Building Strong Families In A Pandemic : Virtual One Day Conference

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Online


  • This gives access to all sessions including the recording of any sessions missed.
  • This gives access to the parent streams.
  • This is for LWAB members who also work with parents and children. This gives ALL access to both the parent and professional streams
  • This gives access to all sessions including the recording of all sessions.

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Building Resilience in Parents and Children: The Self-Reg View Resilience has been a hot topic in child development and education in recent years. In this special webinar for professionals, Dr. Stuart Shanker (D. Phil), author of Self-Reg (2016) and Reframed (2020), will unlock the hidden keys to building resilience in parents and children. Dr. Shanker defines resilience as how well we can stabilize—come back to balance—after dealing stressors and challenges of all types. “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 both children and parents: how it affects 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

• the difference between misbehaviour and stress behaviour

• co-regulation: the importance of relationships

• Self-Reg: Dr. Shanker’s five-step method for understanding and managing stress, energy and tension




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.

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis has a simple maxim: “Healthy babies start with healthy parents.” This belief has led Dr. Dennis to focus her research career on rigorously evaluating interventions that can directly improve the health of mothers and fathers, with the overall goal of improving child health and well-being. She has over 20 years of experience leading large cohort studies and clinical trials — including intervention care models that leverage technology to improve clinical effectiveness and accessibility —  recruiting participants from all across Canada. She also developed the Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Scale, the most widely used breastfeeding measure internationally that has been translated into over 20 different languages to identify women early who are at-risk of poor breastfeeding outcomes. In total, Dr. Dennis has led eight Cochrane systematic reviews and published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers. She has received numerous awards and honors, including a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Marcé Medal from the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health.


  • Receive actionable solutions to support the mental and physical health of families in your care during the pandemic, and beyond. 

  • Learn about the unique challenges of the NICU experience and how interventions can impact parents’ and babies’ mental health outcomes.

  • Understand your role in supporting parents of children with mental or physical health concerns. You’ll learn about the latest Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and peer support research, pediatric neuro-development, how interventions can impact mental health outcomes and receive actionable strategies and tools to help families to thrive.

  • Hear about exciting developments, research, and case studies about Maternal / Child Health 

  • Explore Self-Regulation and the effects of excessive stress on behaviour, social-emotional development, intelligence, empathy, motivation, and character.

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