Self-Reg: Parenting in the Pandemic
Parenting is often challenging, even more so these days as parents navigate the changes, uncertainties and anxieties associated with reschooling children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Stuart Shanker, author of Self-Reg (2016) and Reframed (2020), will introduce Self-Reg, a fresh approach that offers parents a new and more hopeful way of understanding and addressing the unique stressors children (and their parents) are facing during this unprecedented time. Dr. Shanker says recovery—how well we can stabilize after dealing stressors and challenges— is one of the keys to responding to stress in ways that promote growth and learning. “The more effectively we can recover from the energy expended to deal with a stressor, the more primed we are to deal with the next stress, and the next, and the next.” Topics will include:
• the impact of excess stress on our brain activity, and in turn our energy, tension and behaviour
• the five domains of self-regulation
• the difference between self-regulation and self-control, and between misbehaviour and stress behaviour
• Self-Reg: Dr. Shanker’s five-step method for understanding and managing stress, energy and tension
• co-regulation: the importance of relationships
• the importance of Self-Reg for parent well-being and effectiveness
Dr. Stuart Shanker
Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., and founder and Scientific Director of Self-Reg Global Inc. One of his many books, “Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (2012)”, is a top-selling educational publication in Canada., Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life (2016),has garnered enthusiastic reviews and media attention throughout North America and has also been published in the UK, the US, Poland, Germany, South Korea, China, The Netherlands, and The Czech Republic. His latest books are Self-Reg Schools: A Handbook for Educators (2019) and Reframed: Self-Reg for a Just Society (2020)
Over the past decade, Dr. Shanker has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the United States, and in countries around the world. During this period, he became increasingly interested in the impact of excessive stress on child development and behaviour. Dr. Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model, The Shanker Method®, is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults.
In 2012 Dr. Shanker founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre. Dr. Shanker commits considerable time to bringing the research and science of Self-Reg to parents, early childhood educators, teachers, educational leaders, health practitioners and communities through presentations, master classes, online courses, webinars, publications, social media and blogs.