Evidence-Based Strategies to Teach Impulse-Control & Self-Management Skills to K-12 Student


When a student can’t read, we teach him how. When a student struggles with algebra, we give her skills to help. When a student has trouble behaving, what do we do?

Self-Regulation skills can be taught. Not all students have the same ability to regulate emotions, behaviors and responses to difficulties. And those who have not mastered Self-Regulation can be very disruptive to instruction time. When educators include lessons on Self-Regulation as part of the curriculum, everyone can benefit from the training on how to recognize triggers and how to manage
responses to them. Rather than trying to modify behavior and/or removing the stimuli that results in unacceptable behavior, Self-Regulation training gives students control over their responses. 

Self-management is a key element of social-emotional learning. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines self-management as “the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.” 

Developing the ability to self-regulate provides a student with critical life skills needed to achieve academic success, maintain emotional control and experience healthy social interaction. They are better equipped to handle anger issues, anxieties, impulsiveness, academic challenges, classroom behavior issues, self-esteem struggles and social troubles. Teachers, counselors, social workers, administrators and other educators will see observable and sustained positive changes.

In this one-day training, Brad Chapin will provide recommendations and strategies that participants can use with all students, particularly with students who have behavioral and/or emotional self-control issues. The training consists of practical insights, recommendations and learning activities that are based upon the evidence-based approaches used in cognitive-behavior psychology. The content of this seminar is consistent with the principles underlying the RTI/MTSS and Positive Behavior Supports movements. Brad will provide creative, fresh and engaging approaches for individual students, small groups, classrooms and the whole school.

Participants will learn:

– To develop a level of understanding of the Self-Regulation framework sufficient for teaching it to students and presenting it to parents

– To apply step-by-step strategies/activities to teach young people how to increase self-regulation including: cooling the flame, my warning signs, melting freeze, you can’t make me laugh, free emotional expression, challenge software program, defiance trap

– To organize and implement strategies in a way that is most effective

– To address many social/emotional, behavioral and academic problem areas including: anger and oppositional behavior, depression & anxiety, academic performance, chronic impulsiveness, ADHD, motivation, learned helplessness, bullying & other school safety issues

– To access, monitor and report measurable outcomes from the application of self-regulation strategies 

Video Clips

Managing Emotional Reactivity

P X R = Suffering

Cognitive Recognition

Self-Regulation and Academic Success

Attendee Feedback

"This seminar taught me a new way approach to behavior management and teaching. I can't wait to use it in the classroom!"
Middle School Teacher
Seattle, WA
"The presenter held everyone's attention and was very engaging. The information was insightful and well-researched. I am excited to implement these strategies on my campus."
High School Principal
Anderson, IN
"This training is so relevant to challenges I face in my classroom. I feel like I've finally found strategies that I can use in class that will work!"
Middle School Administrator
Savannah, GA
"I learned so many skills and intervention strategies to use in class. I gained so much I can immediately use. This is an awesome training!"
High School Teacher
New Orleans, LA


9:45 am ET / 6:45 am PTAttendee Login
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT

Teaching Self-Regulation to Today’s Youth

  • How Self-Regulation relates to trauma, stress, academic performance, school violence, suicidality and social/emotional/behavioral problems
  • Research and evidence-based support for Self-Regulation for trauma, suicidality & acute stress symptoms
  • Keys to applying Self-Regulation practices to improve outcomes for those coping with trauma & other social/emotional/behavioral issues
  • Developing a framework for applying Self-Regulation as a prevention tool for all students and response strategies for those with trauma histories
  • Building blocks of the Self-Regulation Training System
11:15 am ET / 8:15 am PT

Three Skill-Training Areas for Improving Self-Regulation

  • In-depth discussion of 3 areas of Self-Regulation skill-development
  • Relationship of trauma symptoms, suicide prevention & self-regulation in 3 key areas of regulation (physical, emotional, cognitive)
  • Assessment, monitoring, selecting & implementing lessons to improve Self-Regulation in individual students
  • Working with more challenging cases of students with trauma and self-control issues
1:00 pm ET / 12:00 pm CTLunch
2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT

Working with Student Self-Regulation in Small Groups

  • Session-by-session walk-through of a Self-Regulation training curriculum
  • Additional strategies & variations to address specific problem areas like: Anger, anxiety, defiance, impulsiveness, depression, distractibility, negative school-attitude and academic discouragement
3:30 pm ET / 12:30 pm PT

 Tailoring Self-Regulation Strategies to Fit Individual Students

  • Using current technology to enhance Self-Regulation
  • Helping parents improve their child’s Self-Regulation skills at home
  • Additional recommendations for applying Self-Regulation practices to real cases
4:30 pm / 1:30 pm PTQ&A 


Credit Hours

Certificates of Completion for this training, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the seminar upon completion of a course evaluation.

In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts.

We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following National and Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

83% Reduction of Office Discipline Referrals

(Based on a pilot study of fourth grade classroom)

Self-Regulation Seminar Dates

Virtual Seminar
Monday, May 17, 2021
10:00 am ET / 7:00 am PT

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 this Seminar will be held as a Zoom Meeting.<BR>Attendees will be able to login beginning at 9:45 am ET/6:45 am PT. The live meeting will begin at 10:00 am ET/7:00 am PT.

Self-Regulation Seminar Pricing

Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration 
$149 USD
$129 USD
$109 USD
Regular Registration
$189 USD
$169 USD
$149 USD
Register early and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
If you cannot attend the event on the scheduled date, or if the event is postponed for any reason, you may send a substitute, transfer to a different event or request a Voucher for a future event. Substitutions should be made in writing (please email and are welcome until the day of the event. Vouchers are valid for up to three years for future AccuTrain events and may be transferred to a colleague.

Seminar Presenter


Brad Chapin, LCP, LMLP

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

A leading authority on Self-Regulation, Brad Chapin, LCP, LMLP is a masters level psychologist with a  passion for helping others learn the skills necessary for success and happiness. He is a best-selling author and nationally-recognized speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He has served as the Director of Child and Adult Community Services for a large community mental health center where he supervised 65 mental health field staff. Currently, Brad is the Director of Clinical Services for Stormont-Vail Behavioral Health Services.

Brad created the Self-Regulation Training System from a practical, research-based from foundation. His strategies have helped thousands of people develop skills necessary for success in job and academic performance, relationship and overall wellness.

Brad’s first book, Helping Young People Learn Self-Regulation, is in its second printing. He has since published Helping Teens Learn Self-Regulation and The Legend of the Regulators and the SECRET List as well as several additional resources for helping students learn Self-Regulation skills.

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