Mission

Self-Reg Global is dedicated to creating an international community that is equipped with the science of Shanker Self-Reg® and the Shanker Method®, and united by the shared vision
of a just, self-regulating society.

Our Team

Dr. Susan Hopkins

Dr. Susan Hopkins

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr. Susan Hopkins (EdD), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Self-Reg Global. In the past two-plus decades Susan has worked in numerous educational contexts and roles: early years, K-12 and post-secondary, teacher, vice-principal, curriculum developer, and inclusion coordinator. Under her leadership, Dr. Stuart Shanker’s organization, The MEHRIT Centre, has evolved into a highly respected, accessible, and successful center for Shanker Self-Reg® learning, serving thousands of learners from Canada and around the world. As CEO of Self-Reg Global Susan will bring that same experience and passion to Self-Reg Global’s international movement working with partners in various countries to support and amplify locally-led Self-Reg initiatives.

Susan is the co-author of the Self-Reg Schools Handbook for Educators with Dr. Stuart Shanker (Pearson, 2019) and developed the online resources for the Principal’s edition.

 Dr. Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker

Founder & Visionary

In a distinguished career in philosophy and psychology spanning over three decades, Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) has always been guided by three fundamental principles:

  1. There is no such thing as a bad, lazy, or stupid child, although they can easily be turned into such
  2. There is no such thing as a child – or adult – who can’t learn new ways to self-regulate in a manner that promotes rather than constricts growth
  3. There is no such thing as a “fixed outcome”: trajectories can always be changed, at any point in the lifespan, if only we have the right knowledge and tools

These three principles are based on a revolution taking place in the life sciences: principally, neuroscience, physiology, psychology, and clinical theory. The result is Shanker Self-Reg®: a powerful method for managing stress in a manner that enhances growth and resilience in all ages.

 Dr. Shanker is the celebrated author of Calm, Alert & Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life, and most recently Reframed: Self-Reg For A Just Society. These best-selling works have been published in over a dozen languages.

Dr. Shanker is also the founder and visionary of The MEHRIT Centre. Thousands of parents and educators from across Canada have enrolled in the online courses or joined in discussion groups run by TMC. Self-Reg Global has now been created to meet the demand to establish similar Self-Reg initiatives in the international community.

The goal of Self-Reg Global is to provide parents and educators around the world with the tools needed to raise healthy and vibrant children; and to provide adults and seniors with a powerful method for enhancing their own well being.

In this challenging time in which we are living, Self-Reg inspires what is most desperately needed: a profound sense of hope for the future.

Adam Kemp

Adam Kemp

Project Manager

Now working in multiple roles at The MEHRIT Centre and Self-Reg Global, Adam began his career as a research scientist. Adam has worked on numerous research projects for the MEHRIT Centre aimed at bringing Self-Reg to the community in new and exciting ways and now Adam aims to bring that passion for R&D to aid Self-Reg Global’s mission to potentiate the potential of every child, every human being.

Paula Jurczak MA, RCC-ACS, RSW, DIR-ET

Paula Jurczak MA, RCC-ACS, RSW, DIR-ET

Dean of eLearning

Paula Jurczak is a Registered Clinical Counselor, Registered Social Worker, DIR Clinician and Expert Training Leader and Self-Regulation Consultant in BC specializing in assessment and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with complex mental health issues, specialized medical conditions and special needs. Paula holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work. Paula uses a strength based, family centered multidisciplinary approach and her work is informed by current research and evidence-based intervention. Paula maintains a private practice using DIR and Self-Regulation models to support individuals experiencing attachment and regulatory challenges, behavioral and emotional difficulties, neurodivergent challenges and complex mental health issues.

Additionally, Paula provides clinical supervision to organizations and counselors seeking to enrich their practice. She is the Dean of eLearning for The Mehrit Centre (TMC) and works collaboratively to support Self-Regulation in schools, organizations, health and social service agencies across Canada. Paula Jurczak also presents internationally and provides psychoeducational workshops, reflective parent coaching, online support services and support groups and consultation to hospitals, mental health clinics, preschools and schools.

Paula is passionate about supporting people in healthcare and individuals and organizations internationally. “I love learning from people in other cultures and seeing how self-reg is being applied world-wide!”
Ronaldo Kalantarov

Ronaldo Kalantarov

Social Media & Marketing Strategist

Ronaldo started his professional journey as a Creative Strategist as he developed his skills in research, consumer insights, media and creative strategy development. As a newly recruited member of Self-Reg Global’s family, Ronaldo is dedicated to enriching his knowledge of Shanker Self-Reg science and helping the organization amplify the science and stories of Self-Reggers all around the world. Moved by Dr. Shanker’s vision of a just society, Ronaldo embraced this notion into his work and keeps it at the forefront of all SRG’s communication initiatives.

Kim Smith, MScEd, OCT, (she/her)

Kim Smith, MScEd, OCT, (she/her)

Self-Reg Online Learning Facilitator & Presenter

Kim is a wife and mother and has been an elementary educator for over 30 years with the York Region District School Board, 18 of those years as a Principal. She has a Master’s degree in education, is a Cognitive Coach and is also trained in Adaptive Schools and Mindfulness. Kim has been inspired by the work of Stuart Shanker and strives to create a haven in her school for students, staff and parents. She believes that self-reg is the way to finding calmness and comfort in our fast-paced world and looks for ways of sharing this with others.

Aidan Kennedy

Aidan Kennedy

Videographer

Aidan is the co-founder of Two Blue Shirts Productions based in Port Hope, Ontario. Aidan comes from a family of performers and found his creative outlet behind the camera. Aidan studied television and new media production at Loyalist College and uses his skills to produce high quality projects for commercials, radio, web series, short films, as well as online learning resources for both The MEHRIT Centre and Self-Reg Global.

Aaron Peacock

Aaron Peacock

Videographer

Aaron is also a co-founder of Two Blue Shirts Productions and is a highly skilled videographer and film maker; with his short film projects being shown at film festivals all over North America. Aaron studied film and TV production at Humber college and has produced a number of high quality film, TV, online and radio projects with his business partner Aidan. Aaron also famously took on the role of Detective Bradford Cannon in The MEHRIT Centre’s: The Stressed Detective.

research

Learn more about the studies that have helped shaping the science of Shanker Self-Reg®, and the researchers behind them.

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