Shanker Self-Reg®

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What is Shanker 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 tool 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.

“Self-Reg is not a universal platform, targeted intervention or behaviour management program. It is a whole new way of thinking. The key idea that informs this new way of thinking is that living and learning are grounded in optimized self-regulation rather than self-control.”

–Dr. Stuart Shanker

Self-Reg is about:

  • exploring and testing out the ways in which relationships, environments, routines and activities can enhance self-regulation

  • understanding the difference between self-regulation and self-control

  • recognizing the difference between misbehaviour and stress behaviourand pausing to ask “Why am I seeing this behaviour? Why now?” before we react

  • noticing subtle signs of stress behaviour that we never saw or understood before

  • the transformation from being a “service provider” or an “institution” to becoming a “Self-Reg Haven,” a place where everyone feels emotionally as well as physically safe

Across Cultures

Knowledge and practices about self-regulation are naturally embedded in all cultures. For example, Indigenous elders in Canada have told us that Self-Reg has similarities to the holistic worldview of Indigenous cultures. They have told us that the Five Domains of Self-Reg reflect the interconnectedness of the social, emotional, mental and physical well-being of people that is represented in various ways across Indigenous cultures (including the Medicine Wheel).

Self-Reg Across the Lifespan

Self-regulation is not just a story of the early years. Science is revealing insights about the impact of self-regulation across the lifespan, from the pre-natal months into the senior years. Enhancing an individual’s ability to self-regulate in a mindful way has a dramatic impact on the well-being and learning capacity of children and teens and the parents and educators who care for them and work with them.

TMC is Committed to a “Dynamic System” Model

Dr. Shanker’s Self-Reg Framework and its underlying dynamic systems model is the foundation for all our work at TMC.

In Shanker Self-Reg® all five domains of self-regulation—biological, emotion, cognitive, social, and prosocial—are viewed as a dynamic system. The domains all influence one another as part of a complex, yet seamless, integrated web.

  • Each domain presents a unique set of stressors, which are impacted by and impinge on stressors in all the other domains.

  • Children, teens and adults learn how to manage their stress in all five domains, and not just the one or two domains that may be the primary concern.

We cannot consider the well-being of any child or teen without thinking of the well-being and self-regulation needs of the all the adults in their lives. This includes parents and educators, but it also includes grandparents, school bus drivers, the staff at the community centre and the elderly neighbour down the road. Everyone.

What Is Self-Reg?
Shanker Self-Reg® is a universal platform for understanding and supporting self-regulation in children, youth and adults. It is not meant to replace diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders.