Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training Pathway

There are 3 designations of MSC teachers: 

  • Teacher in Training
  • Trained MSC Teacher
  • Certified MSC Teacher

Teacher in Training

The first step toward becoming a Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher is to take a six-day MSC Teacher Training program (TT). The next MSC teacher training in the UK will be hosted by the Sussex Mindfulness Centre and you can find more information at http://sussexmindfulnesscentre.nhs.uk/events/masterclasses/.

Prerequisites for attending a MSC Teacher Training are:

  • Previous participation in a five-day or eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion course (Please note: You must allow at least six months to elapse between completing your MSC course and beginning Teacher Training. However the five-day MSC Course in September 2018 will act as a qualification to apply for the Teacher Training in February 2019) 
  • 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 five-day silent, teacher-led meditation retreat
  • 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 Mindful Self Compassion stating that he or she has attended the TT in its entirety and can start teaching MSC as a Teacher in Training.


Trained MSC Teacher

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:

  • Completion of the MSC Teacher Training (TT)
  • Teaching or co-teaching a full eight-week MSC group course (after Teacher Training) with at least eight participants
  • Active participation in 10 online consultation sessions while teaching or co-teaching one’s first MSC group course
  • Ongoing personal practice of mindfulness and self-compassion, including sitting meditation and practice in daily life

Upon completion of these requirements, the teacher trainee can apply for a Certificate of Training from the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. This certificate indicates that he or she has fulfilled the necessary requirements and is now trained to teach or co-teach MSC. The bearer can now advertise him or herself as a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Trained teachers can be listed on the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion website along with their MSC programs.


Certified MSC Teacher

In order to apply for Certification, the teacher must have taught at least five eight-week MSC courses.

Certification is verification of a teacher’s competence, whereas the designation of Trained MSC teacher simply recognises that a person has completed the requisite training activities.

The designation of Certification indicates that the individual has been individually mentored by an expert MSC teacher over at least 14 one-hour sessions, has received specialised 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.

For the complete version of this pathway see: https://centerformsc.org/teach-msc-2/.