The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Karen Bluth and Lorraine Hobbs are pleased to announce that Making Friends With Yourself, the MSC adaptation for teens, is now being solely managed and directed by CMSC. We expect that this move will provide an important boost to this program, which is already touching and inspiring teens around the globe, with over 200 MFY teachers having been trained thus far. This means that all of the business, marketing, dissemination and teacher training for MFY will be handled alongside MSC by the CMSC administrative and management team.
In announcing this change, CMSC’s Executive Director Steve Hickman said, “We see this move as a celebration of the ‘coming of age’ of MFY and an opportunity to give the program the kind of platform and infrastructure it needs to truly thrive and make a difference in the world.”
Why the change?
With CMSC managing the program, it frees up Lorraine and Karen to continue their other roles with MFY, including offering teacher training around the globe, leading workshops and other programs drawn from or inspired by MFY, and to consider and develop adaptations or applications of MFY for special groups. Both plan to be active and visible proponents of the program around the globe and are happy to hand over the day-to-day management of the program to CMSC.
In the near future, a three-person MFY Advisory Committee will be formed to shepherd and guide the program forward, and CMSC also hopes to ultimately hire an Associate Executive Director for Youth, Family and Education Programs to oversee and direct not only MFY, but other adaptations and programs that are currently in the works. If you have an interest in serving on that Advisory Committee or have other expertise or talents that could help MFY to grow and thrive, please email Steve Hickman at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know how you would like to help.
CMSC is currently working on scheduling an MFY Teacher Training in the US in the spring of 2020, and other TT’s are planned in the Netherlands, Spain, and Korea as well. Regular emailed newsletters are planned for the coming months to keep MFY teachers up to date on the latest news related to MFY, so watch for those in the near future.