Self-Reg 101

New to Self-Reg? Or looking for a refresh? You’re in the right place!

Self-Reg is for everyone, it’s not just about children and youth. Each individual, family, culture and community holds unique Self-Reg expertise.

WHAT IS SELF-REG?

Shanker Self-Reg® is a process for enhancing self-regulation by understanding and dealing with stress. In Self-Reg we consider both our responses to stress and our underlying state of energy and tension when we encounter a stress.

The original psychophysiological definition of self-regulation refers to how we respond to stress—whether in a manner that promotes or restricts growth. Mindful self-regulation, which enhances learning and emotional, social and physical well-being, involves learning to recognize and respond to stress in all its many facets: positive as well as negative, hidden as well as overt, minor as well as traumatic or toxic.

Shanker Self-Reg®

The practice of Shanker Self-Reg® helps people understand and respond to others (and themselves) by considering self-regulation across five interrelated domains—biological, emotion, cognitive, social, and prosocial—using The Shanker Method®:

  1. REFRAME the behavior.
  2. RECOGNIZE the stressors (across the five domains).
  3. REDUCE the stress.
  4. REFLECT: enhance stress awareness.
  5. RESPOND: develop personalized strategies to promote resilience and restoration.

Shanker Self-Reg® is a valuable and accessible framework for children, youth, and adults as well as people who care about and work with them. Educators and mental health professionals from across Canada and around the world are using Self-Reg to address behavioural, emotional and social problems and improve learning outcomes for all students.

Resources

Infographic: What is Shanker Self-Reg®?

A handy visual summarizing Shanker Self-Reg® at a glance. This free printable covers the 5 Steps (Reframe, Recognize, Reduce, Reflect & Respons) and 5 Domains (Biological, Emotion, Cognitive, Social & Prosocial) at a glance.

Self-Reg in 60 Seconds Video Series

with Stuart Shanker

In this series, great for sharing with colleagues and friends who are new to Self-Reg, Dr. Shanker discusses energy & tension, reframing, seeing a child differently, and the 5 Domains (Biological, Emotion, Cognitive, Social & Prosocial).

Video: What is Self-Reg?

Dr. Shanker provides a succinct and clear answer to the question, “What is Self-Reg,” by explaining the relationships between stress and self-regulation in the five domains where we experience stress.

Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life

In Self-Reg, Dr. Shanker helps us begin to recognize, not just when children are becoming dysregulated, but what to do about it: the process that will enable us to experience that calmly focused state where learning and growth can occur.

The 5 Steps of Self-Reg Graphic

This handy graphic by Kristin Wiens is a great reminder of the 5 Steps (aka Practices) of Shanker Self-Reg®:

  1. Reframe the Behaviour
  2. Recognize the Stressors
  3. Reduce Stressors
  4. Reflect: Enhance Stress Awareness
  5. Respond: Develop Strategies

The 5 Domains of Self-Reg Graphic

Become a Stress Detective with this handy graphic designed by Kristin Wiens. Remember stressors in all 5 Domains (Biological, Emotion, Cognitive, Social & Prosocial) interact in a dynamic system.

Reframe The Behaviour Infographic

This infographic presents a set of techniques for reframing common obstacles in child-parent relationships, favouring constructive methods for stress reduction, meeting needs, and teaching skills.

MORE RESOURCES»

Courses

Self-Reg Foundations Certificate Program | Jan 7

Our flagship Self-Reg Foundations Certificate Program has been a game-changer for thousands of learners, bringing them to an entirely new understanding of what makes people tick. Join Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins as they take you deep into the science of self-regulation and stress, including the brain/body stress system, how stress affects children’s behaviour and the importance of relationships in self-regulation and learning. 

Leadership for Self-Reg Schools Certificate Program| Feb 4

School leaders today are confronted with behavioural, emotional, and cognitive challenges far in excess of what their predecessors had to contend with. The Leadership for Self-Reg School Certificate Program has been developed specifically for school leaders: with the knowledge and guidelines needed for their school to become a centre of deep learning, in all its many facets.

Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development Program| Jan 14

The Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development Certificate Program explores child development from birth to age 10 and is relevant for anyone who has or works with young children, neurodiverse children, challenging children or children with special rights or needs. Learn the core underpinnings of Self-Reg and why we truly believe that there is no such thing as a bad kid.

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