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Applied Self-Reg Knowledge Course

$745 CAD Full Course

Stuart Shanker famously wrote “there is no such thing as a bad kid.”

The kids are good but they are not okay. Drop out rates, mental health, and drug use are soaring and the road to resilience seems insurmountable.

Until, once again, Stuart explodes the map, stating: “Resilience is a STATE not a TRAIT.”

Based in recent neuroscience research and in response to our very current and pressing need, TMC’s Enhancing Resilience in Children and Youth program takes learners down a new path, one that leads to deep and sustainable resilience. A route that is not just applicable but achievable by anyone. 

Explore what is in store with our program overview HERE.

And join us for our next cohort starting November 14, 2024! 

Stuart Shanker Quote "Resilience is a state, not a trait"

About the Program

Enhancing Resilience A 3-Part Program 1) Stress in Today’s World 2) Want vs. Need 3) Resilience is a State not a Trait 4) Applied Self-Reg

In this Self-Reg program focused on resilience, we learn how to identify and overcome what is holding back many children and teens, we can spark their ability and desire to take on new learning, new challenges and new opportunities for increased health, well-being and community building.

Who is This Course for:

    • Anyone interested in learning the latest science and a Self-Reg lens on resilience
    • K-12 Teachers and school leaders
    • School counselors, leaders
    • Early childhood Educators
    • Post secondary Educators
    • Parents 
    • Community leaders

Details about the Course:

    • Facilitated cohort (with a group)
    • 10-module course over 3 months
    • Videos for each module – with Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins
    • Course book to accompany the learning
    • 3 hours a week 
    • Asynchronous learning (you chose when)
    • Head knowledge – the science with Stuart Shanker, heart knowledge – the reflective practice linked to our “whys” and values, and hands knowledge – the practical application tools, strategies, case examples
    • At the end of the course leave with a personalized Self-Reg toolkit for your own context
Stuart Shanker Quote: The point of saying that restoration comes before resilience is that before you can help a child become more resilient, we must question why they are in allostatic overload to begin with. That's what we then work on, and we do so by cultivating healthy modes of self-regulation.


We run new cohorts of our Resilience Program throughout the year. Pick the start date that is best for you and your team:

November 14, 2024

Check out all of our program start, specific module and end dates in our 2024 Course Calendar here.


Part 1: Stress in Today’s World – 2 modules

In part 1 of this course learners will:

  • Explore how our thinking about stress has evolved from a mechanical concept and how that left us attempting to manage stress with self-control.
  • Learn how scientists are transforming our understanding of stress by showing that it is a force acting on our whole body and central nervous system.
  • Consider how excessive stress triggers our homeostatic systems to self-regulate while at the same time causing reactions deep in our Gray Brain, which lower our awareness of our need to self-regulate.
  • Discover how to self-regulate through:
      • Reframing the stress response as a valuable sign of homeostatic imbalance and the need to reduce stress load.
      • Understanding that homeostatic imbalance happens involuntarily but that we can all come to know our own personal signs of stress and learn how work to reduce our stress load.
      • An awareness that the Interbrain—connection and interaction with a calm and caring person—both restores social engagement connection and triggers stress-reducing oxytocin.

Part 2: Want vs. Need – 3 modules

In part 2 of this course learners will:

  • Consider the links between activity in the brain’s subcortical areas and our apparent need for instant gratification.
  • Learn when wanting is not a choice. When dopamine triggers the mesolimbic pathway our SEEKING System kicks in, impeding self awareness and self-control.
  • Recognize that when the need for instant gratification is a stress-behaviour and fulfilling it is a maladaptive mode of self-regulation.
  • Explore the role of dopamine in providing energy and sparking pleasure seeking and how chronic stress overrides this system leaving us constantly craving dopamine.
  • Become aware that the SEEKING System is vital but we must ensure that it is not driving us and learn to recognize when excess stress is driving it!
  • Consider that the path to satisfaction is not suppressing the wants and needs, but one that reduces stress, and enables us to shut down the SEEKING System through self-awareness.


Part 3: Resilience is a State not a Trait – 3 modules

In part 3 of this course learners will:

  • Understand the importance of shifting from describing to explaining it through exploring the history of the concept of resilience and the role systems in the midbrain and the cerebellum play in shifting states of resilience.
  • Explore connections between three scientific approaches to resilience: Psychological, Sociological, and Biological.
  • Learn about the importance of Primitive emotion circuits such as Fear and Panic/Grief; e.g. how Fear leaves a person in a constant state of alarm and the relationship between Panic/Grief and pain and inflammation.
  • Understand the connection between the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS) and the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and how in the face of excessive stress they can lose their elasticity, causing them to fail to regulate each other.
  • Explore how measuring Vagal Tone provides a new biological measure for resilience
  • Understand that Shanker Self-Reg Steps bring restoration on every level by considering why the child is in allostatic overload and cultivating healthy modes of self-regulation.
  • Recognize the three States of Resilience:
      • High: Aware of homeostatic imbalance and need for self-regulation.
      • Poor: Signs of homeostatic imbalance. Maladaptive self-regulation
      • Displaying surface resilience: Person appears resilient but is really relying on the secretion of dopamine and other catecholamines, which inevitably leads to a crash.

Part 4: Applied Self-Reg – 2 modules

Apply the learning from part 1-3 of this course to create a next steps plan for your context that will include:

  • A summary of the key takeaways from the course
  • Opportunities to apply the learning to scenarios and case examples
  • A personalized Self-Reg toolkit, adapted from the tools and strategies provided within the course
Stuart Shanker Quote: Children and teens shift in and out of being resilient. Depending on the level of their energy-tension, children and teens are more resilient at some points than others. The crucial point is that resilience is not a trait, it's a state.

Resilience Program Reviews

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Awesome course

June 19, 2024

This was a fabulous course like all Mehrit Centre courses. Working as a secondary educator, I learned the current science behind resiliency and how to look at resiliency through a self reg lens. I would recommend anyone working with teenagers to take this course as it allows us to reframe many of the current behaviours that we see in our secondary schools.


Great learning!

May 22, 2024

As with any course I’ve taken with the Mehrit Centre, it is always an enlightening learning journey, which takes me to new heights. So much useful information that can be applied right away. Great course! I highly recommend it!


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Group Pricing: 10% off is always available for groups of 6 or more learners, simply use the discount code GROUPDISCOUNT at checkout or email for invoicing.

Equity Pricing: We know that pricing can be a barrier, that’s why we offer a number of equity priced spots for those paying out of pocket with each cohort we offer. Learn more and join the waitlist here.

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