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Is SCIP something for you?

Our Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Certificate Program is created specifically for psychotherapists who see the importance of self-compassion for mental health & wellbeing and want to integrate self-compassion more deeply into their own way of practicing, and…

  • have a foundation in mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatment and would like to add another dimension – self-compassion – to their practice.
  • wish to use their personal mindfulness and compassion practice as a foundation for effective therapeutic relationships and interventions.
  • benefitted from the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program and would like to bring the principles and practices of MSC into how they treat clients.
  • are seeking a continuing education experience that is welcoming to all identities and intersections of identity.

… 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.

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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.

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.

Supportive online platform for learning and engagement.

The online platform will serve as the program “home” to access recordings, engage in ongoing online discussions facilitated by program faculty around specific topic areas, and to join in affinity groups around specific identities for additional support.

Active online discussion forum on course material.

Weekly meditation, practice instruction, and support from MSC certified teachers.

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.

Program Prerequisites

Admission is by application, and all applicants must:

Have attended the full Mindful Self-Compassion program (8 Week, 10-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.
I haven’t taken the course yet, how can I attend?

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 meet weekly on Wednesdays, beginning October 16-17, 2021, with a break in the month of December, 2021. 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.

Important Dates

Two-day opening retreat October 16-17, 2021 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time.
The program starts on 
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 8:00 am Pacific Time.
The weekly live meetings,
every Wednesday from 8:00 – 11:30 am Pacific Time, until June 22, 2022
December Break 
December 2-29, 2021
Two-day closing retreat 
June 25-26, 2022 from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time.
*In addition to these sessions, participants can expect to spend around five hours per week of reading, discussion board participation, and individual practice.

Are you ready and willing to become a part of this big global change?

Join 140 like-minded psychotherapists in a unique 36-week adventure.

You have the opportunity to take a bold step into the future now by leading the transformation of the field of psychotherapy while belonging to a community that values the internal search and the influence it has on humanity.

SCIP Program Consists of:

Access to the knowledge of 18 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
  • Michelle Becker
  • Susan Pollak
  • Rhonda Magee
  • Richard Schwartz

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

  • 4 Days of Residential Retreat (20 hours)
  • 25 Community Meditation Practice (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 (12 hours)
  • 12 Facilitated Group Consultation Sessions (24 hours)
  • 15 Facilitated Home Group Meetings (18 hours)
  • Final Closing Session (4 hours)

Program Topics Will Include:

  • How to embody, speak and apply mindfulness and self-compassion with patients
  • The lived experience as the gateway to freedom
  • What’s appropriate and not appropriate for self-compassion interventions. Is self-compassion ever ‘wrong’ as a suggested modality? Giving clinical examples will include all types
  • Discerning the self-compassion tools and view to be used in the psychotherapies
  • Neuroscientific and clinical research in self-compassion
  • Clinical applications across psychotherapeutic modalities & populations, including: depression; anxiety; eating disorders; psychophysiological disorders; CFT; trauma-sensitive mindfulness; shame; addictions and recovery; children and teens; parenting; diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • The practice of ethical conduct in clinical practice and the role of ethical conduct in patient well-being
  • Teaching self-compassion practices to clients
  • Risks and adverse effects of self-compassion practice
  • Psychotherapy as a relational mindfulness practice

Frequently Asked Questions

SCIP will help you meet the challenges of the 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.

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