Self-Regulation Training System

Evidence-Based Strategies to Teach Social Emotional Skills

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.

3 Skill Training Areas

Physical Regulation Skills:

– Identifying warning signs

– Learning how to calm the body

Emotional Regulation Skills:

– Identifying and expressing feelings

– Instilling a sense of responsibility

Cognitive Regulation Skills:

– Healthy vs unhealthy thoughts

– Understanding motives for behaviors

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 

Learning how to self-regulate is a crucial skill for students. Self-regulation training can help students manage their emotions, control their impulses and improve their focus. These skills have a significant impact not only on their performance in school but also on their success in life. In school, students who have mastered self-regulation have been found to have better academic outcomes and more positive social relationships. Outside of school, being able to self-regulate can help students make better decisions, cope with stress and navigate difficult situations. Ultimately, the ability to self-regulate is a valuable tool that can help students succeed in all aspects of their lives.


Statistically significant increase in Self-Regulation skills after just 12 lessons (6 contact hours).

Data collected on more than 5000 students from Pre-K through high school.

What Attendees Have to Say

"This training taught me a new way approach to behavior management and teaching. I can't wait to use it in the classroom!"
School Counselor
Seattle, WA
"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!"
High School Teacher
Savannah, GA
"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
"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 Counselor
New Orleans, LA



Brad Chapin, LCP, MLP

Brad Chapin, LCP, LMLP

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

Brad Chapin is a masters level psychologist and a recognized thought leader in the area of Self-Regulation. He is also Director of Clinical Services at a large regional medical center. The author of four books including Helping Young People Learn Self-Regulation, Brad is the creator of the Self-Regulation Training System. He is an international speaker, blogger and consultant on utilizing engaging, creative interventions from an evidence-based framework to help children succeed.

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