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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training (LOTT-16)

Mila De Koning and Ali Lambie

October 5, 2021 - December 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.


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.

Please contact [email protected] 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 September 14, 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 September 14, 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 
    October 5 to December 21 on
    Tuesdays & Thursdays in North & South America, 
    Europe and the United Kingdom time zones. 

    All sessions start at 1800 UTC = 11am PT, 2pm ET, 8pm CET, 7pm GMT (UTC = Coordinated Universal Time).  See Time Zone Conversion and Course Time Zone Schedule section below for more details on determining your local time. 

    LOTT Trainers for this cohort: 
    Mila De Koning and Ali Lambie

    MSC Teachers for this cohort:
    Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher and Helle Laursen

    The Schedule Consists of:

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

    Registration Fees:
    $2195 (US) for the full program. Tuition fee includes a online 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 the LOTT-16 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.

Ali Lambie – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Ali Lambie has an MSc in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Bangor. Prior to training as a mindfulness teacher she was a counsellor for many years and manager of a counselling service within the NHS for the last eight of those. She is a Certified Teacher and Teacher Trainer of MSC and this work is her passion. These days she is fully self-employed teaching MSC and MBSR to general populations and in workplace settings where she lives in the south of England. She also runs several ongoing monthly groups, regular day and weekend retreats as well as 5-day MSC intensives and silent retreats further afield. Ali enjoys supporting other teachers as a supervisor, MSC consultation host and often has newer teachers working alongside her too. She has a deep love of the countryside and part of her practice is mindful walking in the woods each day.

Zoe Shobbrook-Fisher– Program Online MSC Teacher

Zoe is a Certified MSC Teacher and CMSC mentor. She has also been teaching MBSR since 2009, and leads retreats and supervises mindfulness and MSC teachers for the UK Mindfulness Network. She is an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with a private practice. After 11 years working as a student/staff counsellor and group facilitator in a university she set up her own company in south west London, which offers beginner and deepening practice MBSR and MSC courses and residential retreats. She delivers mindfulness and compassion based programmes to a wide range of groups, reflecting her commitment to making these trainings accessible to diverse populations, including workplace and community settings, mental health charities and NHS staff and patients. A lifelong yoga and meditation practitioner she has always been dedicated to paths of the heart and authenticity, and loves sharing the ways that mindful self-compassion supports this for herself and others. She volunteers for an informal network of Mindful Self-Compassion Teachers in the UK and enjoys creative expression and being near trees as much as possible. You can see more about Zoe’s work and blog writing at www.gomindfully.org 

Helle Laursen– Program Online MSC Teacher

Helle Laursen has been a Certified MSC Teacher since 2015, a Heartfulness meditation Trainer, and has a private practice in Silkeborg, Denmark, with 15 + years of experience supporting people on sick leave due to mental health issues. For more than 20 years, she has been a dedicated student of Heartfulness Meditation and enjoys regular visits to Ashrams to deepen her practice. She has taught the LOMSC program for CMSC for the last 4 years and has had 1000+ participants through the program. She is also part of the Live Online Teacher Training and mentoring those teaching their first MSC program. After completing her M.A., she had a position of Leading Mentor Coach in the largest Coach Training Institute in Denmark for 10 + years, as well as holding a position of Head of Project for a regional based 12-week program for those on sick leave from jobs due to mental health issues like stress, depression and or anxiety. In her private practice, she uses mindfulness and compassion-based approaches. Helle works with varied groups, but primarily with social workers, teachers, psychologists, therapists, nurses, and other industries who work in and with relations to clients, citizens, students. She offers individual and corporate compassion programs, classes, workshops, retreats, and hourly consultations. Helle is committed to bringing compassionate awareness into everyday life in a lighthearted way so that that life can be even more enjoyable and rich, and meaningful. For more information about Helle, please visit her website, nordic-compassion.dk.


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