How to integrate self-compassion fully into your clinical work?

Our formal certificate program SCIP — Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy for psychotherapists will establish common ground across other modalities and approaches.

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the Awake Network.

Self-Compassion Bundle for psychotherapists
5 day MSC-intensive training + 30 weeks SCIP program
Together from $3580,- for $3280,-

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 many tasks at once, receive not enough external value, and depending on positive external evaluation?

Needing support in your household, not having enough internal spaciousness to be with your kids, and craving for intimate moments with your love partner. The strong feeling of not delivering the best for your clients, not taking the time to nurture yourself professionally, not being able to give back to the community what you received from it…

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

It supports psychotherapists in harnessing the transformative power of self-compassion in a progressive, experiential, and systematic manner over the course of 26 weeks.

It is a comprehensive training program that includes didactic presentations, discussion sessions, clinical consultation, 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 discussion (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 and practices instruction and support from MSC certified teachers.

Meet our experts.

Chris Germer


Kristin Neff


Galia Tyano Ronen

Program director

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

Join the first round of SCIP “Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy” — a unique 30 weeks adventure together with 120 like-minded psychotherapists.

Be unique, be able to be an activist on a small scale, and contribute to world peace. While belonging to a community that values the internal search and the influence it has on the external world.

During the course of this SCIP training program,

you will have the opportunity to learn, assimilate, process internally and externally the role of SC in your professional and personal way of being present to all your encounter and to respond with the same intention and attitude.

We are experiencing a moment of change in our life, during covid -19. Our internal and external systems of being, understanding, and acting in the world have changed. Now, more than ever we need a strong back, a soft front, and a wild heart. We need to cultivate SC ourselves and transmit them to our clients and loved ones to enhance a sense of hope and nurture our resilience.

Joining the SCIP training program will show us the ways to do it and deepen our sense of belonging to the family of things and to our own truth. Joining the SCIP family will equip us with the tools needed to deal with these challenges and form an active community of support and change.

Program Topics Will Include:
“but not be limited to”

  • 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
  • Other topics to be announced

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) 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 didn’t, how can I attend?

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 meet weekly on Wednesdays, beginning March 17, with a break in the month of August. 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 XX sessions to formally complete the course and receive Continuing Education credit.

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