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.
Prerequisites for attending a MSC Teacher Training:
- 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 residential meditation retreat of any kind, at a location of your choosing. (You can also find a list of local retreat centers on the country-specific webpages, or attend one of the silent retreats offered by MSC teachers)
- Previous participation in an 8-week MSC course or 5-day MSC Intensive. 2-day Core Skills Workshops, Online MSC and shorter workshops do not satisfy this criteria.
- Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings
- 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.
- You do not have to be a mental health clinician to take the MSC Teacher Training.
- Participation in the teacher training is subject to approval by the teacher trainers.
What is MSC Teacher Training?
MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day, residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. Half of the training is a condensed, experiential review of the MSC program, integrating short talks, meditation, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. The other half of the program focuses on how to teach the core themes and skills of each session in simulated, guided, small groups. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MSC.
The primary purpose of this Teacher Training is to train attendees to teach the MSC program in its 8-week form. Intensive formats require significant experience in teaching the 8-week program and it is recommended that only Certified MSC teachers teach the program in an intensive format.
Learning Objectives of the MSC Teacher Training
- 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, 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 MSC as they confront challenges to their practice
This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach MSC, 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.).