Experience the proven power of self-compassion.

For Beginners

Anyone can learn and practice self-compassion! Self-compassion has many benefits for you, your loved ones, and your community.

For MSC Graduates

Self-compassion is a lifelong practice. After a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course, continue to explore aspects of self-compassion through advanced skills workshops and classes.

Professional Training

CMSC offers Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher certification and professional development programs for healthcare providers, psychotherapists, educators, and more.

All Are Welcome

The purpose of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is to alleviate human suffering and to improve the collective well-being of our world through the practice of self-compassion. Welcome, we are so glad you are here.

Self-Compassion Training for Healthcare Communities (SCHC)

Thursdays starting June 22 – July 27, 4:00-5:00 PT: 6-week course for healthcare professionals to prevent burnout and strengthen resilience.

Fierce Self-Compassion Workshop with Kristin Neff

July 15, 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM PT: Join Kristin Neff as she invites us to live a life of fierce self-compassion by learning how taking action in the world to protect, provide and motivate ourselves to alleviate suffering during this 3-hour workshop

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion

Multiple Times Available: Take MSC from the comfort of your home. Upcoming live online 10-week courses.

Antidote to Shame Workshop, with Christopher Germer

November 1 & 8, 4-7 pm PT: Please join Chris Germer, PhD, clinical psychologist and co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion training, for a 6-hour, online, experiential workshop including talks, meditation, research, exercises, and discussion. We will take a fresh, non-pathological look at shame through the eyes of compassion.

Our Latest Blog Posts

Spaces of Belonging

Spaces of Belonging

In the field of mindfulness and compassion, we need queer spaces alongside dominant spaces because we do not share the same suffering. We queer folks need to connect based on…

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The Story of Hanna: How Self-Compassion Can Foster Healthy Relationships

The Story of Hanna: How Self-Compassion Can Foster Healthy Relationships

Healthy relationships are central to our physical and emotional health. Whether a relationship is familial, romantic, plutonic, collegial, or that of a patient and therapist, self-compassion benefits everyone involved.

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MSC Teacher Karen Bluth Wins Award for Teen Self-Compassion Research

MSC Teacher Karen Bluth Wins Award for Teen Self-Compassion Research

Join us in celebrating Certified MSC teacher, teacher trainer, author, and co-creator of the curriculum for CMSC’s Mindful Self-Compassion Teen Program, Dr. Karen Bluth!

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Our Founders

The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) was founded in 2012 by Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff to be the global leader in self-compassion training and practice. The Center is a US-based nonprofit that serves students and certifies MSC teachers internationally. Through online and in-person public programs, workshops, and professional training, we create a world that is kinder, healthier and more enjoyable for all.

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