Individuals and

Communities Discover the

WHYs and HOWs

through the

Self-Reg Framework


The MEHRIT Centre is Dr. Stuart Shanker’s organization dedicated to understanding how we all respond to stress in the same way: we thrive when it is positive, we struggle when it is excessive.

Self-Reg Vision


Calm, alert children, youth and adults flourishing in physically and emotionally nurturing environments.

Self-Reg Mission


To ground learning and living in self-regulation.

Self-Reg Mantra


THIS child, THIS youth, THIS parent, THIS teacher, THIS practitioner, THIS classroom, THIS learning space, THIS school, THIS campus, THIS country, THIS community, THIS globe.


Dr. Stuart Shanker 

Founder & Visionary

With Self-Reg we learn how to transform the dream of a Just Society into a reality, one mind at a time.

We are in the midst of a scientific paradigm-revolution in our understanding of the effects of excessive stress on behaviour, social-emotional development, intelligence, empathy, motivation, and character. The theoretical foundation of the Shanker Self-Reg® framework rests on these recent advances in neuroscience, physiology, psychology and clinical practice. The Shanker Method® explores, explains, and applies these new insights in a way that benefits every child, youth, adult and senior.

Self-Reg provides us not just with the why, but also with next steps on “the how”.

  • How to distinguish between maladaptive and growth-promoting modes of managing stress;
  • Between misbehaviour and stress-behaviour;
  • Between laziness and processes deep inside the brain that impede learning or effort.
  • And what to do about it.







If you’ve found your way to Shanker Self-Reg and aren’t sure if Foundations is worth the money, time, commitment, I understand. I wasn’t sure either. Even before I took the Parenting Course, I was doubtful. Is it really worth it? Is it really that good? I was impressed with the Parenting Course and I wanted more. More information. More transformation. More hope. After taking the Foundations Course, my life has really dramatically changed. Or perhaps the way I see my life and the people in it (including myself) has dramatically changed. Before taking the course, I felt like our family was walking through a dark, scary forest. You know, like in the movies, where the ominous music is playing. Now, after the course, the sun shines through the trees, which are bright green, blowing in the wind. We still don’t know how where our path will lead, but the journey no longer feels so muddy and tiring and downright frightening. We walk, skip even, and there is hope. This was all because of the Foundations Course. So, if you aren’t sure, but have found yourself here, I (a complete stranger) give you permission (if you need that) and encouragement (if you need that) to take this step and watch your world brighten. – Rebecca W.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and recommend it not just for teachers, but parents, undergraduates and any person involved in the development of a child. The content and philosophy in this course has provided new ways for me to understand and interpret students, colleagues and situations in a more constructive manner because it is focused on growth, compassion, learning and empowerment. – Greg C.

Self-Reg for School Leaders isn’t just about learning – it’s about unlearning and re-learning our approach to supporting the wellness and full potential of your students, their families, your educator teams and your admin colleagues. My learning in this course has been transformational for me in all my roles: parent, educational leader, daughter to aging/ailing parents, and empathetic promoter of a healthier society for all. I have deepened my understanding of the science and evidence-based approaches to stress and its domains, and the self-regulation practices that support healthy and growth-promoting ways of being and learning. I can’t think of a more timely and relevant way to apply your professional learning efforts! – Lisa A.



Join Vicki and your fellow Self-Reggers online in monthly Zooms and on the Co-Reg Community companion discussion area to discuss Self-Reg in your practice.

This online group will be lightly facilitated by Vicki Parnell, The MEHRIT Centre’s Self-Reg Parenting Group Facilitator, who realized while taking the “Reframed” Program and attending SRSS in 2021 how energizing it can be to explore Self-Reg and related topics with others who share her passion for learning and for living by Self-Reg principles. Vicki decided to create this group to help provide a sense of community with other Self-Reg practitioners who would like to keep the learning and connection going throughout the year.

Mark Your Calendars

SRSS 2022 is slated for July 5-8, 2022!

Check back soon, we will be announcing 2022’s theme and Keynote talks any day now! But rest assured, you can count on the same great signature content from Stuart, Susan and our incredible Self-Reg Community! We are also planning for in-person and online options for registration. Our dream is to return in person at Trent University, fingers crossed!

In case you missed it, you can check out our SRSS 2021 Program here. If you would like to access 2021’s online SRSS content email info@self-reg.ca.