What is Self-Reg?
Self-Reg is a powerful method for understanding stress and managing tension and energy.
Self-Regulation refers to how people manage energy expenditure, recovery and restoration in order to enhance growth. Effective self-regulation requires 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.
Self-Reg is a powerful method for understanding stress and managing our energy flow in order to promote self-regulation.
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™:
Reframe the behavior
Recognize the stressors (across the five domains)
Reduce the stress
Reflect: Enhance stress awareness
Respond: Develop personalized strategies to promote resilience and restoration
Self-Reg is a valuable and accessible tool for children, youth, and adults as well as people who care about and work with them.
The neuroscience is giving us new understandings about the Self-Reg wisdom naturally embedded in all cultures. We are deeply interested in particular these days in what we can learn from Indigenous peoples in Canada about self-regulation. Many Elders have told us that Self-Reg has many similarities to the holistic worldview of Indigenous cultures. In particular the interconnectedness of the social, emotional, mental and physical well-being of people as is represented in a multitude of ways across Indigenous cultures, one example of which is the Medicine Wheel, is reflected in Dr. Shanker’s 5 Domains of Self-Reg.
Self-Reg Across the Lifespan
Self-regulation is not just a story of the early years; the science is revealing insights across the lifespan from the pre-natal months into the senior years. Enhancing an individual’s ability to regulate has a dramatic impact, not only on the well-being and learning capacity of children and teens, but also on the well-being and mental health of parents and educators.
TMC is Committed to a “Dynamic System” Model
In Self-Reg all five of the domains — 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 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.
Dr. Shanker’s Self-Reg Framework and the underlying dynamic systems model, is the foundation for all our work at TMC.