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CANCELED: MSC Teacher Training, Mahwah , NJ , United States

Steve Hickman and Ali Lambie and Chris Germer and Michelle Becker

August 9, 2020 - August 15, 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. 

Please note, this residential training is the first step in a three-step process towards becoming a fully trained MSC teacher authorized to teach the 8-week MSC course. For more information about the MSC teacher training pathway, including pre-requisites and stages of training, please view this page on Becoming an MSC Teacher.



August 9-15, 2020 • Hindu Samaj, New Jersey
Non-refundable deposit
Registration Fee

*$200 “Early-Bird Discount” if you register and pay in full on or before June 9, 2020. Standard rate applies on or after June 10, 2020

Registration fee includes tuition, materials, facility costs and all materials. For more information about payments and cancelations please see below.

Early-Bird Rate*

Tuition & Materials $1596

Facility Fee $824


Total Registration Fee



Standard Rate

Tuition & Materials $1795

Facility Fee $824


Total Registration Fee




Application Process

Applying for Teacher Training is a three-step process:

1. Complete the Registration Form  and pay your deposit

2. Complete the Teacher Training Application Form (a link will be provided with your registration confirmation)

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 place on the teacher training is not confirmed until your Teacher Training Application Form is formally approved.  Should you not meet the pre-requisites and your application be turned down, a full refund will be granted.

3. Book your Accommodation

Once your application is approved then you can book your accommodation. Details below.



Payments and Cancelations

Registration fee includes tuition and facility costs.

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 July 9 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.


You are welcome to stay in any accommodation of your choice, local to the venue. We recommend staying at Mahwah Fairfield Inn. which offers a special discounted rate for our group and is a 2 minute walk from the training venue. The cost is $119 plus taxes and fees, which comes to $136.40 a night per room, for a Single or Double.
Here is the link to book the special rate online. We do not recommend booking until your place on the course is confirmed.

Please note that the venue for this event has changed. The training will now take place at Hindu Saraj (next door to Ramapo College and Mahwah Fairfield  Inn).
Hindu Samaj, Inc.
247 West Ramapo Ave., (entrance from Route 202)
Mahwah, NJ 07430, USA
Please visit this page for further information about the venue.

Scholarship Funds Supporting Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

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 and partial 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. 

Scholarship applicants are asked to register for the training first (the initial deposit WILL be refundable for scholarship applicants who do not receive an award) and then complete this MSC TT Scholarship Application Form.

All applicants will be notified whether or not 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:

  • 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 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 CE 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 CE credit 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 CE credit is accepted.

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 38.25 contact hours.

Social Workers
CEs for Social Workers may be offered pending approval by NASW.

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


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



August 9, 2020
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Hindu Samaj
247 West Ramapo Ave.
Mahwah, NJ 07430 United States
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