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12-Week Live Online MSC Teacher Training (LOTT-22)

Dawn MacDonald and Christine Grace McMulkin

April 11, 2023 - June 27, 2023

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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 email, [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 March 10, 2023 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 March 21, 2023, 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 March 21, 2023.
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
    April 11 to June 27, 2023
    on Tuesdays and Thursday.

    All sessions start at 7am PT
    (10am ET, 3pm GMT, 4pm CET) 

    See Time Zone Conversion and Course Time Zone Schedule section below for more details on determining your local time.

    LOTT Trainers for this cohort:
    Dawn MacDonald & Christine Grace McMulkin

    MSC Teachers for this cohort:
    Aimee Eckhardt & Rose Mina Munjee


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

    $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 Professional Training.


    Complete the application in full and click the submit button. 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 March 10, 2023 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-22 Course Time Zone Schedule. 

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. 

Christine Grace McMulkin – Live Online Teacher Trainer

Christine Grace McMulkin is a certified, seasoned, and revered Mindful Self Compassion Teacher, a Mindful Self Compassion Teacher Trainer and a Self Compassion Focused Therapist. Christine delivers Mindful Self Compassion programs through the Center for Mindful Self Compassion, the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, within her role as a Mental Health and Wellbeing Counsellor in a Medical Centre Family Health Team, and within Christine Grace and Community. The MSC programs offerings Christine delivers include: the full MSC 8 week program, Live Online MSC (LOMSC), Self Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) and Kristin Neff’s newly created Fierce Self Compassion (FSC) program. Christine also taught the Teaching Self Compassion Online (TSCO) workshop. An MSC Teacher Trainer, Christine supports MSC Teachers in Training through the Live Online Teacher Training (LOTT) program, as a Practicum Teacher and as a Mentor to beginning Teachers as they deliver their first MSC program. Deep devotion to her personal practice continues to be foundational to Christine’s wellbeing. Through navigating times of personal change and challenge, she has learned and lives the importance of being with ourselves in kinder, gentler and emboldening ways. As well as the practices of Mindfulness and Self Compassion, Christine is supported by beach walks at dawn, singing soulful songs, dancing with carefree abandon to some old-fashioned rock and roll, hikes with a beloved golden retriever, heartfelt and laughter filled moments with family and friends, and endless cups of tea. The kettle is on. Christine welcomes connecting with you.

Aimee Eckhardt – Program Online MSC Teacher 

Aimee is a dedicated student and teacher of mindfulness and self-compassion. 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 on hiatus from the chaplaincy program 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. 

Rose Mina Munjee – Program Online MSC Teacher

Rose Mina Munjee is a Registered Psychotherapist, certified mindfulness facilitator of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Rose Mina is a corporate trainer, technology consultant, and restorative/therapeutic yoga teacher. She also teaches and mentors others at The Center for Mindfulness Studies, University of Toronto, Mindful Wellness, Royal Victoria Hospital, CAMH, and several organizations including MasterCard Foundation, Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance, and IBM. Rose Mina’s passion is mindfulness practice and teaching. These practices have transformed her life. Rose Mina facilitates for the Circles of Practice and the BIPOC MSC practice group. She also has a private practice and does clinical work in Hospital settings for staff and patients in trauma informed spiritual care and psychotherapy. Her focus is on trauma informed care, somatic practices including craniosacral techniques, and cultivating greater diversity, inclusivity, and belonging for marginalized populations.


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