Christine Brähler
Rob Brandsma,
Mila de Koning
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15 juli 2018


De deelnameprijs aan deze training bedraagt €1275 (hierbij zijn cursusmaterialen, administratiekosten UCSD voor registratie als trainer, en dergelijke bij inbegrepen). Verblijfskosten op basis van volpension: €995 (inclusief btw) voor een éénpersoonskamer en €875 (inclusief btw) voor een tweepersoonskamer.


De training vindt plaats in conferentiecentrum Mennorode, Apeldoornseweg 185
8075 RJ Elspeet.
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Lees de deelnamevoorwaarden op deze pagina bij ‘Voor Wie’.


Na voltooiing van deze trainers opleiding MSC ontvangen deelnemers een certificaat van deelname van het Center for MSC waarin staat dat hij of zij heeft de gehele MSC trainers opleiding heeft gevolgd en kan starten met het geven van trainingen MSC.


Deelname aan deze training is bij vooruitbetaling te voldoen na ontvangst van een factuur, kort na het moment van inschrijving. Tot 30 dagen voorafgaand aan de training kan deze schriftelijk en via email worden geannuleerd, waarbij een bedrag van €150 voor administratieve kosten in rekening wordt gebracht. Minder dan 30 dagen voor de start van de training kan niet meer worden geannuleerd. In het onwaarschijnlijke geval dat de training moet worden geannuleerd, zal het CvM de volledige deelnameprijs terug betalen, echter niet de kosten van hotel, reiskosten en bijkomende kosten.

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We helpen je graag verder met je vragen via ons contactformulier.


MSC-trainer worden is een werken vanuit je hart. Daarom vragen we je voorafgaand aan je aanmelding zorgvuldig te reflecteren op de vraag wat je drijft om MSC-trainer te worden. Lees daarom eerst het bijbehorende reflectiepaper van Steven Hickman, Christine Braehler en Chris Germer. Je kunt het hier downloaden.

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Editie – juli 2018

Data en tijden: zondag 15 juli 2018 (vanaf 18:00 uur) tot 21 juli 2018 (einde om 12:00 uur).

Docenten: Christine Brähler, Rob Brandsma en Mila de Koning

Inhoud van de opleiding

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported 8-week program

This program is designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff and integrated with the clinical perspective of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to others, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected, presence during difficult moments in our lives.

For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others, first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare… Caring for others requires caring for oneself. – The Dalai Lama

Self-compassion can be learned

Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn’t receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. It’s a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that we inflict on ourselves through self-criticism, self-denial, or self-absorption. Self-compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, forgive ourselves, motivate ourselves with kindness, care for others, and be fully human.

I found it a beautiful balance between being a student and a teacher. That made it possible to deepen my own experiences and learn how to teach.

Reseach results

expanding research clearly demonstrates that self-compassion is related to emotional wellbeing, lower anxiety and depression, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and more satisfying personal relationships.

Teacher Training

The MSC program has been in development since 2009, and a MSC training manual is scheduled for publication in 2017 (Guilford Press). The Centrum for Mindfulness in Amsterdam is offering teacher training in Europe, in collaboration with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and UCSD Center for Mindfulness in San Diego.

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All information about this teacher training is downloadable as a pdf.


Intensive 6-day MSC Teacher Training

MSC Teacher Training is an intensive, 6-day, residential program facilitated by a team of senior MSC teachers. The training is built around the eight weekly sessions of MSC with each half day dedicated to a condensed, experiential review of one of the sessions, followed by small group activities designed to give attendees opportunities to practice teaching, guiding and facilitating discussion in that session with the close consultation of one of the Teacher Trainers. In addition, the training includes short talks, group exercises, discussion, and periods of silence. Participants will be provided with the essential materials to teach MSC programs.


At the completion of the above mentioned is activities, participants should be able to:

  • Deepen one’s personal practice of responding to difficult emotions with mindfulness and compassion.
  • Understand the current theory and research on self-compassion.
  • Identify the core themes and practices presented in each of the eight group sessions of MSC, plus the retreat day.
  • Develop the skills necessary to facilitate MSC groups, including how to guide meditation, teach from each participant’s direct experience, and facilitate group cohesion.
  • Identify obstacles to mindful self-compassion practice and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Embody a mindful and compassionate stance toward students of the MSC program as they confront challenges to their practice.

The following reading is highly recommended, but not required, before the teacher training:

  • Neff, Kristin: Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind.
  • Germer, Christopher: The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion.
Certificate of Attendance

Upon completion of the MSC Teacher Training, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Center for MSC stating that he or she has attended the TT in its entirety and can start teaching MSC as a Teacher Trainee.

