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Level 1 Certificate Program 

$745 Full Program


One of the most worrying trends we are seeing in children and teens today is a sharp decline in their resilience. Unable to cope with adversity or the fear of failure, they are avoiding challenges altogether – seeking safety in withdrawal. But growth, in all its many forms, demands engaging with stress rather than fleeing from it. And that requires resilience.

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.

Join us for our winter cohort starting Feburary 8th, 2024:

About the Program

Photo of Stuart and Susan from the Early Childhood Development Program, with the quote "Self-Reg: There is not a child for whom we can't do this. The only thing in our way is if we assume that we can't do it." - Stuart Shanker

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 


The next cohort will start on February 8, 2024. Register 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
      • 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.
      • 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.

You can check out detailed module descriptors here.

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

Still not sure?

See what our learners have to say here or email us at if you have any questions

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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