RESOURCE: Self-Regulation Toolkit

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Self-regulation is the ability to manage your own energy states, emotions, behaviours, and attention, in ways that are socially acceptable and help achieve positive goals such as learning, maintaining good relationships, and achieving well-being. Safe and Caring has partnered with The MEHRIT Centre and Dr. Stuart Shanker–one of Canada’s foremost experts in self-regulation–to develop a series of resources to help … Read More

YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: Anxiety is the Worst

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by: Logan Peters Anxiety is the worst. Anxiety is a monster that eats away at its victims and haunts those who think they’ve shed it’s torment. Quite dark, I know. But this is my relationship with anxiety. I think everyone struggles with an anxiety monster at some point in their lives. Anxiety can come in many forms; it’s different for … Read More

FOCUS ON: Laying the Foundations for Self-Regulation

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Guest Contribution by: Dr. Stuart Shanker, D. Phil, CEO of the MEHRIT Centre, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Psychology, York University. In their 1996 Report on Aboriginal Peoples, the Royal Commission spelled out how: “Children hold a special place in Aboriginal cultures. According to tradition, they are gifts from the spirit world. They carry within them the gifts that manifest themselves … Read More

FOCUS ON: Expanding our Understanding of the Meaning of “Safe” by Dr. Stuart Shanker

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Guest Post by: Dr. Stuart Shanker There are certain unmistakable signs of when a child doesn’t feel safe: the child is very withdrawn and subdued; emotionally volatile; overly anxious; highly impuls­ive; inattentive, or easily distracted. Or bullying other children. It’s this last sentence that should make us suddenly sit up and realize that we need to think seriously about what … Read More