Reducing Punitive Approaches to Behaviour: Guy Stephens

Self-Reg for parents, photo of man and son sitting on the grass together

Self-Reg Foundations alumni Guy Stephens of the Alliance Against Seclusion & Restraint shares how he uses his newfound knowledge of Shanker Self-Reg to support his mission of reducing punitive approaches to behaviour. This is personal for Guy, in his roles as husband and father. It’s been a journey that has led him to look for better ways of supporting children, teachers, and staff in our schools. It’s a journey that has led him straight to Self-Reg.

Start reading Guy’s article below about reducing punitive approaches to behaviour

A Self-Reg journey to reducing punitive approaches: What is Self-Reg?

It’s been about four years since the last time my son was restrained, secluded, and traumatized in a Maryland, public school. What began with a promise to my son to do everything I could to make sure this did not happen to him again led to an unexpected journey. It started with research. I wanted to understand who was being restrained and secluded in schools and the impact of using restraint and seclusion on students. I also wanted to know what we could do to stop it. There had to be a better way.

It was that journey that led to the formation of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. It was a journey that led me to look for better ways of supporting children, teachers, and staff in our schools. It was that journey that led to my interest in an approach called Self-Reg. Continue reading Guy’s article here about his Self-Reg journey.

More about Guy Stephens

Guy Stephens is the founder of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint. This organization has a vision of creating and supporting safer schools for students, teachers, and staff. They are on a mission to inform changes in policy and practice with goals of:

  • reducing punitive approaches to behaviour
  • eliminating the use of punitive discipline and outdated behavioral management approaches e
  • ending the school-to-prison pipeline
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