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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training

Mila De Koning and David Spound

April 2, 2021 - June 21, 2021

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This Live Online Teacher Training (LOTT) is Step 1 of the Teacher Training Pathway and includes the following elements:

  1. A cohort of 24 trainees who have met all the usual pre-requisites for MSC Teacher Training, including: having taken the MSC course greater than six months prior to the training; having an established practice of mindfulness and compassion; and having completed a 5-day or longer teacher-led, silent residential meditation retreat. NOTE: No exceptions to these requirements will be made.
  2. Registrants will complete a Teacher Training application during the registration process that will also include an item or two addressing online learning and the registrants concerns or desires about this format of training.
  3. Upon acceptance into the training, all participants are required to purchase the Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program book and to read Part 1 of that book prior to the start of the training.
  4. Trainees must attend and participate in ALL scheduled sessions to successfully complete the program. Trainees who miss more than one session of the MSC course or the teacher training component may not be allowed to complete the training

 

 Training Sessions Include:
  1. Two initial introductory 3-hour sessions in the first week. 
  2. Nine-week, 3 hours per session MSC course (led by two Certified MSC teachers who are not the Teacher Trainers), with a one-week break in Week Eight of LOTT.
  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). There are two Teachback sessions (in Week Six and Seven) that are 3 hours long.
  4. A final 3-hour wrap-up session to address next steps, nuts and bolts of teaching MSC and CMSC policies, procedures and ethical guidelines.
  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.

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.

Psychologists:

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.

Nurses:

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.

Please contact gail@centerformsc.org with any questions regarding CE credits.

 

Cancellation Policy

There is a $300 USD non-refundable deposit that is part of your application fee.

If you cancel by March 12, 2021 you will be refunded all monies paid except the $300 non-refundable application fee. Refunds may take up to 60 days to receive.

No refunds will be given after March 12, 2021.

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:

    Course runs for 12 weeks from
    April 2 to June 21. 

    All sessions start at 1400 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time). See Course Time Zone Schedule for details. See Time Zone Converstion section below for more details on determining your local time. 

    MSC Teachers for this cohort:
    Aimee Eckhardt and Dennis Johnson

    The Schedule Consists of:

    1. 3-Hour MSC sessions on Fridays
    2. 1.75-Hour Teachback sessions on Tuesdays (with a few exceptions – see table below)
     

    Registration Fees:
    $2195 (US) for the full program. Tuition fee includes a digital copy of the MSC Teacher Guide. Hard copy is available for purchase once you are a Teacher-in-Training.

    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 24 people. Early registration advised.

Time Zone Conversion and Course Time Zone Schedule

By virtue of being online, the LOTT draws trainees from all around the globe. Different regions and time zones may shift at different times during the 12-week LOTT. CMSC uses UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to anchor the time for these programs. 

In order to determine your local time zone relative to the UTC start time for this course, please visit a time convertor site like World Time Buddychecking your time zone in correlation to the UTC time on the start date of the LOTT. 

Click here to view this LOTT Course Time Zone Schedule.  

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.

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.

Aimee Eckhardt – Program Online MSC Teacher 

Aimee is a dedicated student and teacher of mindfulness and self-compassion. She received her MSC training through CMSC, where she also serves as Communications Manager. Aimee is the creator of the MSC Community for Deepening Practice and a co-founding member of the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness in Kansas City, MO. She’s also a chaplain-in-training at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, where she’s studying contemplative end-of-life care. Her teaching style is warm, accessible, and creative. It is rooted in her deep respect for that which is shared by all she encounters: a heartfelt desire to be loved exactly as we are. 

Dennis Johnson – Program Online MSC Teacher 

Dennis has an academic background in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies and previously worked as a librarian, translator, editor and interpreter. Since 2012, he has pursued additional training in various mindfulness-based, psychosocial and psychotherapeutic interventions, including a clinical research internship at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Dennis first encountered the soothing and encouraging quality of self-compassion at an MSC Intensive with Chris Germer in 2015, and he has since continued exploring the landscapes of the heart through the MSC Community for Deepening Practice and MSC Teacher Training. These days, he teaches MBSR and MSC courses, lectures at the Mindfulness Academy Vienna and works as a sociotherapeutic attendant with people in extreme states of mind at Windhorse Integral Mental Health. To learn more about Dennis please visit www.dennis-johnson.com

Details

Start:
April 2, 2021
End:
June 21, 2021

Venue

Live Online

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