Many people feel grateful for the profound effect of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) in their lives and wish to share it with others.
The foundation for teaching MSC to others is to embody the qualities of mindfulness and self-compassion and to have a daily, personal practice. Prospective teachers are supported by CMSC through every step in the journey to becoming a trained or certified MSC teacher. MSC teachers are often deeply moved by the transformation of their participants and honored to share in this transformation. Some say teaching MSC makes their practice even deeper and more meaningful, and feels like a natural extension of self-compassion into the world.
There are 3 designations of MSC teachers:
The first step toward becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher is to take a 6-day MSC Teacher Training program (TT). After the TT, participants are known as Teachers-in-Training.
Prerequisites for attending a 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; MSC
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
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 in Training. Teachers in Training are considered a Trained MSC Teacher only after completing 10 online consultation sessions (described below, at a cost of $40 per session) and are asked to represent themselves accurately regarding these designations in all promotional material.
The process of becoming a fully trained MSC teacher in conjunction with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion encompasses all of the pre-requisites for attending the MSC Teacher Training (TT), as well as the following additional requirements:
Trained teachers can be listed on the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website along with their MSC programs (see www.CenterForMSC.org). In the future MSC teachers will be expected to engage in continuing education in order to maintain their affiliation with CMSC (not yet available).
Certification is verification of a teacher’s competence whereas the designation of Trained MSC teacher simply recognizes that a person has completed the requisite training activities. This level of training and verification is highly recommended for those who continue to teach the program, and offers a number of opportunities and advantages as well. The designation of Certification indicates that the individual has been individually mentored by an expert MSC teacher, has received specialized advanced training in teaching the program, has taught a significant number of MSC courses and had his or her teaching reviewed by an expert MSC teacher for competence.
Advantages of becoming a Certified MSC Teacher include:
Furthermore, all CMSC Teacher Trainers, Mentors and Teacher Training Consultants are required to be Certified as well. Thus, those who hope to potentially serve in those roles must obtain certification in order to be considered for these positions.