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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training

Beth Mulligan and Tina Gibson

August 12, 2020 - October 30, 2020

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 CMSC is Happy to Announce a New Format for Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training
Live Online Teacher Training is a 12-Week program built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC. 
To find out more about the benefits of teaching in this format, and how it differs from the traditional residential model, please refer to the main Live Online Teacher Training Page.

This online training is the first step in a three-step process towards becoming a fully trained MSC teacher authorized to teach the standard in-person, 8-week MSC course. For more information about the MSC teacher training pathway, including pre-requisites and the steps in the training pathway, please view this page on Becoming an MSC Teacher.

Training Sessions Include:
  1. Two initial introductory 3-hour sessions (led by three trainers) in the first week
  2. Nine-week, 3 hours per session MSC course (led by one trainer), with a one-week break after Session 4 to accommodate an additional large group meeting with all three trainers (to address conceptual issues and questions as well as to provide feedback on the training itself) This course will be recorded for the use of the trainers only.
  3. Weekly “teachback” (practice teaching) sessions of 1.75 hours in groups of 12 held between each session of the online MSC program (each session led by one trainer as a sub-cohort with a mid-course re-assignment to new sub-cohorts)
  4. A final 3-hour wrap-up session to address next steps, nuts and bolts of teaching MSC and final evaluation of the program.
  5. All trainees who successfully complete the online teacher training (just like those who complete the traditional in-person training) will then be eligible to join a Teacher Training Practicum as the next step in their process toward becoming a Trained Teacher of MSC.

Training in an Online Format

Online learning is not for everybody. Some people thrive in an online environment and others don’t.  Everybody is different. Please ask yourself, honestly, if you feel you can be as present and embodied in the online environment as you might be when you are physically present with someone. In this teacher training, we will be providing multiple opportunities for trainees to interact with one another, even more than in the regular teacher training, but some people might have a deeper and more comfortable learning experience when they are with others in person. Kindly reflect on your own learning needs before applying for this training.

Teacher Training Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Develop and apply personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion
  • Describe current basic theory and research on self-compassion
  • Identify the core themes and practices presented in each of the eight group sessions of MSC, plus the retreat day
  • Develop and implement the skills necessary to facilitate MSC groups, including how to guide meditation, teach from each participant’s direct experience, and facilitate group cohesion
  • Identify obstacles to mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming them
  • Practice and demonstrate a mindful and compassionate embodied stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice
Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits will be offered for US certified psychologists, therapists and nurses. (Please see the list below for details.)  

In order to receive CE credits, you must attend all the Teacher Training Sessions. No credit is given for partial attendance. You will also need to fill out the online Evaluation after the training completes. CE Certificates will be emailed about a month after the program completes.


This program is sponsored 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 32.0 CE credit.

California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs:

This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 32.0 CE credit 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 CE credit is accepted.


UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 38.25 contact hours.

Please submit the $75 USD fee when registering.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $300 USD non-refundable deposit and application fee.

If you cancel by July 29, 2020 you will be refunded all monies paid except the $300 non-refundable application fee.

No refunds will be given after July 29, 2020.

CMSC is not responsible for any miscellaneous expenses incurred by trainees. Should this program be cancelled by CMSC for any reason, CMSC will refund all monies paid.

  1. Scheduling

    The training begins on August 12 and ends on October 30.

    There are two sessions each week for 12 weeks. All sessions start at 4pm Pacific Time / 01:00 (+ 1 day) UTC.

    The schedule consists of:

    1. 3-Hour sessions on Wednesdays
    2. 1.75-Hour sessions on Thursdays (with a few exceptions – see table below)

    Registration Fees

    $2195 (US) for the full program.

    Application Process

    1. Ensure you meet all the pre-requisites

    2. Register and make payment online

    3. Submit your online application form (provided after you register) 

    4. CMSC will review your application and let you know whether you have been approved,  within 2 weeks of submitting your form.

    Space limited to 25 people. Early registration advised.

Beth Mulligan – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Beth Mulligan, PA-C is a certified MSC Teacher and teacher trainer. She was in the first group to be invited to MSC teacher training, and has been teaching MSC with great passion and enthusiasm ever since, at the UC Irvine Center for Integrative Medicine and Insight LA as well as providing workshops for professional caregivers. Beth is also a certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty for the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant and has practiced medicine for over 25 years. Beth is a certified yoga instructor, and holds a Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is a long time student of Roshi Charles Tenshin Fletcher at Yokoji Zen Center where she has lived in residence, and is the Guiding Dharma teacher at Insight Community of the Desert. Phone: 760-799-7847

Tina Gibson – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Tina Gibson is a certified MSC Teacher and teacher trainer. Based in Australia, she traveled to America, as part of the first MSC teacher training, and has been teaching with enthusiasm across Australia ever since. Tina also has years of experience teaching Mindfulness, having facilitated programs within Women’s Health, the Education System, Cancer Support and the general community. Her MSC has also included programs specifically for Health Professionals and for young women. Tina practices what she teaches, bringing warmth, honesty, courage and humour to MSC in her life and her teaching. She has a sound knowledge of health and education stemming from training and working in roles such as; Paramedic, Health Care Worker, Rehabilitation Counsellor, Kinesiologist and Health Educator. Some of her current passions are bringing MSC to children and MSC for enhancing creativity.

Siri Chandler – Program Online MSC Teacher

Siri Chandler is an experienced Mindfulness educator – training educators, parents, athletes, corporations and students of all ages. Her genuineness, kindness and personal experience of the benefits of MSC and MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) infuse her courses with a special personal touch. A dual Thai-American national, Siri currently lives in Pranburi, Thailand where she facilitates retreats, courses, and workshops in-person and online. As an enthusiastic life-long learner, Siri devotes her time to continuously deepening her own practice which she has been cultivating over the past 25 years. The skills and tools of mindfulness have helped her to cope with grief and difficult life challenges that have occurred during the past few years as well as cultivating joy and well-being. She is especially drawn to bringing mindfulness into daily life in a practical way and is enthusiastic to share this way of being with others.To learn more about her educational and teaching background, please visit: www.mindfulnessth.com/about

Ben Weinstein – Program Online MSC Teacher

Ben is a clinical psychologist based in Thailand who has been living and working as an expatriate since 2003.  With more than 20 years of experience as a therapist, university lecturer and trainer, Ben works to support the personal and professional development of others; he is really enthusiastic about the enormous transformative potential of mindfulness and self-compassion as practical, concrete pathways for personal growth and healing.  Ben has been practicing and teaching mindfulness since 2007.  Ben attended the MSC program in 2016 and is now a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion; he regularly teaches the MSC program in English and in Thai.  In addition to being a therapist and lecturer, Ben is frequently involved in providing trainings for corporate and humanitarian clients on resilience, adjusting to change, and managing uncertainty.  When not practicing psychotherapy, he volunteers his time to support urban asylum seekers and refugees in Bangkok and helps organize mindfulness retreats and trainings for Thai healthcare professionals.  Ben holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


August 12, 2020
October 30, 2020