College guidance and support services provider CCC Schools of Education announced Thursday it would ask Congress for $15 million to help colleges implement the Emotional Support Scale, which helps students with anxiety, depression, anxiety disorder, and other disorders manage their emotions.
The $15-million request would come after a recent study by the National Institute of Mental Health found that colleges and universities could save tens of millions of dollars in counseling costs and counseling and support costs by implementing the Embracing Emotional Learning Scale.
“We are thrilled that our federal leadership has made this request, and we look forward to receiving it in the coming months,” said Sarah Osterberg, chief executive officer of CCC, a nonprofit that helps provide educational, emotional, and social services to students.
“In light of the recent news of the devastating impact that the Trump Administration’s crackdown on campus speech and behavior has had on our community, we are calling for the federal government to immediately provide support for this crucial tool to help students, families, and educators navigate through their personal and professional lives and to better protect the privacy and security of students and their loved ones.”
The Embraced Emotional Learnings Scale is a tool developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to help counselors, students, and others understand and manage their feelings, learn how to manage their anxiety, and cope with their emotions safely and effectively.
The Embraces, which were developed by two former presidents of the Association, John F. Kennedy and George H.W. Bush, are currently being rolled out across the country by colleges and schools.
While the Embrace scales have not yet been widely adopted by other educational organizations, it is the first time in U.S. history that a major education agency has asked for help to help develop a new tool to assist students with emotional support.
The Embrace scale is a set of questions to help educators and counselors understand and deal with the emotional experiences that students, parents, and teachers experience on college campuses.
Embrades are designed to help people learn about and understand their own emotional health and well-being.
It is a combination of a questionnaire and a set number of statements that students and parents can answer to get an accurate assessment of their feelings and reactions to stressful situations.
“We are excited to partner with CCC schools to expand Embrace into schools across the nation,” said Anne Strydom, executive director of CCT, a national advocacy group for college and university campuses.
“As our nation struggles to recover from the recent election, we know that students’ feelings and experiences on college and campus campuses have been a constant focus of our work.
Now is the time for colleges and colleges to take on this important responsibility and expand the EmBraces Embrace to help our students feel safe and healthy, while still protecting their privacy and safety.”