The Self-Reg Institute (SRI): Supporting Wellbeing for all through Rigorous, Emergent, and Thoughtful Research

Five years ago Dr. Shanker opened The MEHRIT Centre (TMC) to support the wellbeing of all through the practice of Shanker Self-Reg®. Through TMC’s website, books, courses, and speaking engagements, countless people around the world have had the opportunity to benefit from an understanding of the science and the practice of Self-Reg. These thoughtful and engaged community members have also begun to further the discussion of Self-Reg science and practice. In incredibly meaningful ways, they are clearly thirsting for a better and deeper understanding of how Self-Reg can benefit the wellbeing of themselves and their communities.

The Self-Regulation Institute was developed out of this conversation and Dr. Shanker’s foundational love of and belief in the power of rigorous, emergent, and thoughtful research. SRI uses research to explore understandings of stress, the nature of stress in all five domains (the Shanker Method®)  the teaching of Shanker Self-Reg® and Self-Reg practice, the teaching of Self-Reg, Self-Reg and Self-Reg practice, and assessing and evaluation of Self-Reg to deepen our understanding of Self-Reg in order to support wellbeing and ultimately allow for all to engage fully in life.

What We Research

Self-Reg research is a community driven. Our research questions evolve from ideas raised by our communities and our goal is that through a rigorous academic process we can bring a deeper understanding to these issues and bring meaningful and relevant change for our communities.

Self-Reg Research Process

Combining academic research with community engagement and seeking to reflect Self-Reg practice in all we do requires a unique, innovative, and valuable research process. In researching, our team follows several of the five steps of Shanker Self-Reg.

Self-Reg Research:

Reframes existing research from a Self-Reg perspective to determine what these important works have to offer to our understanding of stress, Self-Reg, and Self-Reg practice

Recognizes and honours:

  • the insights of our community members, our research team, and existing research.
  • that we have a great deal yet to learn and that this emergent process will generate new questions and directions.

Reduces misunderstandings and misconceptions about stress, Self-Reg, and Self-Reg practice

Reflects on our research findings and process to ensure that we are always maintaining a rigorous academic approach that is also meaningful and relevant to our community

Responds to our communities’ needs as they seek to understand and practice Self-Reg in their lives.

Definitions for Self-Reg and Self-Regulation

SRI defines Self-Reg as a five-step method developed by Dr. Shanker to enhance self-regulation in children, youth, young adults, and adults.   The five steps of Self-Reg are Recognize, Reframe, Reduce, Reflect, and Respond.

SRI defines self-regulation as the ability to manage stress and refers to the neural processes that control the energy expended to deal with a stressor and then recover. When an individual’s stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of dysregulation show up in the behaviour, or mood, or attention, and physical well-being.