CMSC is happy to announce this new, online format for MSC Teacher Training.
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 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.
12-Week Training Schedule
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.
David Spound – Live Online Teacher Trainer
David Spound, M.Ed., is a certified teacher and teacher trainer of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). David trained in MSC at the USCD Center for Mindfulness where he continues to serve as a teacher trainer and mentor for new teachers of both MSC and MBSR. David also works with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion on programs that include silent meditation retreats, online teacher training and mentoring, online continuing education for MSC graduates, and self-compassion workshops for men. David trained and served as a staff member at the UMass Center for Mindfulness (founded by MBSR developer Jon Kabat-Zinn) where he taught MBSR and coordinated the MBSR teacher training and certification program.David is also the founder and director of Valley Mindfulness in Northampton, MA.
Dawn MacDonald – Program Online MSC Teacher
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. She is also Director of Patient Relations at the Grace Hospital and a doctoral student in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.
Michael McIntyre – Program Online MSC Teacher
Mike McIntyre received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, was a post-doc in neuropsychology at Cornell, and has taught for many years at the University of Winnipeg. He founded and led the Functional Neuroimaging Program at Canada’s National Research Council. Research on pain and analgesia led him to examine the importance of attention, emotion, and self-compassion to well-being. He loves undergraduate teaching and his university course “Mind, Brain, and, Body” has introduced hundreds of students to the vital connections between well-being and health. At present he is studying the consequences of mindfulness and compassion in health care providers. He teaches, with great satisfaction, Mindful Self-Compassion and believes ardently in self-compassion’s centrality to health and well-being. He has often remarked: “it is difficult to think of a definition of mental health that doesn’t include the ability to be kind to yourself.” In fact, Mike, who lives with a serious chronic illness, credits self-compassion as being critical to his recovery from a period of quadriplegia.
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL