The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) offers MSC in a live online format. LOMSC (Live-Online MSC) is the most comprehensive MSC training you can take at this time. This program has the same content as an MSC program offered in person and is taught only by Certified MSC teachers over 10 weeks. LOMSC offers a virtual classroom with additional learning materials as well as a discussion board for community engagement. LOMSC is also appropriate for those people who do not have access to MSC in their area, who have commitments or mobility issues that make it difficult to leave home to do a course, or who have already done MSC and would like a refresher. LOMSC also satisfies the prerequisite for MSC teacher training.
Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or concerns.
Due to these challenging times we are offering a Special Compassionate Discount of $200 off of LOMSC. For those who can afford to, please consider paying at the full rate of $575, or the Intro session discount of $475 to help support scholarships for those in need. We hope to be of support to you learning the powerful practices of MSC in a compassionate community. DISCOUNT CODE for compassionate discount: COMPASSIONMSC – please use “General Registration” and then add this code to pay $375. If you want to get CEs please use the following code COMPASSIONMSC+CES
We offer a different rate for participants living in certain countries taking into account Local Purchasing Power. Participants in the following countries can register for US $350: • Central & South America & The Caribbean (excluding Chile) • South East Asia (excluding Singapore and Malaysia) • Eastern Europe • Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal • Africa (excluding South Africa)
A limited number of scholarships are available. You can apply for a scholarship using this form LOMSC Scholarship Application. Places will be offered in the order application forms are received, we receive hundreds of applications so we are not able to help everyone. We appreciate your patience and understanding in advance. Places are confirmed once payment is received. (Please note that scholarships are based on personal financial need, separate from being financially over-extended or over-committed.)
Classes are small to allow plenty of time with the teacher, and so that everyone in the group has an opportunity to feel seen and heard throughout the course. There are usually around 25-30 participants at a live session. The class meets via Zoom video and we ask you to come prepared as if in a live classroom. Please make sure to block out your time and have your video on so you can participate fully in class. All live Zoom video sessions are recorded and are available exclusively to the class in view only mode (they are not downloadable) for the duration of the course. As a class we agree to maintain strict confidentiality and use of the videos are for personal review only. Please note that sharing in the small group breakout sessions is not recorded.
LOMSC offers around 95% of the material from the MSC program developed by Kristin Neff, PhD and Christopher Germer, PhD. The course is run weekly for 10 consecutive weeks (there may be a break for a week to accommodate holidays and teacher availability). MSC is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. Although MSC offers conceptual learning it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical. MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.
LOMSC Objectives: At the completion of this activity, participants will begin to:
Participants will be invited to view reading material and informational videos before each class so that our precious class time can be saved for meditations, exercises and group sharing. Classes are 2 hours long, however one session will be a 3-hour online retreat. Please Note: LOMSC is offered for those over the age of 20. We strongly recommend that individuals younger than 20 seek out the teen version of MSC called “Mindful Self-Compassion for Teens” in their area. For more information, consult the program’s page on this website.
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 23.0 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. 23.0 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. Nurses: UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16351, for 27.5 CE credit. Fees for CE credit: $75 (Submit when registering). *Must attend all classes live to receive credits.
There are no prerequisites for LOMSC, however, we will ask you to complete an application form so that we can start to get to know you.
Course registration fees will be refunded or transferred to future LOMSC dates if a cancellation occurs up to 2 weeks before a course begins. A 50% refund or the option to transfer to a future LOMSC will be offered if cancelling up to a week before a course begins. No refunds can be offered if cancelling later than a week before a course begins (except on compassionate grounds for extenuating circumstances). To process any refund there will be a fee charged by the system: $45 for general admission and developing countries and $25 for scholarships refunds. The refund will only be for tuition fees, and any miscellaneous expenses incurred related to this course will not be refunded. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Laura at [email protected]. We hope to see you online soon, and we also hope that whatever your practice is, it leads to more mindfulness and more self-compassion in your day!