Trained Teacher Designation

The purpose of the 6-day Teacher Training is to establish a basic level of training and proficiency sufficient to begin offering the program to the general public. To receive MSC Trained Teacher status, graduates of the Teacher Training are also expected to receive consultation while teaching at least one 8-week MSC program, either by co-facilitating with a certified MSC teacher or through online group consultation offered through the Center for MSC. All Trained Teachers are eligible to be listed on the Center for MSC website in a Directory of Trained Teachers.

Teacher Certification

Trained Teacher status is a key step toward Certification. Certification is a process of ensuring that an individual has achieved full competency through experience, training and supervision over a period of time and practice. The UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness offers certification in conjunction with the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. Please see their MSC Certification Pathway if you have further questions about Certification.

Although I was very anxious about the teach-backs, this was the greatest learning possibility I had in years. I appreciate the warmth, love and non-judgemental approach a lot.

Voor wie

This 6-day intensive is intended for those who wish to teach the MSC program, those who would like to integrate mindfulness and self-compassion in their ongoing professional activities (i.e., psychotherapy, coaching, nursing, teaching, etc.), and individuals who have a professional interest in the field (i.e., researchers, administrators, etc.).

Participation Requirements

The prerequisites for taking the MSC Teacher Training are:

  • Personal Skills.
  • Established daily mindfulness practice of at least two years.
  • Ongoing, daily, sitting meditation practice.
  • Ongoing practice of loving-kindness and self-compassion in daily life.
  • Attendance in at least one 5-day silent, teacher-led meditation retreat.
Professional Skills

  • Previous participation in a five-day or eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Training.
  • Experience teaching meditation in groups, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, or in clinical settings.
  • You do not have to be a clinician to take the MSC Teacher Training.
Please Note

  • You must allow at least 6 months to elapse between completing your MSC course and beginning Teacher Training. This will allow you to reflect on whether you really want to begin the teaching journey. However, you may register for teacher training at any time after you complete the MSC course.
  • We strongly recommend that the silent, teacher-led meditation retreat be completed more than two months prior to your attendance at the Teacher Training.
  • You do not have to be a mental health clinician to take the MSC Teacher Training.
Teaching MSC

The MSC program is ideally led by two instructors. This model enables one instructor to monitor the emotional needs of individual participants while the other is teaching. Self-compassion can activate strong emotions, sometimes including relational pain dating back to childhood. We therefore recommend that one of the teachers, or an assistant to the MSC teacher, be a licensed mental health clinician. We realize that some groups may have members with relatively minor emotional needs, or be too small to require two teachers, so please use your own judgment about how to provide a safe and supportive learning environment.

Participant Guidelines

Our ability to teach others depends largely on discovering the power of self-compassion in our own lives and embodying the practice. Since the core principles and practices of the MSC program are taught through experiential learning, participants are encouraged to focus on their felt experience during teacher training. Ample time will also be allocated for professional dialogue and the nuts and bolts of teaching.

The MSC program is a journey—an adventure in self-discovery and self-kindness. Loving-kindness and self-compassion training helps us soothe and comfort ourselves as it paradoxically reveals emotional distress we may have been unconsciously holding inside, often for many years. Therefore, some difficult emotions are likely to surface as we grow in our capacity to embrace them. This is intrinsic to the process of emotional transformation through self-compassion.

Self-compassion thrives in an environment of safety, support, privacy, individual responsibility, and a common commitment to presence and compassion. Self-compassion practice should also be easy and enjoyable. The teacher trainers are dedicated to creating such a learning atmosphere for all workshop participants and their future students.

Needs Assessment

Over the past few years, mindfulness has become mainstream in the general population and is being increasingly integrated into professional practice (e.g., mental health, medical care, education, business, law). As the demand grows, the demand for quality professional training in these practices and techniques is growing each year. Self-compassion is at the growth edge of mindfulness. It’s a “trending health term” (Reader’s Digest, 2012) and an area of burgeoning research. Self-compassion is the emotional heart of mindfulness. Due to the impressive scientific evidence for the connection between self-compassion and emotional wellbeing, and the need for explicit training in self-compassion, the MSC Teacher Training is offered at the Centrum voor Mindfulness. The teacher training is open for participants from all Europe and the rest of the world.

Ontmoet de docenten

  • christine brahler
    Christine Brähler

    Clinical psychologist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Christine Brähler

    Dr. Christine Brähler (DClinPsy, PhD) is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Munich, Germany. She gained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives, MSC teacher trainings and workshops on self-compassion in psychotherapy around the world. In addition to being Secretary of the Board of the Center for MSC, she serves as International Coordinator and Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of Center for MSC.

