Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine & Public Health. As Executive Director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Dr Hickman’s 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 Founder and Executive Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 15 years and has trained teachers of MBSR, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is an MSC Teacher Trainer as well. He leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world.
Vanessa Hope has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 35 years and is currently studying with a Zen teacher. She practiced as a Homeopath for 18 years and now work full-time as a Mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Trainer, teaching and deepening into the practices that have sustained her for so many years.
She has taught Mindfulness courses since 2001 and has been a member of the Core Training Team for the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University, UK, since 2004. she taught for 5 years on their MSC in Mindfulness-Based Approaches and I facilitate on their Professional Training Programmes and is also a supervisor and mentor for Mindfulness teachers.
She has written two chapters for Sarah Silverton’s book ‘The Mindfulness Breakthrough’ (currently being re-launched as ‘The Mindfulness Key’) which has been translated into 8 languages.
In 2014, she was fortunate to train to teach the Mindful Self Compassion Course with Chris Germer and Kristin Neff and is now a Certified Teacher and Trainer in MSC. This has enabled Vanessa to add a rich vein to her teaching by bringing compassion centre stage.
Ali Lambie began teaching mindfulness in 2011 and regularly teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) courses for the general public, for GPs and for those affected by cancer. In addition to 8-week courses she offers day and weekend retreats as well as ongoing monthly groups (mindfulness / self-compassion), drop in sessions and other workshops by arrangement. She has regularly taught 5-day intensive Mindful Self-Compassion courses and Mindfulness & Self-Compassion retreats for Bangor University for several years and now teaches both for the Mindfulness Network.
She taught Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) when working in the NHS where she was Manager of the Primary Care Counseling Service for Southampton. She has been fully self-employed as a mindfulness teacher since leaving the NHS in 2014 after 18 years. She is based in Hampshire, England, UK.