Reframing Bullying with Applied Self-Reg Knowledge Certificate Program

Reframing Bullying with Applied Self-Reg Knowledge Certificate Program

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Join Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins in this empowering online course designed to deepen understanding of bullying behaviours in schools and communities through the lens of science and applied Self-Reg knowledge. 

Reframing Bullying with Applied Self-Reg Knowledge is a 12-module, 3-month course brings together cutting-edge science, real-life scenarios, personal anecdotes, and practical tools, all tailored to the unique challenges faced in schools and communities today.

Who is This Course for: Anyone interested in learning the latest science and exploring a Self-Reg lens to support safer schools and communities 

Details about the Course:

  • Facilitated cohort (with a group)
  • 12-module course over 3 months
  • Videos for each module – with Stuart Shanker and Susan Hopkins
  • 3 hours a week to engage with the content and respond to discussion questions
  • Asynchronous learning (you chose when) during the week to complete the module
  • Head knowledge – the science with Stuart Shanker, heart knowledge – the reflective practice linked to our “whys” and values, and hands knowledge – the practical application tools, strategies, case examples
  • Opportunities to apply the knowledge and resources  from this course to your context and priorities

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Develop a profound understanding of the roots and dynamics of bullying behavior in children and youth.
  • Understand the neurobiological underpinnings of aggression in youth, connecting it to bullying behaviours.
  • Explore the Bullying Cycle deeply and develop targeted intervention strategies.
  • Learn the transformative power of the CARE System–a primitive emotion circuit in the subcortical brain.
  • Use the Self-Reg framework to plan for a refreshed approach to the longstanding problem of bullying in schools and communities. Consider, as part of a holistic lens on reducing bullying in schools;
  • School Environments: Reflecting on the physical and social aspects that influence bullying dynamics.
  • Mentoring and Teaching/Learning: Exploring how mentorship and educational approaches contribute to a positive school culture.
  • Growth-Promoting Relationships: Emphasizing the importance of positive connections between adults and youth in the school community.
  • Comprehensive Protocols: Unpacking discipline policies, home-school communications, and community partnerships.
  • Equity and Inclusion Practices: Examining strategies for honouring diversity and fostering greater equity and inclusion within the school environment.
  • Develop practical strategies to address complex bullying issues within the intricate fabric of schools and communities.
  • Explore ways to enhance the effectiveness of other locally led and locally valued anti-bullying initiatives


  • Module 1. Lack of CARE Begets Bullying
  • Module 2. The Yin-Yang of Self-Regulation
  • Module 3. Roots of Aggression in Youth
  • Module 4. Bullying Cycle in School Settings
  • Module 5. Neurobiology of the play and dominance primitive emotion circuits (PECs)
  • Module 6. The Missing Piece: Empathy in Youth
  • Module 7. Not-So-Hidden Epidemic in Schools and Communities
  • Module 8. Reframing Bullying - No Such Thing as a Bad Kid
  • Module 9. Roots of Empathy in Youth and Communities
  • Modules 10-12: Reframing Bullying – Applied Self-Reg Knowledge