The foundation for teaching MSC is to embody the qualities of mindfulness and self-compassion and to have an ongoing, daily practice. MSC teachers are often deeply moved by the transformation of their participants and honored to share in this transformation. Some say teaching self-compassion makes their personal practice even deeper and more meaningful and feels like a natural extension of self-compassion into the world.
CMSC supports prospective teachers in every step of their journey to becoming a Trained or Certified Teacher, more details of which are given below.
What is MSC Teacher Training?
MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day, residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion and periods of silence. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MSC programs.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MSC program, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.) and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.).
The standard pre-requisites for taking the MSC Teacher Training are:
The purpose of the 6-day Teacher Training is to establish a basic level of training and proficiency sufficient to begin offering the 8-week MSC course to the general public. To receive MSC Trained Teacher status and teach independently, Teachers-in-Training must meet the following requirements:
Upon completion of these requirements, the teacher will be issued with a certificate that states they are a Trained Teacher of MSC. All Trained Teachers can teach the 8-week MSC independently and be listed as a Trained Teacher on the CMSC website along with their future MSC courses.
Certification is verification of a teacher’s competence whereas the designation of Trained Teacher simply recognizes that a person has completed the requisite training activities. It is highly recommended for those who continue to teach on an ongoing basis. It also offers opportunities to adapt and teach MSC in other MSC formats.
Requirements for becoming a Certified Teacher include: