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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training

Beth Mulligan and Michelle Becker

July 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am - September 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm UTC-8

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CMSC is happy to announce this new, online format for MSC 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.



  1. Scheduling

    The training begins on July 6 and ends on September 23.

    There are two sessions each week for 12 weeks. All sessions start at 11am Pacific Time.

    The schedule consists of:

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

    Registration Fees

    $2195 (US) for the full program.

    Application Process

    Please ensure you meet all the pre-requisites and then submit your application form.

    The application deadline is June 7 midnight PDT.

    CMSC will review your application. If approved, you will be invited to register and submit your payment online. 

Click Here to Apply


Michelle Becker – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Michelle Becker is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego, utilizing mindfulness and compassion based approaches to psychotherapy. In addition she is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, Compassion Cultivation Training, and The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. Michelle is a senior teacher trainer, mentor, and co-founder of the teacher-training program in Mindful Self-Compassion. She teaches and speaks on the topics of compassion for self and others nationally and internationally, especially in regard to relationships, healthcare, and the workplace. She particularly delights in supporting compassion teachers.

Beth Mulligan – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Beth Mulligan PA-C is a certified MBSR teacher, teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty through the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. She currently teaches at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UCI and Insight LA. Beth teaches the 10-week and nine-day practicum for teachers in training nationally and internationally. Beth is a certified Mindful Self Compassion teacher and teacher trainer and does international training for the Center for Mindful Self Compassion.

Megan Prager – Program Online Teacher Trainer

Megan Prager is Compassion Programs Director at UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness and Co-Founder of Mindful Labs. She is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), and an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University. In addition to teaching programs, she is a Mentor and Teacher Trainer for various Mindfulness-based programs, and specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness and compassion trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. Megan found MSC in her own moments of difficulty and anxiety, and each day feels grateful for the support of her own practice and teachers. Nothing brings her greater joy than exploring and sharing the practices of compassion with others. 

Aimee Eckhardt – Program Online Teacher Trainer

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. 


July 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am
September 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm





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