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MSC Teacher Training (Full), 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley , CA , United States

Steve Hickman and Chris Germer and Michelle Becker and Regula Saner

January 5, 2020 - January 11, 2020

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MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MSC programs. 

For more information about what the MSC Teacher Training consists of, standard pre-requisites and required reading for attendance, please click here.




Jan 5-11, 2020 • 1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA
Non-refundable deposit
$200 “Early-Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full on or before November 5, 2019 Early-Bird Rate
On or Before
Nov 5, 2019
On or After
Nov 6, 2019
Registration* $1595 $1795
Lodging and Meals

There will be a limited number of  the following accommodation types, available on a first come, first serve basis.

Deluxe Single Room with private bath
$365 per night  
Deluxe Double Room with private bath 
$275 per night
Redwood Pods with shared hall bath 
$214 per night
Standard Single with shared hall bath 
$280 per night
Standard Double with shared hall bath 
$230 per night

*Registration fee includes tuition and materials. For more information about payments and cancelations please see below.


Required Application Form

Upon submission of your registration and deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a short essay “Self-Reflection on the Journey of Becoming a Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion” to read and an online MSC Teacher Training Application to complete. In the application, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites, and to share in 200 words your reasons for taking the training and your reflections on the essay.

Your application for this training will not be taken into consideration until the application form has been submitted. Should your qualifications not be accepted for admittance, a full refund will be granted.

Payments and Cancelations

Registration fee includes tuition and materials.

Partial Payments

Partial payments are acceptable; however a non-refundable and non-transferable minimum deposit is due upon registration.

Please be aware that the early-bird rate is available for all participants who register and pay their balance in full by the early-bird deadline (see registration information above). All early-bird rate participants who have a remaining balance on or after the early-bird deadline will have their fees automatically adjusted to the General Session Rate.

All remaining balances must be paid in full by December 15 or your registration will be canceled for non-payment and you will not be permitted to attend.

Cancellation Policy

A refund (minus your non-refundable and non-transferable deposit) will be made for cancellations submitted in writing 30 days prior to the training. No refunds will be allowed after that date.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is responsible only for a full refund of the registration fee and not for transportation, hotel accommodations or any miscellaneous expenses.

Accommodation booking

The link for booking accommodations at 1440 is provided in the confirmation email when you register.

Rooms are subject to a 10% room tax and 9% food and beverage tax. Please see the 1440 Multiversity site regarding accommodation cancellations/refunds.

Accommodation reservations will close at 1440 Multiversity end of day on November 27, 2019.  You will no longer be able to make reservations at 1440 Multiversity with our group from November 28 onwards.

Scholarship Funds Supporting Equity, Inclusion and Diversity – APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Recognizing the societal importance of self-compassion training and the financial realities that many prospective teachers (especially people from diverse and historically underserved communities) may face, the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to attend the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training. Through the generosity of the Krame Family Foundation, CMSC is able to offer a number of “full-ride” scholarships covering the registration fee, focused on applications from people of color and those who are members of historically marginalized or underserved communities, and those who wish to serve these populations and communities. 

Applicants for the scholarships are asked to register for the training (the initial deposit WILL be refundable for scholarship applicants who do not receive an award) and submit the required essay to kim@centerformsc.org . The approximately one-page essay should address the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to attend this training, and what are the specific financial or other barriers to your attending? (Please note that scholarships are based on personal financial need, separate from being financially over-extended or over-committed.)
  • How do you imagine implementing or integrating MSC into your life?
  • Do you have intentions for offering MSC in diverse, underserved or underprivileged settings? If so, please describe, and note if you, yourself, are also a member of these communities and populations.

All applicants will be notified whether their scholarship application has been successful 3 months prior to the course start date.

Continuing Education Credits & Training Objectives

At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Deepen one’s personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion
  • Summarize current basic theory and research on self-compassion
  • Identify the core themes and be able to implement practices presented in each of the eight group sessions of MSC, plus the retreat day
  • Develop the skills necessary to facilitate MSC groups, including how to guide meditation, teach from each participant’s direct experience, and facilitate group cohesion
  • Apply advanced mindful self-compassion principles and practices in teaching patients, students, or clients
  • Engage in real-time interactive sessions to demonstrate teaching skills and receive feedback and assessment from instructors
  • Identify obstacles to mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming them
  • Embody a mindful and compassionate stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice

Continuing education credits for participation in this program are available for an additional fee.  

Psychologists: 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.

Training Schedule

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Day One
Registration: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
First Session: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Day Two-Six
Optional Morning Practice: 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Session: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Evening Session: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Day Seven
Optional Morning Practice: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Final Session: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 noon

Required Reading
The following article and books are required references for all MSC teachers, but it is not necessary to read any of them before coming to Teacher Training. 

Recommended Reading

  • Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristin Neff
  • The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher Germer
  • Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness: Practices for Safe and Transformative Healing by David Treleaven
  • Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy by Christopher Germer and Ronald Siegel
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Second Edition by Christopher Germer, Ronald Siegel and Paul Fulton
  • The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert
  • The Mindfulness Solution by Ronald Siegel
  • Self-Compassion: Step by Step. CD set by Kristin Neff

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Frequently Asked Questions – click here

For all other queries, please contact Kim Levan: kim@centerformsc.org




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1440 Multiversity
800 Bethany Drive
1440 Multiversity, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 United States
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