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.







With Self-Reg Foundations, what started as an opportunity for professional development has quickly translated to a different way of viewing behaviours. Self-Reg is for everyone – children, youth, adolescents AND adults. Once we learn to recognize how our own stress affects our energy and tension levels, we learn to see this in every person we encounter. This allows us to see others through a lens of empathy and compassion instead of misbehaviour. The Self-Reg framework is truly a game changer.  – Trisha M.

Heading into the Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development program I was expecting to take away the usual few tips and tricks to add to my toolbox. What I did not expect, was to experience a complete paradigm shift. Both professionally and personally, I find myself experiencing curiosity, hope and optimism in the growth and potential of not only the children that I work, but in my own home and with my own two boys. Self-Regulation is indeed one of life’s foundational concepts. As I begin to embody this way of life, I find myself approaching those around me and myself with compassion and optimism for a future of flourishing. – Andrew

Leadership is so critical to the wellbeing of all members of staff. I have shared the Leadership For Self-Reg Schools program ideas and principles with many leaders and staff at my school with very positive responses. The course presents immediately useable material, plans and approaches which can change and has changed the culture of the school in many aspects. It’s a process in progress to arrive at haven status. The learning and experimenting is exciting. There are many mistakes and re-takes to get it right but we derive energy from the clear evidence of successes to keep going to apply this leadership process. – Chanel H.

I came to Self-Reg though my work with children and young people, never really thinking about it personally. My journey through Self-Reg Foundations and now Self-Reg Facilitator’s has taken a very personal turn. It has quite literally changed my life personally and professionally. The Facilitator’s course dives deeper in the science, and “how to” of the 5 steps across the 5 domains, and how to share this with others to ignite their Self-Reg journey. Highly recommend this course. – Alix