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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training (LOTT-19) - CANCELLED

Tina Gibson and Anna Friis

May 11, 2022 - July 28, 2022

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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 required prerequisites 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. Full attendance is required to successfully complete the program and move to the next step, although accommodations may be made in exceptional situations. 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.

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.  

Scholarships can be requested on the LOTT Application Form, as part of the course application process. (See “Application Process” in the right side-bar.) Please apply by April 6, 2022 if you wish to be considered for a scholarship. 

Cancellation Policy:

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

If you cancel by April 20, 2022, you will be refunded all monies paid except the $300 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds may take up to 60 days to receive.
No refunds will be given after April 20, 2022.
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.

    Course runs for 12 weeks from
    May 11 to July 28, 2022
    Wednesday/Thursday in North & South America, and Thursday/ Friday in Australia & Asia time zones 

    All sessions start at 2300 UTC =
    4pm PT, 7pm ET, 7am Hong Kong/ Singapore, 8:30am 
    (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:
    Tina Gibson & Anna Friis

    MSC Teachers for this cohort:
    Marcia Burton & Siri Chandler


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

    $25 non-refundable application fee.
    $2195 for the full program tuition (includes $300 non-refundable fee)
    Tuition fee includes the online MSC Teacher Guide. 

    $75 for CEs (optional)


    Before you apply, please ensure you have met ALL of the required prerequisites. No exceptions will be granted. To review them, please visit the MSC Teach Page

    If after you review the prerequisites you are not sure about your qualifications, please email [email protected].

    Complete the application and pay the non-refundable $25 fee. Scholarships can be requested on this application form.    

    CMSC will review your application and let you know whether you have been accepted,  within 2 weeks of submitting your form. Scholarships will be decided 1 month prior to the course start date, so please apply by April 6, 2022 to be considered.

    Upon acceptance, you will be provided with a link to register for the LOTT of your choice. Once you register and pay, you will be considered enrolled in the teacher training. Payment plans are available.

    Please Note: Acceptance of an application does not automatically enroll you into a course. You must register and pay to be considered enrolled. 

    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-19 Course Time Zone Schedule. 

Tina Gibson – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Tina 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 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.

Anna Friis – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Dr Anna Friis is a New-Zealand registered health psychologist and a Certified teacher of MSC. Her PhD culminated in a randomized controlled trial of the MSC eight-week program with published results that showed improvements in both psychological and physiological outcomes. She works with private clients, specialising  in mindfulness and self-compassion-based therapies, as well as giving frequent public talks and seminars on the mind-body health benefits of these practises. She is a devoted yogini and is deeply committed to practicing and sharing mindful self-compassion as a pathway to wellbeing and peace.


Marcia Burton – Program Online MSC Teacher

Marcia Burton has a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, living in British Columbia, Canada. She maintains a private practice in counselling and supervision of counsellors. She is a Senior Trainer in Hakomi (a mindfulness-based, compassion-focused method of psychotherapy), and is a Certified MSC Teacher and Teacher Training Practicum Trainer. Marcia is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness and has been teaching mindfulness-based, compassion-focused methods for many years. She self-identifies as a “slow learner” and is delighted to consider herself a life-long student of MSC! She is grateful to have the opportunity to share the adventure of mindful self-compassion with others, and to support others to find their own authentic expression of MSC to enhance their lives. Marcia brings a combination of gentleness, compassion, humour and playfulness to her work.


Siri Chandler – Program Online MSC Teacher

Siri Chandler is a Certified MSC Teacher and 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 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


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