For me, it’s a practice of, especially in therapy but with others as well, coming from my internal sense of self-compassion, mindfulness, presence, anti-oppressiveness as well as trauma sensitivity as my grounding and my intention for being with these various individuals from the neck down. Even though there is the cognitive piece, the foundation or the depth of it [belonging] is coming from the core, it is coming from inside out—from heart and soul.
My sense of intention and presence with others who are suffering and me being with my own humanity and my own suffering—that in my experience has led to a deeper sense of connection, belonging, more of a sense of, for me, this safer, braver container when it’s difficult.
I honor so much when clients and students, especially survivors of trauma—I really honor how difficult it is for them to be present with me. And especially when this is the first time and they don’t really know who I am. They know a bit, but not really, and in therapy that takes a lot.
So I’m always holding that sense of honor and the courage that it takes for them to show up. I ask them, “You know, I was curious to know if you’re willing to share, what was it like for you coming here today? If you’re willing to share and if not, that’s totally fine.”
There’s absolutely no judgment, but they pretty much share, and they’ll say. “Yeah, it was hard. I almost thought about canceling.”
And so, that’s why I’m saying that it’s really that embodied piece of presence that is also just honoring the humanity–my humanity and their humanity–and the difficulties that we all have in life. And honoring in particular, survivors of trauma and others, how difficult it is to take this step, this small step, to try to enter that potential world of healing.
Just honoring that as a human being: “I’m a suffering human being. They are suffering human beings, but we also have some differences too. And so I’m honoring and holding the container for that and my awareness, my mindful awareness around that as well because it does shape our reality.”
Is SCIP something for you?
Our 32-session Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (SCIP) Professional Development 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…
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.
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.
The online “live” program will meet weekly on Wednesdays, beginning October 19, 2022, with a break in the month of December. Attendance at 80% of the sessions is required to formally complete the course.
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.
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 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.