Megan is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor (MBSR), a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Instructor (MSC), a Certified Compassion Cultivation Instructor (CCT), an Adjunct Faculty member at San Diego State University, and a Lecturer at UC San Diego Rady Business School. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Mentor for the UC San Diego Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute as well as a Mentor and Practicum Teacher Trainer for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. In addition to teaching Mindfulness-based programs,
Megan specializes in developing and delivering mindfulness trainings for Fortune 500 companies as well as for educational, healthcare, and academic settings. She is currently collaborating with Universities to establish and instruct Mindfulness and Compassion courses at the collegiate level. In all her ventures, Megan’s passion and mission are the same: to empower individuals with an understanding of the important role they play in shaping their lives and well being. Megan believes through compassionate awareness individuals are able to utilize one of the best resources they have: themselves.
Jorge Armesto is a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in Rhode Island, where I serve linguistically and culturally diverse communities. Working within a Buddhist psychology and yogic perspectives, his work seeks to understand how multiple sources of oppression and resiliency intersect and inform the lived experiences of people. He is section faculty at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy yearlong certificate program (), serves as a consulting psychologist at Bristol Community College Counseling Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, and facilitate professional consultation groups through the Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program.
He is passionate about the intersection of psychology, mindfulness, spirituality, and body-focused practices. He believes that we transform suffering by connecting heart, body, mind, and spirit. In his individual and group work, he focus on deep listening and heart-felt connection. Exploring ways in which we can be more compassionate toward ourselves and others and connect with our bodies is central to his clinical practice and teaching.
In addition to his work as a life mentor and psychotherapist, I offer compassion- and mindfulness-based trainings, lectures, and retreats. As a Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) teacher, he facilitates this 8-week program in various organizations and community settings such as The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance () and the Providence VA Hospital. As a certified yoga therapist, he facilitate body-focused practices in my life mentoring, teaching, and clinical work. He believes that listening to our body’s wisdom is essential in promoting overall health.
Hid spiritual practice focuses on applying Dharma teachings to help alleviate individual and community suffering. He practices in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition and he is an aspirant to the Order of Interbeing. There are many ways he cultivates seeds of joy including cooking, dancing to the Afro-Cuban rhythms of salsa, building community, and spending time with family, friends, nature, and my poodle, Tashi.
RoseMina Munjee, RP, MBCT, MBSR, MSC, MBA, BMath, CYT, CST, AMM-Mind, MPS candidate. RoseMina Munjee is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice, experienced mindfulness teacher, mentor, corporate trainer, craniosacral practitioner, and restorative/therapeutic yoga teacher. She teaches at the Center for Mindfulness Studies, Center for Mindful Self Compassion, University of Toronto, MGC, and is a managing director at Mindful Wellness and several corporations. RoseMina facilitates evidence-based mindfulness programs including MBSR, MBCT and MSC. She also has a private practice and does clinical work in health-care and public health settings in trauma informed care, mindfulness and psychotherapy. Her focus is on trauma informed care, somatic, affective, neuroscience-based practices including craniosacral techniques, social justice, and cultivating greater diversity, inclusivity and belonging for marginalized populations. RoseMina also writes about mindfulness, trauma informed care and social justice related topics and she is a Master’s student at University of Toronto in Spiritual Care (MPS – Buddhist Studies and Psychotherapy, with a focus on mindfulness). She can be reached at [email protected].
Markus Bohlmann is using the pronouns he/him or er/sein, and is also happy when being addressed with no pronouns. Markus (MA, MSc, PhD) is a certified MSC teacher and is also certified in MBCT as well as trained in other mindfulness programs. He has led queer meditation groups and facilitated the MSC course to a queer audience internationally. Markus is faculty at the Center for Mindfulness Studies and Mindfulness Everyday in Toronto, Canada, coordinator of CMSC’s worldwide translations of the MSC programs, member of CMSC’s DEIB committee (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging), team leader of CMSC’s LGBTQIAP2S+ Affinity Group, Circles of Practice, amongst other things. Markus is co-creator of the LOMSC queer adaptation of the mindful self-compassion program. He loves to travel and enjoys nature. He teaches in English and in German.