This Live Online Teacher Training (LOTT) is Step 1 of the Teacher Training Pathway and includes the following elements:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
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.
Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided 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 hours of credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs:
Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided 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. 32.0 contact hours 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 APA accreditation meets their requirements.
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 Kristen Prater, [email protected], Continuing Education Coordinator with any questions regarding CE credits.
Scholarships Supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging:
Recognizing the societal importance of self-compassion training and the financial realities that many prospective teachers (especially people from diverse and historically under-served communities) may face, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is pleased to offer a number of full and partial scholarships, focused on applications from people of color and those who are members of historically marginalized or under-served communities, and those who wish to serve these populations and communities.
There is a $300 USD non-refundable deposit that as part of your registration fee.
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 Buddy, checking your time zone in correlation to the UTC time on the start date of the LOTT.
Steve Hickman – Live Online Teacher Trainer
Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. As Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, his role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching. Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research.
Dawn MacDonald – Live Online Teacher Trainer
Dawn MacDonald, MSW, RSW has been practicing and teaching mindfulness based interventions for decades. In 2010, after noticing a trend in health care providers to be incredibly self-critical, she invited Dr. Kristin Neff to share her research in a hospital Grand Round. Part of the first cohort of teachers trained in Mindful Self Compassion, Dawn continues to work towards co-creating the conditions to alleviate unnecessary suffering within and between ourselves and in the structures of our institutions. Dawn’s training in mindfulness-based interventions is extraordinarily broad and encompasses MBSR, Compassion Cultivation Training, Mindful Leadership, and, of course MSC. At present, Dawn is a trainer and a certified teacher with the CMSC.
Cassondra Graff – Program Online MSC Teacher
Cassondra is a Certified Instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and a licensed psychotherapist. She holds a Certificate of Competence in Teaching MBSR, Proficient/Advanced via MBI TAC, from Bangor University. Cassondra is the Director of Mentors for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) Online Advanced Skills Trainings. She developed the roles of Self-Compassion Mentor and Affinity Group Facilitator, creating ethical, inclusive and compassionate guidelines to serve a diverse range of participants and optimize learning in Self-Compassion-based public programs. Cassondra taught MBSR for a long-range National Institutes of Health (NIH) research study through UCSD evaluating the potential benefits of mindfulness in the senior aging process. She received her Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York and is licensed as a psychotherapist in California. Cassondra’s work as a mental health professional transformed over the years, becoming mindfulness and compassion based. She offers Mindfulness and Compassion Training worldwide, and is currently based in Arizona.
Brandon Yabko – Program Online MSC Teacher
Brandon Yabko is a licensed psychologist and certified MSC teacher in Salt Lake City, UT. In order to understand Brandon’s story, it is best to understand how he learned about mindfulness. “While in grad school a person told me about mindfulness and how focusing on the breath is so important. I about laughed in their face and said, ‘That’s ridiculous!’” I thought this was for hippies and not for me at all. One day, I went with this person to a conference that, to my surprise, was all about mindfulness. I practiced one time and was hooked ever since. I had never experienced the mind at such a peaceful state as I did in that exercise. The thing is, the person who I laughed at is now my wife! She then told me about self-compassion and once again I laughed it off for 10 years… Now I cannot imagine life without self-compassion. Brandon created one of the first Mindfulness Centers in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and oversees that program as well as Complementary and Integrative Health (CIH). Although he is in a heavy administrative role, he continues to provide MSC to underserved populations within the VA and is a faculty member of the VA’s first national mindfulness facilitator training (VA CALM). Brandon’s areas of interest are in making mindfulness more accessible to everyone, creating brief mindfulness interventions, self- and other-compassion, and valued living.