Intensive 6-day MSC Teacher Training
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.
At the completion of the above mentioned is activities, participants should be able to:
Deepen one’s personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion.
Understand the current 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 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.
Embody a mindful and compassionate stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice.
Please read the following prior to attending the training. All books are available on our Amazon Bookshelf.
Kristin Neff: Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
Christopher Germer: The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion
Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer (available to purchase from August 15, 2019) Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals
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 Nef
Certificate of Attendance
Upon completion of the MSC Teacher Training, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Center for MSC stating that he or she has attended the TT in its entirety and can start teaching MSC as a Teacher Trainee.
Trained Teacher Designation
The purpose of the 6-day Teacher Training is to establish a basic level of training and proficiency sufficient to begin offering the program to the general public. To receive MSC Trained Teacher status, graduates of the Teacher Training are also expected to receive consultation while teaching at least one 8-week MSC program, either by co-facilitating with a certified MSC teacher or through online group consultation offered through the Center for MSC. All Trained Teachers are eligible to be listed on the Center for MSC website in a Directory of Trained Teachers.
Although I was very anxious about the teach-backs, this was the greatest learning possibility I had in years. I appreciate the warmth, love and non-judgemental approach a lot.
Trained Teacher status is a key step toward Certification. Certification is a process of ensuring that an individual has achieved full competency through experience, training and supervision over a period of time and practice. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness offers certification in conjunction with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Please see their MSC Certification Pathway if you have further questions about Certification.
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MSC program, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.), and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.).
The prerequisites for taking the MSC Teacher Training are:
Established daily mindfulness practice of at least two years.
Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice.
Ongoing practice of loving-kindness and self-compassion in daily life.
Attendance in at least one 5-day silent, teacher-led meditation retreat.
Previous participation in a five-day or eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training.
Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings.
You do not have to be a clinician to take the MSC Teacher Training.
You must allow at least 6 months to elapse between completing your MSC course and beginning Teacher Training. This will allow you to reflect on whether you really want to begin the teaching journey. However, you may register for teacher training at any time after you complete the MSC course.
We strongly recommend that the silent, teacher-led meditation retreat be completed more than two months prior to your attendance at the Teacher Training.
You do not have to be a mental health clinician to take the MSC Teacher Training.