Building Staff Co-Regulation to Support Healthy Relationships in Youth: A Guide for Practitioners

Agencies & Departments : 
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation

This guide begins by explaining how self-regulation underlies success in many areas of life and why adolescence is a crucial time for caring adults—like HMRE and other youth-serving practitioners—to offer self-regulation support. We introduce the concept of co-regulation, a process through which adults create safe spaces and nurturing relationships as the context for coaching the use of self-regulation skills that promote youths’ healthy development. The guide explains how integrating co-regulation approaches into youth service delivery may improve program implementation and youth outcomes. At the end of the document, you will find information from the SARHM project on specific strategies and resources you can use to improve co-regulation in your program. Learn more.