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MSC Teen Teacher Training Application: June 26, 2023

June 26-Aug 3: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs 7-9 am PT (5 weeks total, skip week 2 – July 4th)

Teacher Trainers: Karen Bluth & Dominique Sullivan
MSC-T Teachers: Karen Bluth & Marina Barnes

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Dear applicant,

We have carefully assembled the following questions in order to help select the most suitable candidates for MSC-Teens Teacher Training. Answers will necessarily include personal information, but this information will be viewed by the MSC-Teens Teacher Training Team only and treated confidentially. Should you not want to answer any of the questions in writing, you may note this in the response area for that question and include contact information (telephone or email address) at which you can be contacted to discuss it privately. Similarly, the teacher training team may contact you to have a private conversation in order to clarify some of your answers on the form. Please understand that all other information still needs to be submitted in writing. Thank you.

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Please ensure that you agree to the following statements before completing your application.
I understand that my acceptance is contingent on completion of these prerequisites: 1) Completion of a full MSC course, or the option below. This MSC course may be a standard 8-week program (in-person or online), a 5-Day Intensive MSC, or the CMSC’s Live Online (LOMSC) course. 2) Completion of at least one silent, teacher-led meditation retreat with a duration of at least 3 days, or the silent retreat option below. If you have any questions about whether you meet these requirements, please email [email protected] at the CMSC before you fill out this application.*



1) I understand that the Training Pathway to becoming a Trained Teacher of MSC-T consists of two steps. The first step is the MSC-T Teacher Training Program itself (either the 10-week Live Online or 6-Day In-Person program). The second step is Zoom Mentor Sessions while co-teaching your first MSC-T Course. While co-teaching your first 8-week course, teachers-in-training must enroll in a series of 5 individual zoom mentor sessions. I understand that each of these steps has a cost associated with it, and I agree not to begin teaching MSC-T prior to the completion of the Teacher Training Program AND the Consultation sessions. Furthermore, I understand that completion of all these two steps is required to earn the title of "Trained Teacher of MSC-T".*
2) The intention of the MSC-T Teacher Training is to prepare people to teach the MSC-T program in the standard 8-week format only and I understand that only Certified MSC-T Teachers may teach intensive programs or other forms of MSC-T.*
3) If English is not my native language, I understand that I must be able to fully participate in this training program as a speaker, listener, and reader of training materials in English.*
4) In order to have the necessary basic knowledge and resources for teaching, we ask all participants to purchase the following books prior to the start of the program:*
“Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program” by Germer and Neff, 2019, Guilford Press. “The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive” by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. A full list of recommended and required reading is listed on this page. https://centerformsc.org/teach-msc-latest/
5) It is possible that during the training program, a member of the teacher training team may ask you to strengthen various personal or professional skills prior to your enrolling in the Teacher Training Practicum.*
6) By completing this application, I am stating that I understand the cost of the program, and I am fully committed to participating in the program if accepted.*
7) By completing this application, I am stating that I have reviewed the full schedule for the course and none of the sessions extends before 6 am or after 11 pm in my local area. (If this is not the case, I have special circumstances described below that I wish to have considered.)*
8) By completing this application, I understand that full attendance at all sessions is required in order for me to successfully complete the program.*


Please explain how you meet the MSC-Teens Teacher Training pre-requisites by answering the following questions.
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5. Have you ever been turned down from an MSC-T Teacher Training? If yes, what have you done to fulfill the prerequisites since being declined?

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