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Teacher Training

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The MFY Teacher Training is offered as a 7 Day Program, in a retreat style format or as a residential or non residential program.

If you work with adolescents in a clinical or educational setting and are interested in bringing self-compassion to your team, please contact Steven Hickman at The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, Steve@centerformsc.org

Teacher Training – Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults

The pilot program of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults launched its first teacher training at U.C. San Diego Center for Mindfulness in April 2016 with great success. This teacher training is the first of several to be offered in the U.S. and abroad within this next year.

“I have seen how the MSC has helped thousands of people from different cultures and contexts, because it teaches us to remember that all human beings have a compassionate heart full of seeds of love to be watered. Self-compassion is our universal legacy and it is a privilege to teach this program”. – Marta Alonso, MFY Teacher

The following criteria are prerequisites for application to this first teacher training:

  • Mindfulness practice
  • Completion of 5-day or 8-week MSC Course
  • Experience working with adolescents in a clinical or educational setting

Teacher Trainers

Marta Alonso

Marta Alonso is Clinical Psychologist specialized in mindfulness and compassion treatments. She has completed a 3 year-long Specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychoterapy by the Sociedad Española de Psicopatología y Psicoterapia del Niño y el Adolescente, and she is a Member of the International Advisory Council and the Executive Board of the Center For MSC. Marta is a MFY Teacher Trainer and MSC Teacher Trainer and Mentor, and has completed the MSC teacher training itinerary in Massachusetts in its first edition, and being the first certified teacher in Spanish language. She has taught nearly 50 editions of the MSC program which he introduced together with Dr. Vicente Simón in Spain, being pioneers in taking compassion programs in the Hispanic world and Iberoamerica. Trained on MBCT and CFT, she has directed numerous silent retreats on practice of mindfulness, compassion and the 4 Immeasurables in the last 10 years and is a teacher of mindfulness and compassion in clinical practice in the main Spanish universities. She is a founding member of the Spanish Association of Mindfulness and Compassion and has been its president until 2017. She is one of the co-authors of “Mindfulness en la Práctica Clínica” and produced with Dr. Simón the bestsellers CD-books: “Mindfulness y Autocompasión”.

https://www.sertumejoramigo.com (MFY in Spanish)

www.mindfulnessyautocompasion.org (MSC in Spanish)

www.globalc.es (Clinical Center based on Mindfulness and Compassion)

Lorraine Hobbs, MA

Lorraine M. Hobbs, M.A., is Director of Family Programs at the UCSD San Diego Center for Mindfulness. She is a family therapist and former clinical director of adolescent treatment programs. Lorraine is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation, Altruism, Research & Education (CCT), a Stanford University accredited program created by contemplative scholars and endorsed by H.H. The Dalai Lama. Lorraine offers these Mindfulness Based Interventions to medical personnel through the department of Integrative medicine and community based hospitals in Indiana & Ohio. During her tenure at the Center for Mindfulness, she designed and implemented curricula in mindfulness-based interventions for multiple age groups, including a program in Mindful & Compassionate Parenting. She is a pioneer in self-compassion training for parents, teens and kids and is co-author of Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens & Young Adults, adapted from the adult program created by Kristen Neff, Ph.D. & Chris Germer, Ph.D. Lorraine is co-founder of the MFY teacher training program and provides teacher training in the MFY curriculum throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her new curriculum for kids, A Friend in Me will be released to the public. She is also an MBSR mentor for the UCSD Mindfulness Based Professional Training Institute. Lorraine offers retreats in mindfulness and self-compassion training to mothers and daughters, retreats for kids, teens and parents and 2-day core skills and 5-day intensives in MSC & MBSR.