… or therapists who wish to actualize their potential in a community of colleagues and expert teachers.
Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy?
Over the past 15 years, research has established that self-compassion is a key ingredient in mental health and psychological wellbeing.
Compassion-based psychotherapy has also been shown to alleviate a wide range of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance dependency. Self-compassion also appears to be an underlying mechanism by which other kinds of therapy seem to work. As a result, psychotherapists and other healthcare professionals are eager to integrate self-compassion more fully into their clinical work.
Do you recognize yourself…
You’re working very hard, many hours, not feeling compensated enough, and not feeling a specialty in your role as a psychotherapist? Dealing daily with multi-tasking, not receiving enough external validation, yet still, depending on it to feel good about yourself and your work?
Are you needing support in your household, and lacking the bandwidth to be with your kids? Craving intimate moments with your significant other. Do you have the strong feeling that you’re not delivering the best for your clients, not taking the time to nurture yourself professionally, not able to give back to your community because you just don’t know where you’re going to find the time or energy?
The Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program is designed and hosted by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.
SCIP supports psychotherapists in harnessing the transformative power of self-compassion in psychotherapy in a progressive, experiential, and systematic manner over the course of 36 weeks.
It is a comprehensive training program that includes didactic presentations, discussion sessions, clinical consultation, community-building, and personal practice support. Our intention is to provide a safe and compelling learning environment where participants can be more fully themselves, mirroring the therapeutic space where therapists and clients can access the deep inner resources of mindfulness and self-compassion and bring them into their daily lives.
Meet the SCIP Experts.
We created and are hosting this program with leading experts in the field worldwide, including our certified self-compassion senior teachers from The Center of Mindful Self-Compassion.
Admission is by application, and all applicants must:
Have attended the full Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program (8 Week or 5-Day Intensive format, in-person or online prior to starting the program). In order to establish a firm foundation of immersion in self-compassion and personal practice, this is a firm requirement for entry into the Certification program.
Be a licensed or supervised mental health professional with active liability insurance. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, are invited to apply, as are students enrolled in a graduate psychotherapy training program. Other professionals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Participants are expected to commit themselves to daily meditation practice for the duration of the course. This is essential for the understanding of how meditation practice works and its application in psychotherapy and caregiving. This commitment will be supported by ongoing instruction and through regular consultation with experienced MSC teachers.
The online “live” program will begin with a two-day virtual retreat and continue weekly. All sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend in real-time, although attendance will be kept at the live sessions and all program participants must attend 80% of the sessions to formally complete the course and receive Continuing Education credit.
Cohort Three Important Dates*
Two-day opening retreat Saturday/Sunday, October 15-16, 2022 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time
The program starts on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 8:00 am Pacific Time
The weekly live meetings, every Wednesday from 8:00 – 11:30 am Pacific Time, until June 21, 2023
December Break December 1, 2022 – January 3, 2023
Two-day closing retreat Saturday/Sunday, June 24-25, 2023 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time
*In addition to the above sessions, participants can expect to invest approximately five hours per week of reading, discussion board participation, and individual practice.
Download the Cohort 3 Course Outline with full calendar and objective details.
Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion (LOMSC)
Accelerated 4-Week Course for Cohort 1
If you still want to join Cohort 1 starting in March, and need to complete the prerequisite LOMSC Course, below are two accelerated LOMSC courses that will meet the prerequisite. You must complete an online application for Cohort 1 before you will be accepted into either of these courses. These two courses are open only to Cohort 1 applicants. On your application indicate which group you want to attend or if you can attend either course time.
GROUP 1 LOMSC
February 22 – March 22
Mondays and Fridays, 9:30-11:30 am PT | 12:30-2:30 ET / 5:30-7:30 pm UTC
Teacher: CMSC Executive Director Steve Hickman
GROUP 2 LOMSC
Feb. 23 – March 23
Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm PT / 2:30-4:30 pm EST/ 7:30-9:30 pm UTC
Teacher: CMSC Online Learning Director Natalie Bell
SCIP Program Consists of:
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will the training be held?
This course is delivered in an online format using the virtual platform. Registration and login details will be sent via email one week prior to the course commencing.
I can’t log in at the scheduled time, will it be recorded for me to view later?
Some components of the course are pre-recorded and will be available for you to watch for a specified amount of time, at your convenience. It is a requirement of the course that you are online to participate in the live components. Please ensure that you carefully read the course schedule and convert it to your time zone.
Do you offer Continuing Education credits?
Psychologists: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course offers 104 CE credit.
California licensed MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, LCSWs: Continuing Education Credit for this program is provided by UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 104 CE credit may be applied to your license renewal through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. For those licensed outside California, please check with your local licensing board to determine if CE credit is accepted.
Fees for CE credit: $325.
* Must attend all classes live to receive credits. Only valid in United States.
What if I haven’t completed an MSC course yet—what do I need to do so I can join the SCIP program?
You may apply to SCIP now, so long as you commit to attending a MSC course that finishes before October 15, 2022.
What if I have to miss a session? Can I make it up?
It is permissible to miss 20% of the course live sessions and still meet the course requirements. All large group sessions are recorded and made available for review.
What do I do if I’m having technical difficulties?
You can access technical support by contacting [email protected]. Please ensure you have a reliable internet connection and a digital device with a camera and microphone.
I have already completed the MSC course, do I need to do it again?
No, if you have already completed the course you do not need to repeat it.
SCIP will help you meet the challenges of the Post-Pandemic and an Unknown Future!
Joining the SCIP training program will equip you with the tools needed to respond to these challenges and form an active community of support and change.
We are experiencing a moment of change in our world during COVID-19. Our internal and external systems of being, understanding, and acting in the world are being challenged in ways they never have been before.
Now, more than ever psychotherapists need a strong back, a soft front, and a wild heart to cultivate self-compassion for themselves and transmit it to their clients and loved ones to renew hope and nurture resilience.