Mindful Self-Compassion (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.
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.
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
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.
This program is sponsored 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.
This activity is an approved continuing education program by the American Psychological Association. 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.
Please submit the $75 USD fee when registering.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding CE credits.
Payment Plans & Cancellation Policy:
Partial payments are acceptable; however a non-refundable and non-transferable minimum deposit of $300 is due upon registration. All remaining balances must be paid in full by March 3, 2022 or your registration may be canceled for non-payment and you will not be permitted to attend.
Rolling Ridge is located in a beautiful, wooded area situated on Lake Cochincheisk, with 38 acres of explorable land. The Retreat Center is charming and unique, and offers a warm gathering space for retreat participants.
To plan your stay, including travel arrangements, our health & safety plans, please view this downloadable and printable “Planning Your Stay“ document.
For more information about Rolling Ridge Retreat Center please visit this link https://www.rollingridge.org.
Given the uncertainty imposed upon us all by the pandemic, there is a possibility that plans may need to change for this event. For this reason, we strongly advise you to refrain from making non-refundable travel arrangements until (at most) 60 days prior to the start of the event. We will keep you informed about any potential changes in plans in the meantime.
Anna Friis – MSC Certified Teacher & Teacher Trainer
Dr Anna Friis is a New-Zealand registered health psychologist and a Certified teacher of MSC. Her PhD culminated in a randomized controlled trial of the MSC eight-week program with published results that showed improvements in both psychological and physiological outcomes. She works with private clients, specialising in mindfulness and self-compassion-based therapies, as well as giving frequent public talks and seminars on the mind-body health benefits of these practises. She is a devoted yogini and is deeply committed to practicing and sharing mindful self-compassion as a pathway to wellbeing and peace.
Dawn MacDonald – MSC Certified Teacher & 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. 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.