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Admission is limited to approximately 120 students per cohort and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Because of the intimate and interactive nature of this program, admission will be granted to professionals motivated to actively engage with the curriculum and with fellow students.

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The Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program is designed and hosted by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Program Prerequisites

Admission is by application, and all applicants must:

Have attended the full Mindful Self-Compassion 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, palliative care professionals, social workers, nurses, licensed mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and other professional caregivers 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 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.

Live Online Mindful Self-Compassion (LOMSC)
Accelerated 4-Week Course for Cohort 1

If you would still like 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 group.

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

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

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.

SCIP consists of:

Access to the knowledge of 15 international leading experts in their field.

  • Chris Germer
  • Kristin Neff
  • Steven Hickman
  • Paul Gilbert
  • Galia Tyano Ronen
  • Zev Schuman-Olivier
  • Marta Alonso
  • Sydney Spears
  • Shari Geller
  • Ann Biasetti
  • David Treleaven
  • Christian Stiglmayr
  • Lorraine Hobbs
  • Ben Weinstein

More than 100 hours of Live and Recorded video and audio material.

  • 4 Days of Residential Retreat (20 hours)
  • 25 Community Meditation Practices (12.5 hours)
  • 3 Live Core Webinars (7.5 hours)
  • 3 Live Q&A (4.5 hours)
  • 12 Prerecorded Webinars (12 hours)
  • 12 Live Q&A (18 hours)
  • 12 Facilitated Group Consultation Sessions (18 hours)
  • 15 Facilitated Home Group Meetings (15 hours)
  • Final Closing Session (4 hours)

Course Learning Objectives

  • At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
  • Develop and apply the personal practice of responding to clients with mindfulness and compassion.
  • Describe current basic theory and research on self-compassion and its implication in clinical intervention.
  • Develop and implement the skills necessary to implement self-compassion in psychotherapy, including how to guide meditations, create practices from the client’s direct experience, and ten to psychotherapist’s own needs with self-compassion.
  • Identify obstacles and entry points during a clinical session where self-compassion interventions could be transmitted.
  • Describe the integration of MSC as a transtheoretical and transdiagnostic set of therapeutic tools.
  • Identify ways of adapting MSC to different kinds of clinical populations.

Continuing Education:

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.

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