hold our pain with fierce-empowered-truth we can speak up and tell our stories, to protect ourselves and others from being harmed.

It is challenging to hold loving, connected presence together with fierce, empowered truth because their energies feel so different. But we need to do so if we are going to effectively stand up to patriarchy, to racism, and the people in power that are destroying our planet. We need both simultaneously, as advocated by great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need love in our hearts so we don’t perpetuate a cycle of anger and hate, but we need fierceness so that we don’t let things continue on their current harmful path.

I sincerely hope that the FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh brings enough clarity so that the right decision about his confirmation to 

the U.S. Supreme Court can be made. But even more than that, I hope that women such as Dr. Blasey Ford are allowed to be fully empowered. To temper their sweetness with steel. To call upon the strength and fierceness that is the birthright of all people. While it is crucial that we take action to change the political system, the first place to start is with ourselves. The next time we are at the grocery store with a rude check-out person, or in a conflict at work, or confronted with a difficult life challenge, we need to turn inward and call up both yin and yang self-compassion in a balanced manner. We need to learn to use caring force to change ourselves and our world. Now is the moment.

Dr. Kristin Neff is the Co-Founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research and training. See for more information.