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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training

David Spound and Mila De Koning

September 22, 2020 - December 10, 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 September 8, 2020 you will be refunded all monies paid except the $300 non-refundable application fee.

No refunds will be given after September 8, 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 September 22 and ends on December 10.

    There are two sessions each week for 12 weeks. All sessions start at 7am Pacific Time / 1400 UTC.

    The schedule consists of:

    1. 3-Hour sessions on Tuesdays
    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.


David Spound – Live Online Teacher Trainer

David Spound, M.Ed., is the Director of Valley Mindfulness (in Northampton, MA, USA) and is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of both Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). David has been teaching mindfulness since 2005 with his own company and on behalf of other organizations including the UMass Center for Mindfulness, the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, and the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. With the CMSC, David leads MSC courses, MSC Teacher Training, Mentoring Sessions for new teachers, Silent Meditation Retreats, Teacher Certification Review, courses on how to teach online, the 8-month online Community for Deepening Practice course, and the Ultimate Courage Men’s Workshop. With Valley Mindfulness, he teaches MSC, MBSR, and sees private clients. From 2006 through 2013, David was a staff member of the UMass Center for Mindfulness where he taught MBSR and managed the “Oasis” MBSR Teacher Training and Certification Program. For David, his work as a teacher, teacher trainer, and mentor is a true labor of love.

Mila De Koning – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Mila de Koning is a social therapist, nurse and mindfulness and compassion teacher. She has a long professional experience working in (mental) health care with groups. And she worked as a teacher for healthcare professionals.
Since 2011 her focus is mainly on mindfulness and compassion and she started working for the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre where one of her main roles was to bring mindfulness and self-compassion to healthcare. Currently she works as teacher and teacher trainer at the Centrum voor Mindfulness in Amsterdam. She teaches mindfulness and MSC courses and is also a teacher trainer for mindfulness and for mindful self-compassion. One of her great aspirations is to bring mindfulness to healthcare, especially for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Christine Grace McMulkin – Program Online MSC Teacher

Christine is a Certified MSC Teacher, a Teacher Training Practicum Trainer and a Teacher of the Live Online MSC program. Christine also delivers the MSC program through the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto, as well as within her role as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Counselor in a large Medical Centre. Christine is a seasoned mental health clinician, with a Masters of Social Work from University of Toronto and a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counselling from Boston University. Christine was a faculty member, master trainer and field associate with Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation for many years. Christine is deeply invested in cultivating beloved communities and treasures her affiliation with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion. She brings warmth, calmness, humility and a quiet strength to her teaching.

Rose Mina Munjee – Program Online MSC Teacher

Rose Mina Munjee is a Registered Psychotherapist, certified mindfulness facilitator of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Rose Mina is a corporate trainer, technology consultant, and restorative/therapeutic yoga teacher. She also teaches and mentors others at The Center for Mindfulness Studies, University of Toronto, Mindful Wellness, Royal Victoria Hospital, CAMH, and several organizations including MasterCard Foundation, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, and IBM. Rose Mina’s passion is mindfulness practice and teaching. These practices have transformed her life. Rose Mina facilitates for the Circles of Practice and the BIPOC MSC practice group. She also has a private practice and does clinical work in Hospital settings for staff and patients in trauma informed spiritual care and psychotherapy. Her focus is on trauma informed care, somatic practices including craniosacral techniques, and cultivating greater diversity, inclusivity, and belonging for marginalized populations.


September 22, 2020
December 10, 2020