    She has published several academic and popular articles, including the first randomized controlled trial of Compassion Focused Therapy.

  • Rob Brandsma

    Directeur, psycholoog, pedagoog en mindfulnesstrainer

    Rob Brandsma

    Rob Brandsma is directeur van het Centrum voor Mindfulness. Hij is vooral geïnteresseerd in het benutten van mindfulness en compassie in de vele domeinen van het dagelijks leven en in het bijzonder de gezondheidszorg.

    Rob is hoofd van de Opleiding tot Mindfulnesstrainer. Hij is de auteur van een aantal publieksboeken over mindfulness voor het grote publiek zoals Beter nu en Elke dag meer mindfulness. Op het terrein van het trainersvak publiceerde hij de trilogie Mindfulness Basisboek, Mindfulness Praktijkboek en Mindfulness Trainingsboek. Het Praktijkboek is in een internationale editie verschenen onder de titel The Mindfulness Teaching Guide. Hij volgt geïnteresseerd het voortschrijdend wetenschappelijk inzicht in mindfulness en baseert daarop ook zijn werk als trainer en het ontwikkelen van nieuwe mindfulness-based interventies.

    Over zijn passie voor mindfulness en compassie zegt hij: 'Mindfulness stelt mij in staat om beter met uitdagingen en obstakels om te gaan en mij vaker te realiseren dat het hier en nu (bijna) altijd de beste plek is om te vertoeven. Het verrijkt mijn leven met inzicht, verwondering en mildheid. Het is een geschenk om dit ook in mijn werk te kunnen brengen.'

    Rob werkte eerder als preventiemedewerker in de verslavingszorg, als directeur van een organisatie voor gezondheidsvoorlichting, en in een eigen praktijk voor psychologische behandeling. Hij is niet praktiserend GZ-psycholoog, orthopedagoog en psycholoog NIP.

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    Christopher Germer, PhD

    Psychologist, Harvard Teacher and Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Christopher Germer, PhD

    Christopher Germer, PhD is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, and co-editor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy. Dr. Germer is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy as well as the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance.

    He teaches internationally on mindfulness and compassion, and has a private clinical practice of mindfulness and compassion-based psychotherapy.

  • Steven Hickman
    Steven Hickman

    Clinical Psychologist, Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher

    Steven Hickman

    Dr. Steven Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Departments of Psychiatry and Family & Preventive Medicine. Dr. Hickman is the Founder and Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. Having taught over 50 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, and been a trainer in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Steve gladly pursued training as a Mindful Self-Compassion teacher as well.

    Having witnessed the transformation that is possible out of the practice of self-compassion, including what he has witnessed in his own MBSR "graduates", he has become an advocate for self-compassion as an essential aspect of a mindful life. Steve is a co-founder, along with Michelle Becker, Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, of the MSC Teacher Training program. Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he teaches.

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    Mila de Koning


    Mila de Koning

    Mila (1966) is jaren werkzaam geweest in de gezondheidszorg, vooral in de GGZ in verschillende functies, waaronder als verpleegkundige / sociotherapeut, docent en preventiewerker en projectleider. Sinds 2011 richt zij zich helemaal op mindfulness.

    ‘Via de mindfulness is er een verbinding tussen mijn persoonlijke interesse en passie en mijn werk gekomen, een training waarbij de reguliere gezondheidszorg eindelijk de kracht van meditatie heeft ontdekt en effectief bevonden. Ik geef al jaren mindfulness training, workshops en coaching aan verschillende doelgroepen. Zo geef ik ook een speciale mindfulness training aan mensen met angstklachten, aan artsen en aan hulpverleners. Nog steeds geef ik de training met veel passie en plezier. Het geven van de training doe ik met recht met hart en ziel.

    Daarnaast ben ik verbonden aan het Centrum voor Mindfulness als hoofddocent aan de opleiding tot mindfulness trainer en geef ik supervisie aan mindfulness trainers.

    Mindfulness heeft mij persoonlijk meer rust en ontspanning in mijn (hectische) bestaan gegeven. Waar ik voorheen soms het gevoel had geleefd te worden en bekneld dreigde te raken tussen mijn verschillende werkrollen, huishouden en het moederen over 2, nog kleine, kinderen ben ik nu meer gewaar van de rust in mijn dag, de momenten die ik met aandacht creëer en ik volledig aanwezig ben bij dat wat ik doe. Hierdoor ben ik in staat meer te genieten en in het midden van alle drukte de stilte met mij mee te nemen. Ik zie mindfulness als een groot cadeau en het mooiste is dat je het jezelf kan geven.