Dr Stuart Shanker and Mike McKay on Self-Regulation

WACOSS Special Members Update

WACOSS and our Partners are pleased to announce that the information about a range of events has been finalised and is now available.

The nexus between neuroscience and child development has created ideal conditions for a developing interest and engagement in self-regulation. Central to this work is Dr Stuart Shanker who was appointed by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Michelle Scott, as her 2012 Thinker in Residence. Since Stuart’s last visit, the influence of his time with us has been profound and people across a range of sectors, including early childhood, out of home care, children and family services and youth, have been talking about how we might continue the work he initiated, provide opportunities for professional development for practitioners and undertake further work with Stuart and his colleagues in a more in-depth fashion around self-regulation, applying it to the work of their services. That hope is now coming to fruition.


What is Self-Regulation?

Self-regulation refers to the ability of a child to deal with stressful situations effectively and being able to return to a baseline of being calm, focused and alert. To read more about the concept of self-regulation Initiative please click here . To read more about Dr Shanker and his colleagues — including the Project Director, Mike McKay — at the Canadian Self-Regulation Initiative please click here.


Events that will be taking place during Mon 3rd Feb – Thu 13th Feb include:


Raising Children & Self-Regulation: An information Session for Parents – Thu 6th Feb

Today’s Professionals – Learning the Basics of Self-Regulation for Children & Families – Tue 11th Feb

Introductory Master Classes

Introductory Master Class – Tue 4th Feb

Introductory Master Class – Sat 8th Feb

Introductory Master Class – Tue 11th Feb

Advanced and Practice Leader Master Classes

Advanced Master Class – Tue 4th Feb

Advanced Master Class – Fri 7th Feb

 Practice Leader Classes – Tue 3rd Feb & Thu 13th Feb



Please note in order to attend the Advanced and Practice Leader master classes an Expression of Interest form must be completed. Completed forms must be emailed to carla@wacoss.org.au by Monday 20th January. Notification of acceptance will be sent to successful applicants via email by Friday 24th January.

WACOSS would like to thank our Community Sector Partners Communicare, Wanslea, Child Australia, Parkerville and Ngala.

WACOSS is also pleased to be working with our Corporate Partner, Woodside.

WACOSS acknowledges the Sponsorship from the following Government Agencies Department of Local Government and Communities, Mental Health Commission, Commissioner for Children and Young People, Department of Education and Department of Health.

Please contact Carla Lo Presti at WACOSS on 9420 7222 or carla@wacoss.org.au should you require further information or assistance with registrations.